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    Santana released its second studio album, Abraxas, in 1970. Widely considered the band’s greatest achievement, it reached the top of the Billboard 200 charts and features the infamous “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va.” These covers really show the range of Santana’s sound as the band pushed the boundaries of blues, rock, jazz, and salsa. Stylistically varied, Abraxas is solid from top to bottom and full of memorable performances. “Black Magic Woman” alone cemented Carlos Santana as one of the century’s greatest guitarists, and Gregg Rolie’s Hammond organ and vocals are as memorable as they are integral parts of each song. Abraxas dives deeper into Latin rhythms, and Alberto Gianquinto’s piano is a strong addition to the jazz-fusion “Incident at Neshabur.” Santana also channels Eric Clapton on the slow-burning “Samba Pa Ti.” Full of alluring grooves, this is easily Santana’s most defining album, and a great place to start.

    Abraxas Catalog Number:  Columbia CQ30130

    Abraxas Track Listing:

    Side One

    1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts – 4:48

    2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen – 5:24

    3. Oye Como Va – 4:19

    4. Incident at Neshabur – 5:02

    Side Two

    1. Se A Cabo – 2:51

    2. Mother’s Daughter – 4:28

    3. Samba Pa Ti – 4:47

    4. Hope You’re Feeling Better – 4:07

    5. El Nicoya – 1:32

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