Abraxas remains the consummate Latin rock album. The confident sound of Santana stretching out and carving out a distinctive
new genre, the 1970 set is daubed with psychedelic accents and Afro-Latin grooves. Abraxas immediately captured the public’s ear, spending six weeks as the nation’s #1 album and spawning the cosmic “Black Magic Woman” as a Top 5 single that’s since become one of the most widely recognized songs in history. Picking up on the momentum of its excellent 1969 self-titled debut and drifting into more versatile territory, Santana reimagines what’s possible in melding various disciplines and styles. Mysticism and spirituality abound on cohesive performances involving a vibrant mélange of purring organs, conga beats, and fluid bass lines. And that’s to say nothing of the bandleader’s extraordinary playing.
Befitting such a classic, Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD presents the epic work in stunningly rich sound overflowing with information, textures, dynamics, and colours. After decades of being incorrectly reproduced on disc, instruments and musicians are placed in the proper channels. In addition to correcting the longstanding imaging mistakes, this collectable version—mastered from the original master tapes—captures the full tonal range of Carlos Santana’s guitar and nuances of his distinctive touch. Every detail is properly scaled, bringing you closer to the music and enhancing your emotional connection to this legendary record.
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