Abraxas [Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - Jim Allen
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jim Allen
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.
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646549025
  • Catalog Number: 65490
  • Sales rank: 558

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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of Santana's Great albums

    This is a great album and ought to be included in any decent rock collection, and is an absolute must have for any fan of the artistry of Rock guitar. He had a huge hit with his version of Fleetwood Mac's Black Magic Woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXPLOSIVE

    This Album is a must. There will never be another recording like this again. Amazing and so beautiful. I never get tired of hearing this recording. I had it on vinyl originally and now on CD. There is a Quadrophonic version with other renditions of the several songs, including Black Magic Woman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He hasn't been able to top this one.

    I never tire of listening to it. I bought it on vinyl (wore it out) and now have the CD. My all time favorite ablum period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    catching the soul

    Everytime I listen to it,is like the first time 30 years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YOU MUST HEAR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That's all that needs to be said.

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