April 24, 2014
9:34 am

Killer Classic - Santana "Abraxas"

Abraxas is Santana’s 2nd studio album. Consolidating the interest generated by their first album, Santana, and their highly acclaimed live performance at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, the band followed-up with Abraxas in September 1970. The album's mix of rockbluesjazzsalsa and other influences was very well received, showing a musical maturation from their first album and refining the band's early sound.
The title of the album, which features Mati Klarwein's 1961 painting, Annunciation, on the cover, comes from a line in Herman Hesse's book, Demian, quoted on the album's back cover: "We stood before it and began to freeze inside from the exertion. We questioned the painting, berated it, made love to it, prayed to it: We called it mother, called it whore and slut, called it our beloved, called it Abraxas...." The word "Abraxas" has use within Gnostic cosmology.
Abraxas features a mixture of Latin influences with familiar rock themes such as showcased electric guitar, organ, and heavy drums. The album also demonstrates Santana's stylistic versatility, including tracks such as "Samba Pa Ti" (a classic slow-burning piece) and "Incident at Neshabur", both being instrumentals. The latter has several rhythm and time signature changes consistent with its jazz feel. Latin percussion — congas, bongos and timbales, as well as a conventional rock drum setup, expanded Santana's foray into Latin rhythm.
In 2003 the album was ranked number 205 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Track listing
1970 Original Vinyl Record  
No. Title Writer(s) Length              
1. "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts" (Instrumental) Mike Carabello 4:51              
2. "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen"   Peter Green/Gábor Szabó 5:22              
3. "Oye Como Va"   Tito Puente 4:16              
4. "Incident at Neshabur" (Instrumental) Alberto Gianquinto, Carlos Santana 4:57              
No. Title Writer(s) Length  
1. "Se a Cabo"   José Areas 2:50  
2. "Mother's Daughter"   Gregg Rolie 4:25  
3. "Samba Pa Ti" (Instrumental) Santana 4:54  
4. "Hope You're Feeling Better"   Rolie 4:11  
5. "El Nicoya"   Areas 1:30  
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