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ABRAXAS

Santana

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.24 | 443 ratings

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snobb
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5 stars Second Santana (band) album and one more from golden four first albums. After the perfect debut, there are not too many changes in direction on this album.

Main difference - sound became more well balanced. If there were plenty of citation from blues-rock, or hard rock, or psychodelia on their first album, there all same styles are melted in one mixture, with stronger feel of jazz/fusion.

Ingridients are in fact almost the same, but from now it is much more difficult to catch where blues-rock is finished and latin-rock is started in composition, etc. This better balance made all music less raw, but gave more sofisticated feel. In fact, it classical Santana sound now ( for their earlier period, of course).

The album includes some their best ever songs, as Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman" cover ( which successfully was converted from Peter Green's blues-rock to Latin-bluesy rock), perfect Latin instrumentals "Oye Como Va" , "Se A Cabo" and "Samba Pa Ti".In fact, all the album sounds as greatest hits collection! One of band's best albums from their golden age.

snobb | 5/5 |

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