Abraxas Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
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|6. Mother's Daughter|
|7. Samba Pa Ti|
|8. Hope You're Feeling Better|
|9. El Nicoya|
|10. Se A Cabo (Live)|
|11. Toussaint L'Overture (Live)|
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The #1 smash that changed radio playlists forever. Includes Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen; Oye Como Va , and the seven other tracks from the original album. The CD-only bonus tracks are Se a Cabo; Toussaint L'Overture , and Black Magic Woman/Gyspy Queen , recorded live at Royal Albert Hall on April 18, 1970.
Santana's 1970 follow-up to their Woodstock-propelled smash '69 debut found leader Carlos Santana further expanding his San Francisco group's already broad musical boundaries. To wit: two hit singles that emanated from opposite ends of the spectrum--"Black Magic Woman," originally written and recorded by English blues-rock guitarist Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac, and New York Latin percussionist/dance music king Tito Puente's infectious "Oye Como Va." Tying blues, rock, and salsa together in one pancultural package, Abraxas also featured such standout tracks as "Gypsy Queen" and "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts." The latter underscored the growing Eastern sensibilities of guitarist Santana. --Billy Altman
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If you are a fan pick this up. Even if you don't have an SACD player this also plays back as a CD and that layer sounds great to. Couldn't be happier! Well a 5.1 mix would be nice but there is a charm to this stereo mix and along with the mastering that makes it a 10!
1.Singing Winds/Crying Beasts-What a opener. Everything just works so well on this cut. Carlos's guitar is exaclty that !crying on this track. It a great opener to the album. 10
2.Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen-Great keyboard riff and the guitar work on this is stellar. Classic Santana ! 10
3.Oye Como Va-A Tito Puente songs that sounds even better when Santana does it. Classic Santana ! 10
4.Incident At Neshabur-I love the jaz feel to this. The ending is my fav part when they go really slow. Carlos is once again on top on this track.
5.Se A Cabo-Can anyone say conga ! The percussion in this track is unbeleivable ! i dig the cowbell ! 10
6.Mother's Daughter-My Greg Rollie song ! What a vocal performance. Carlos's guitar work is great on this track. 10
7.Samba Pa Ti-OH MY GOD !! This is IMO the instrumentals to end all instrumentals ! The best guitar work I've ever heard on any record. Better than Stairway to Heaven, even though I ama huge Zep fan. This song will change anyones perception of what a great guitar can sound like while doing a solo ! 10000000000000000000
8.Hope Your Feeling Better-Great vocals once againg by Mr. Rollie. Great guitar riff from Carlos. 10
9.Il Nicoya-Interesting vamp on one chord. I hgave no idea what the title means but it's a great way to finish of the album. 10
Bonus tracks-The 3 bonus tracks were recorded live in 1970 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Out of all 3, Toussant L'overture sticks out ot me the most becasue of the guitar riff and the percussion.
IF YOU ARE A CLASSIC ROCK FAN THIS IS AN ALBUM YOU SHOULD NOT BE WiTHOUT !!!
However, THE POWERS THAT BE in the music industry really blew it both when they converted the album to SACD and to DTS. To my ears, when THE POWERS produced the SACD, rather than go back to the original analog master tapes, they went back to a 24 bit digital master. On my near audiophile system, I hear there is no discernable difference between the CD and the SACD.
With the DTS version, THE POWERS THAT BE made a different mistake. On the positive side, some of what is on the DTS version is absolutely amazing. Notes and instruments and some vocals which were edited out of the original album show up, making a different experience and take on the music. However, it appears they forgot to mix in the bass. What is there sounds like blead over of the bass picked up on different microphones, or the engineer/producer or someone really didn't know the sound of the original album when they mixed this version. Santana's work is very dense, with tons of percussion and Santana's incredible guitar work. The bass anchored and gave the rest of the music a primal feel. Its absence on the DTS is really missed, and leaves the music feeling incomplete.
So, I give this version of Abraxas 3 stars for the mistakes.
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Years ago I had the mobile 24K gold cd version of this classic Santana recording. It sounded superb. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr.Vinyl
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