Album #203 – Abraxas

Album #203

Santana came along at a time in rock where Latin influences were not being explored. Santana sounded like virtually no other band. That was the great thing about American rock bands in the late 60’s and early 70’s. They each had their own unique sound. Santana’s was psychedelic rock, blues rock and Latin and Spanish influences. The majority of Carlos Santana’s band during this time were white and were all musicians. His drummer was only 20 when this album was released. Although the lineup would change over the years, one member remained constant: Carlos Santana. He has been with this band through over forty years. I loved this album so much. The Latin rhythms are infectious. This is Santana’s second studio album and it is just as amazing as their first. I hold these two albums with the highest regard. I found that after the third album, Santana started to go down hill and he was not as good as those first few albums. I think this could be because those albums became more about Carlos Santana and less about the band. The first two albums are more about the band as a collective. Santana came out of San Francisco and they were the first band to ditch the folk-rock influences of the other San Francisco bands such as The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. The album’s biggest hits are two amazing covers: Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (Black Magic Woman was originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac and written by their front man and founder, Peter Green) and Oye Come Ova (Originally written and recorded by Tito Puente). The rest of the album is mostly instrumentals that showcase the musicianship of Santana’s members. This is also done on their first album. Overall, this album was a joy to listen to and I am so glad I have it in my collection. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.

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