Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Santana - Abraxas CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.23 | 569 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Prog Reviewer
5 stars 4.5 Stars

Abraxas may be a very commercial album, but this isn't "Supernatural". This is Santana magically mixing accessibility, dance-like qualities, innovation, complexity, virtuosity, and emotion into a latin-rock masterpiece. The first song is an improvisational latin-jazz fusion track with scarce but brilliant guitar notes over a groovy latin rhythm. "Incident at Neshabur", "Mother's Daughter", and "Hope You're Feeling better" are outstanding classic rock songs with unforgettable hooks and main riffs.. "Se a Cabo" and "Samba Pa Ti" are great instrumentals; a fast-paced rhythmic tune and a romantic and emotional one respectively. "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va" are the great hits. Black Magic Woman starts generally soft with great melodies and arrangements and ends in a louder and more energetic jam. "Oye Como Va" is driven by a Hammond organ riff and is insanely catchy and danceable. It has to be a great song to become a monstrous hit even though it is sang in a foreign language. It is regarded as a classic in the music of its kind.

The rating is rounded up because I never heard music of this kind to exceed the quality presented here. Best album of its kind from my musical knowledge. I highly recommend you to check this album.

1_Singing Winds, Crying Beasts (A-)

2_Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (A)

3_Oye Como Va (A+)

4_Incident at Neshabur (A)

5_Se a Cabo (B+)

6_Mother's Daughter (A-)

7_Samba Pa Ti (B+)

8_Hope You're Feeling Better (A+)

9_El Nicoya (C )

Zitro | 5/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this SANTANA review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives