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Abraxas [Bonus Tracks]

Abraxas [Bonus Tracks]

by Santana Santana
Abraxas [Bonus Tracks]

Abraxas [Bonus Tracks]

by Santana 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 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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Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/1998
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646549025
catalogNumber: 65490
Rank: 3797


  1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
  3. Oye Como Va
  4. Incident at Neshabur
  5. Se a Cabo
  6. Mother's Daughter
  7. Samba Pa Ti
  8. Hope You're Feeling Better
  9. El Nicoya
  10. Se a Cabo
  11. Toussaint l'Overture
  12. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve   Drums
José "Chepito" Areas   Conga,Timbales
Gregg Rolie   Keyboards,Vocals
Mike Carabello   Conga
Alberto Gianquinto   Piano
Rico Reyes   Percussion,Vocals
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Composer
Santana   Audio Production
José "Chepito" Areas   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
David Brown   Composer
Mike Carabello   Composer
Fred Catero   Audio Production
Alberto Gianquinto   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer

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