The album that propelled Santana to the top of the charts

The album that propelled Santana to the top of the charts

Driven by an explosive performance at the legendary Woodstock festival, Santana found himself at the top of the charts with her second album, titled Abraxas . An opus which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary and on which we find the Black Magic Woman , Oye Como Va and Samba Pa Ti .

Three key pieces from the repertoire of the Californian band based in San Francisco and that the famous 73-year-old guitarist still performs live.

This short, nine-song CD, totaling 37 minutes, sold 11 million copies and was number one in Australia and the United States. It reached second place in Canada and third in Norway.

Abraxas is in 334th position of the chart of the best albums of all time, published by the magazine Rolling Stone , which has just been updated.

Recorded in the spring of 1970 at Wally Heider Studios and Pacific Recording Studios in San Francisco, the album was released on September 23, 1970.

Santana had released her first record a few weeks after a memorable and noticed stint at Woodstock.

Sound mixing

The lineup consisted of Carlos Santana on guitar, Gregg Rolie on vocals and keyboards, bassist David Brown, drummer Michael Shrieve and percussionists José Chepito Areas and Michael Carabello.

The eponymous album Santana , released in August 1969, had started things well with the titles Jingo , Evil Ways and Soul Sacrifice and a mixture of rock, blues, salsa, accompanied by a scent of psychedelia.

Abraxas allowed American training to reach an unprecedented peak in popularity and to ride a wave that continued for several years.

The group then went through a series of changes of musicians and they explored jazz and more experimental sounds on the Caravanserai , Welcome and Borboletta albums.

Santana regained success at the end of the 1990s with Supernatural, which sold 30 million copies.

Fleetwood Mac

The first single from the Abraxas album, Black Magic Woman is a cover of a piece by Fleetwood Mac, composed by guitarist Peter Green.

The piece had been released as a single by Fleetwood Mac on March 29, 1968. Santana added, at the end of Black Magic Woman , an instrumental portion called Gypsy Queen , composed by Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo. The title climbed to fourth position on the American and Canadian charts.

Oye Como Va , the second single, is a cover of a song by Puerto Rican musician Tito Puente, written in 1962.

Released after the song Hope You're Better , the instrumental Samba Pa Ti , the fourth single on this album, was written by Carlos Santana. He says he was inspired by a melody played by a saxophonist near his apartment.

In an interview with Mojo magazine, the guitarist born in Autlan, Mexico, indicates that Samba Pa Ti , one of Santana's fan favorites, can be considered to be the first song really coming from him.

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