Abraxas – Santana (1970)

Album no. 203/1001

Classic Santana. Sadly Rob Thomas doesn’t appear on this album (because he probably wasn’t born yet) but old mate Carlos was already busy ripping out the riffs.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: I only recognise ‘Black Magic Woman’ because it was on Guitar Hero 3. The best one.

NK: I have never listened to this album OR played Guitar Hero 3.

Standout track

CL: I want to say ‘Black Magic Woman’ just because I knew it going in – and objectively it’s a really good song – but I also really liked ‘Mother’s Daughter’.

NK: I really liked ‘Samba Pa Ti’, a laid-back instrumental number. I wish there had been more of that sort of thing. I agree with you about ‘Black Magic Woman’ and ‘Mother’s Daughter’, but overall I didn’t get much into this. That Latin drumming is not my thing.

CL: I don’t think there’s that much Latin drumming… it’s probably half and half. 

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: It’s the sort of album you’d definitely put on if you like your guitar licks with a bit of latin percussion. 

NK: ‘Samba Pa Ti’ sounds like it should be playing over the credits of a movie. Did Santana do any soundtracks? I think he would have been good at it. UPDATE: I had a look on IMDB and it looks like he didn’t. Pity.

CL: I wonder how many times ‘Smooth’ has appeared in movies?

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: It’s bringing something a little different to the traditional guitar band sound. Sort of in the footsteps of Os Mutantes … but maybe not quite as radical?

NK: Groovy latin blues, away with you. This is a bit different, combining a lot of different elements. Not always elements I was into, but definitely going their own way.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: I’d chuck this on again I reckon. It was good to have on while I was doing work. ‘Mother’s Daughter’ stands out as a winner though. 

NK: I don’t think so, this is not my sort of thing. There are a couple of good tracks, but I am not going to sit through the whole thing.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums. This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums. This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Abraxas on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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