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ABRAXAS

Santana

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.23 | 351 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars 4,5 stars really!!!!

This second album is just as much a stunner as their debut album was, but now comes also ijn a delightful and unrepentantly ethnic gatefold drawn by the same person who graced one other great album: Miles' Bitches Brew. It was also the first to be graced with that superb logo as well. With an unchanged line-up, Santana is definitely veering towards jazz- rock and they reach a first peak in their career (there will be many more) and this album is among my all time classics too.

From the first gusts of winds (cymbals scratchings) of Singing Winds to the latino El Nicoya, this albumis another perfect example of fusion. From the jazz-rock of the instrumental Singing Winds and the delighfully sunf Black Magic Woman (yes, the Fleetwood Mac early classic) to the latino hits such as Se A Cabo, Oye Como Va and others, is there any space for all out RnR? Well get a load of Hope You're Feeling Better or Mother's Daughter, to get your answer: this album kicks ass as well.

Compare to its predecessor, there are aspects of this album that have not aged as well, but it is defintely more jazz-rock than it. Another must-have from Santana and the remastered version comes with three great live tracks from that same year.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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