Abraxas [Bonus Tracks]

Abraxas [Bonus Tracks]

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by Santana
     
 

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While Santana's first album was successful by any measure, the seminal follow-up, Abraxas, took the band to stunning new heights both musically and commercially. It pushed the group's blend of Afro-Cuban music, jazz, and rock even further than before and forever changed the way that artists and audiences alike thought about cross-pollination. The album opensSee more details below

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While Santana's first album was successful by any measure, the seminal follow-up, Abraxas, took the band to stunning new heights both musically and commercially. It pushed the group's blend of Afro-Cuban music, jazz, and rock even further than before and forever changed the way that artists and audiences alike thought about cross-pollination. The album opens with the atmospheric, jazzy instrumental "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts" before segueing seamlessly into what would become a signature Santana piece, the medley of Peter Green's blues-rock tune "Black Magic Woman" and Latin jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo's "Gypsy Woman." A straight-up Latin thrust is maintained on Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," which would become yet another FM radio staple. "Incident at Neshabur" is a definitive amalgam of syncopated Latin percussion, rock riffage, and proto-fusion jamming. Keyboardist/vocalist Greg Rolie's two compositions ("Mother's Daughter," "Hope You're Feeling Better") are catchy rockers that represent the more commercial side of Santana. Unsurprisingly, the tunes penned by percussionist Chepito Areas are both the most polyrhythmic and the most heavily Latin-flavored. One would be hard-pressed to find a more successful melding of jazz, rock, and Latin music than Abraxas. The remastered edition adds three priceless 1970 live cuts.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The San Francisco Bay Area rock scene of the late '60s was one that encouraged radical experimentation and discouraged the type of mindless conformity that's often plagued corporate rock. When one considers just how different Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, and the Grateful Dead sounded, it becomes obvious just how much it was encouraged. In the mid-'90s, an album as eclectic as Abraxas would be considered a marketing exec's worst nightmare. But at the dawn of the 1970s, this unorthodox mix of rock, jazz, salsa, and blues proved quite successful. Whether adding rock elements to salsa king Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," embracing instrumental jazz-rock on "Incident at Neshabur" and "Samba Pa Ti," or tackling moody blues-rock on Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman," the band keeps things unpredictable yet cohesive. Many of the Santana albums that came out in the '70s are worth acquiring, but for novices, Abraxas is an excellent place to start. [Columbia/Legacy's 1998 reissue of Abraxas featured three previously unreleased tracks -- "Se a Cabo," "Toussaint l'Overture," "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" -- which were all recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall on April 18, 1970.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/1998
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646549025
catalogNumber:
65490
Rank:
22722

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve   Drums,Group Member
Tito Puente   Track Performer
José Chepitó Areas   Percussion,Conga,Timbales,Group Member
Gregg Rolie   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
David Brown   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Carabello   Percussion,Conga,Group Member
Alberto Gianquinto   Piano
Rico Reyes   Percussion,Vocals
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Brown   Bass Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Composer
Tito Puente   Composer
Neal Schon   Composer
Santana   Arranger,Producer
José Chepitó Areas   Arranger,Composer
Gregg Rolie   Arranger,Composer
David Brown   Composer,Engineer
Mike Carabello   Arranger,Composer
Fred Catero   Producer
John Fiore   Engineer
Alberto Gianquinto   Composer
Joel   Contributor
Mati Klarwein   Illustrations
Patricia Miller   Producer
Rico Reyes   Arranger
D. Brown   Composer
Carlos Santana   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Vic Anesini   Engineer,Mastering
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Bob Venosa   Artwork,Graphic Design
Abdul Mati   Cover Art
Maggie Magarian Schmidt   Cover Photo
Norman Orr   Artwork,Art Direction
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager
David Frangioni   Mastering
Ben Fong-Torres   Liner Notes
Dave Brown   Engineer
Elizabeth Calleja   Graphic Design
Hermann Hesse   Author
Annie Rudder   Continuity
Marianne Schmidt   Cover Photo

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