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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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When I heard "Waiting" for the first time in a long time, it made me want to get up and do the rhumba. Even better than that, the integral "Shades of Time/Savor" had me looking for the nearest furniture that I could play the congas on. This music is definitely addicting and the re-mastered version includes three tracks recorded at Woodstock.
I highly recommend this.
Latin rhythms, rock and blues all merge together to form Santana's unique sound.
This "30th Anniversary Edition" has been digitally remastered and sounds great.
The icing on the cake is the three bonus tracks from Santana's electrifying Woodstock performance, a performance that shot the band into national prominence and deservedly so.
The original Santana band lineup was to go on to make 2 more excellent albums (Abraxas and III) before parting ways but neither of them, nor the albums that followed with other musicians, capture the raw energy of the group the way this first album did.