Santana, Abraxas (1970)
I fell in love with the music of Santana as a 12 year old. We got the first family CD player and a Greatest Hits album from Santana was one of the first discs in the house. And various 1960s/70s compilation tapes, Vietnam War-era soundtrack stuff, had served up some Santana too. And then that appearance at Woodstock. I was hooked. That footage blew me away, watching it for Woodstock’s 20th Anniversary. It’s pretty embarrassing where the Santana band-name/brand-name has ended up but the first handful of albums is still amazing to me. This one is the one with all the hits, the big second album. It’s pretty extraordinary. Still. I don’t play it all that often. Don’t need to. But I love it.
Sample Track: Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
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