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Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, March 31, 1998
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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
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Okay, I loved the "IV" so much I broke down and scrapped my spare change together to pick up "Santana" '69 and "III" '71 to get a better feel on just who and what Santana were all about. This has been a great music find for me. I know, this review is coming like 35 years too late and there are many, many much better reviews posted here on this album.
I'm only admitting to those who've always known that I'm slow and was unaware, but for any of you out there who like me are just unaware and just browsing...I encourage you to at minimum give the samples a listen, but take it a step further, purchase this or "Abraxas" '70 or "III" '71 and give a good long listen. I am a new born Santana fan, and no matter if none of the other releases after these first three live up to the bar set by these three...I'll never disrespect the band again. I saw them outdoors back in '81 or '82 at the Cotton Bowl and just wasn't impressed, but in hind sight I believe my young musical ears just weren't ready. Today I'm ready, this is some Damn Good Music and my only regret is that I didn't discover it back in the '90s or sometyme earlier. But, I didn't and today is my new start and I'm Xcited.
There is not a single bad track or what I'd call filler material on this album...oh, the wasted years that I've endured without knowing and Xperiencing this album...the shame of it all. I encourage anyone wondering about the early Santana to give this album a listen.
The bonus tracks are also a nice additional treat. Couple of live tracks from Woodstock and a live alternate take on "Soul Sacrifice".
Keep On Rockin' In The Free World!!
Be The Change You Would Like The World To Make!!
Enough Is Enough!!