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Abraxas [Original recording remastered]

SantanaAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 31, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000062FL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
10. Se A Cabo (Live)
11. Toussaint L'Overture (Live)
12. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (Live)

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Product Description

The #1 smash that changed radio playlists forever. Includes Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen; Oye Como Va , and the seven other tracks from the original album. The CD-only bonus tracks are Se a Cabo; Toussaint L'Overture , and Black Magic Woman/Gyspy Queen , recorded live at Royal Albert Hall on April 18, 1970.

Santana's 1970 follow-up to their Woodstock-propelled smash '69 debut found leader Carlos Santana further expanding his San Francisco group's already broad musical boundaries. To wit: two hit singles that emanated from opposite ends of the spectrum--"Black Magic Woman," originally written and recorded by English blues-rock guitarist Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac, and New York Latin percussionist/dance music king Tito Puente's infectious "Oye Como Va." Tying blues, rock, and salsa together in one pancultural package, Abraxas also featured such standout tracks as "Gypsy Queen" and "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts." The latter underscored the growing Eastern sensibilities of guitarist Santana. --Billy Altman

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbia raises the bar February 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Columbia/Legacy has restored some of the best music in its catalogue, and this album gets a royal treatment. The three bonus tracks are from a live performance and give you a taste of the band's stage persona, but the sound quality is tweeked to perfection, if you have the old one, this is well worth the price. This album is essential to anyone concerned with an eclectic mix of rock. Blues influences are predominant, but the mix of jazz-fusion and Afro-latin rhythms make every track listenable and exciting. If your going to buy one Santana album, this is the one to start with, then go to his first and third albums. The rest will work out in time. A wonderful remastering to one of the greatest albums of all-time.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abraxas-a word you'll want to know January 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album, along with the first and third Santana albums, is Carlos at his best. I consider this original line up of Santana's band to be the best. Songs like "Incident at Neshabur" and "Se A Cabo" burn with a firey Latin intensity. There is GREAT singing and Hammond organ playing from Gregg Rolie on just about every song. Another highlight is "Hope You're Feeling Better", a more "straight-ahead" rocker-less "Latin-sounding" than most Santana songs. Also, the live bonus tracks are a real treat. The remastered sound quality is PRISTINE on the studio tracks- a real treat to hear that great Santana percussion so crystal-clear. While you listen to this album, marvel over how each song has such a "live" feel to it, not the sterility of many studio albums. It almost sounds as if the band is plugged in and playing live at your house! I can't recommend this highly enough-as well as Santana I and III. Do yourself a favor and get them ALL!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless Rock and Roll masterpiece! February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Wow what an album! Recorded in 1970, it proves that great musicianship is timeless and always delightful to hear. Carlos Santana is one of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century and he shows his technique here especially in "Black Magic Woman". Gregg Rollie (sp) blends his vocal talent perfectly to the style of music that Santana was playing. This is a great CD to any Rock-N-Roll fan especially on the end of the CD when you hear "Black Magic Woman" recorded live. A must have!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have this album on SACD, vinyl, DTS and CD. This SACD sounds identical to the regular CD. The other SACDs and DVD-Audio discs I own absolutely blow the CD and vinyl versions out of the water. To me, it sounds like they went back to the 24 bit/44.1k PCM master used to make the CD rather than to the original analog tapes. No matter how good the SACD format can sound, it cannot produce sound better than the source material. Garbage in, garbage out!

The DTS version is also not worth purchasing as they forgot the bass. Santana's music is very dense, with tons of percussion and Santana's amazing guitar. He is one of the Guitar Gods! No one can get into the meaning of a note the way he can. The bass is needed to balance and ground the music and gives it a primal feel. It is sorely missed on the DTS version.

This is probably Santana's best album. The music is 5 star all the way. It, and the public, deserve better. Buy the CD, save the extra 5 to 10 bucks and be happy until it is done properly.

To the reviewer who says "the SACD version blows away the CD version only if you have the right equipment," I have a near audiophile HT theater system consisting of a Yamaha C-750 DVD-A/SACD player, a Harman/Kardon Signature 2.0/2.1 pre/amp coupled to HK Citation 13 main speakers (the larger precursors to Shahinian Accoustic' ARC speakers) with a Velo sub. (Since writing this, I "upgraded" my speakers and sub to Infinity Kappa 9s with a dual 12" Infinity sub and Kapp 7.1 surrounds with no change of opinion.) To me, with the right equipment, the SACD still sounds identical to the CD.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Like The CD August 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had the CD, and thought that the SACD would be incredible, but alas, I've A/B's them and damn if I can tell the difference, and my equipment is quite good.
Be forwarned, if you do have the CD version, don't buy this SACD. You already have what you'd be paying extra for.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Album but Needs Better Remastering! March 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure why reviews of the gold, DTS and other versions are all on this page when clearly this page refers to the re-issued "re-mastered" 1998 version with bonus tracks but in any case, I'll review this version in case anyone's interested.

The cd itself has got great liner notes explaining a brief early history of Santana which is a nice touch. The bonus tracks, all previously unreleased, actually enhance the listening experience which seldom results as many other attempts at adding bonus tracks to otherwise classic albums tend to take away somewhat from the overall quality of the album. Also, given the fact that these last 3 tracks were recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, the sound quality is very good.

However, it's with the main course of this meal and not the dessert that I have my beef with. I don't know how much of this is due to a severely deteriorated master source but the sound quality of the album proper (i.e. the first 9 tracks) is quite poor. The volume levels are low overall and the bass seems to overpower everything else.

To its credit, nowhere on the cd does it claim that this album has been remastered only that it has been mastered by Vic Anesini which gives us hope that the powers that be can still seek out a better master source from the vaults or do a proper remastering job with today's state of the art equipment to truly do justice to this brilliant classic rock album.

And now to the quality of the songs: Carlos Santana who once played with Miles Davis is very obviously heavily influenced by him, Tito Puente and Gabor Szabo (Gypsy Queen) and this is very evident on this album.
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