Although, like many folks , I first became aware of Santana from their stirring performance of their debut-album closer “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock, (a movie, BTW, I sat through twice in the movie theater)
(note: brief nudity)
it was the second album, Abraxas that really sold me on the group. 1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts 2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
3. Oye Como Va
4. Incident At Neshabur 5. Se A Cabo 6. Mother’s Daughter 7. Samba Pa Ti
8. Hope You’re Feeling Better 9. El Nicoya
I’ve picked up about a dozen albums by Santana, including Santana III, Caravanserai and Love Devotion Surrender in the 1970s, Zebop! and Havana Moon in the 1980s, and a couple during his commercial resurgence. But none have brought me the unbridled joy of this album.
A couple notes: there are several Santana greatest hits compilations. Do NOT get the 1974 Greatest Hits album, which contains Black Magic Woman WITHOUT the segued Gypsy Queen. It’s like playing the Beatles’ Abbey Road and stopping before “The End”.
While I don’t love the more recent music as I did the earlier stuff, I get the feeling that Carlos Santana, the man, is not only a talented musician but a really decent man, as this interview suggests.