The album that started it all-it hit #4 in 1969 and stayed on the charts for 108 weeks! Includes the Top 10 single Evil Ways ; their first charting single, Jingo , and the rest of the original album. The CD-only bonus tracks, recorded live at Woodstock, are Soul Sacrifice; Savor , and Fried Neckbones .
By the time Santana arrived on the San Francisco scene in 1968, the Grateful Dead
's freeform antics were already legendary. But Santana was a jam band of another order--fueled by Latin rhythms, blues, bebop, and straight-ahead rock. Having set the audience at the 1969 Woodstock festival
on its collective ear, the band did the same for the nation with its self-titled debut, released later that summer. Songs such as "Evil Ways," "Jingo," and "Soul Sacrifice" contain extraordinary ensemble playing, powered by percolating congas and timbales and topped by the grippingly human cry of Carlos Santana's guitar. The 1998 reissue of the album contains three bonus tracks recorded live at Woodstock: "Savor," "Soul Sacrifice," and "Fried Neckbones." --Daniel Durchholz