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Abraxas

Santana

1970

Abraxas

Album Summary

Abraxas is the second studio album by Latin rock band Santana. It was released on September 23, 1970 by Columbia Records and became the band's first album to reach number one in the United States.

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Rating

3.7

Votes

5906

Genres

  • Rock
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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

Really good at recreational drugs, very good at guitar, pretty good at polyrhythmic rock, only okay at turning it into songs.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

So Mexico didn’t pay for the wall but I had tacos for dinner and Santana is awesome It’s hard for me to assign 5 stars to an album I’m mostly hearing for the first time (except a couple songs).. but I really got into this one. His guitar sound and riffs are so nice - and the other instruments esp percussion really create a certain feeling. I’m sure I’ll listen again

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Making a mental note to listen to this the next time I'm on Schedule I drugs

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

Wow! I came into this dreading an album full of 9 minute songs of musical masturbatory guitar solos, but that couldn't have been further from the case. The songs were short and rocking. Guitar work was tasteful and impressive and I was blown away by the percussion section. It felt like a jazz album of rock with a Latin feel.

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Fri Jan 08 2021
5

You know I love Santana. This one feels a lot more jammier than their debut. We do get some ventures into Jazz Rock on Incident at Neshabur. I don’t think anything is like mindblowingly incredible, but Carlos is ON POINT and the songs kick ass. They fuck. Not in love with the intro, but all the other songs absolutely go hard.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

I really loved this album. Santana is such an incredible guitarist, and the arrangements on this album are so complex and interesting. An all timer.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Wow… what an album! Of course I was super familiar with “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Cómo Va" and went in loving them. But hearing these in the context of the album was almost like hearing them for the first time with “Singing Winds, Crying Beasts” leading in and “Gypsy Queen” in between taking these songs to an entirely new level. I’ve really been missing out only hearing them as singles. Side A is rounded out by “Incident and Neshabur” - another fantastic song. It’s complex with time signature changes flowing along on a wave of incredible percussion - an utter joy to experience. I can only imagine how great this would be live. Side B doesn’t let up and I absolutely loved it at first listen. From the joyous instrumental “Se a Cabo” into the sultry opening of “Mother’s Daughter” there is a lot to love here. The vocal performance in the latter is fantastic. A great song that I’m surprised I haven’t heard before. “Samba Pa Ti” I have heard before somewhere, but not sure it was from Santana. Really beautiful song with some incredible guitar work. “Hope Your Feeling Better” leans more towards a funk/rock vibe supported by that incredible organ and guitar work that runs through the entire album. The album closes with and exciting finish on the percussive chant-heavy “El Nicoya.”

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Spy Kids

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Este disco me gustó mucho, y como comenté en MDH, creo que una razón por la que me gusta es porque no es "tan Santana", en el sentido de que por lo general se asocia a Santana con requintos atascadísimos y eternos de guitarra (no que sea algo malo, por cierto). Este disco no es "sólo" de requintos de Santana. Es una mezcla exquisita de rock ácido con influencias latinas y africanas. Just sit, listen, and relax.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Santana. That name says it all in regards to guitar, and music in general. this was the first album, I had heard of Santana growing up, and it is still an amazing listen to this day

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Latin rock / psych rock / jazz fusion Heavily latin-influenced album that constantly transitions to new musical ideas, similar to prog rock. 9/10

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

whoa - this album is incredible. I went through Santana's wikipedia and they legitimately have 60 former members

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Discazo

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Argued with myself on this one, undeniably a great album but you have to be in the right mood/frame of mind to listen to it.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Santana is undoubtedly a great guitar player. This album has black magic woman and oye como va. Overall the album isn't that great but santana needs a mention on this list

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Tue Sep 06 2022
3

I really dug me some Santana during the late-90's "Latin takeover" of popular music (Smooth featuring Rob Thomas? ¡Muy buena!). I always felt like a poser though, because classic Santana didn't do much for me - although there are some awesome remixes of Oye como va out there. And turns out it still doesn't - it's not bad, and you do have to respect a Latino artist bringing Spanish-language tracks and the Cali experience to the mainstream for the first time since Richie Valens (is this true? Don't know, but sounds good). But most of it sounds like the jam part of a Grateful Dead album, if Jerry Garcia were really good on guitar. So #Respect Carlos, but you're still getting a big tres from me.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Honestly didn't really enjoy this. It hasn't aged well and it is certainly note memorable or remarkable. In fact, as I am writing this my memories of having heard this album are fading....

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Je sais plus ce que c'était

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Sat Sep 18 2021
2

Every time I am about to listen to some Santana, I expect to like it, but end up disappointed. I do like this kind of jazz-rock with strong latin influence, but I keep feeling that something is missing.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

One of the greats. Best track: Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

IMPECÁVEL

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Thu Nov 19 2020
5

Love this album. Found it 30 years ago in high school.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Very good, I love Santana. Black Magic Woman and Oyler Como Va were obviously the best, but all the songs were amazing

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

awesome

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

graande santanaa

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

klassiker

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

vibe

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

*dances*

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

perfeito, santana é foda

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Sublime guitar work. Really can hear how he shape it for the next gen and the next gen

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

All-time classic. So good, from beginning to end. So many iconic tracks, too.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Very solid concept album! Oye como va Mi ritmo

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

One of the best albums of my life!

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

Unreal

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Love this album

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

It’s quite good, mixing their Latin music with the musical stylings of free form jazz to create an exiting listen

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

einfach gut.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Outstanding, classic guitar hero!

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Classic stuff. So well written. So many layers. Great shit.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Dope album

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Sun May 16 2021
5

overall thoughts: honestly? a near-perfect if not perfect album. i could play this from beginning to end and not run into a song that don't hit. i mean, what's not to like?? sick guitar playing, percussion, keyboard, everythiiing. had a wicked headache before putting this record on, and guess what, I'm chill af now. gotta love psychedelic latin rock. a classic, 5/5. fave tracks: black magic woman, samba pa ti, mother's daughter, oye como va, hope you're feeling better (they're all great tho)

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Another amazing one! Loved Santana as a kid but don’t think I realized he was making this stuff back in 1970. Killer

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Now this is the stuff I'm talking about. Smooth, sexy, and confident, but with an underlying rhythmic thrust that keeps driving forward. You have classics like Black Magic Woman and Oye Come Va on this and one of the most visually striking covers ever so...come on.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Very good album, surprising! Enjoyed the fusion of sounds.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

Santana could probably record his fart sounds played over guitar and drums and I would love it

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

Surprisingly loved, great guitar, not cheesy, good background listening

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Sat Sep 18 2021
5

Classic songs on a classic Santana album.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

10/10

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

9/10

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

stupendous!

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Fucking kickass album. Favorite tracks are Black Magic Woman, Mother's Daughter, and Oye Como Va.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

funky and classic

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

4.5/5 Quite a bit of variety, consistently exciting. Still coming around to Oye Como Va.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

This is a staple album, definitely belongs on this list. Santana is an incredible guitarist and musicion, blending his culture with some amazing classic rock styles. Must listen.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Great playing by Santana, wonderful songs

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen is a great track. Oye Como Va is also pretty sick. Incident at Neshabur is also also pretty sick. Really enjoy Mother's Daughter and Samba Pa Ti is also great - loving this album so far! Hope You're Feeling Better is sick. Honestly, what a great album! Every song is at least good and nearly all are great. First time listening through a full Santana album and I don't regret it.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

I am certainly familiar with Santana, but I have never listened to this (nor any Santana) album before. I was quite pleased with it all. Honestly, previous to listening to this album, I thought that I didn't like Santana in that way. The occasional song here and there was all I thought that I was interested in. I have changed my mind on that for sure...at least for this album. I will check some other Santana albums out now too.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Santana is its own thing, isn't it? Like a genre unto itself. Instantly recognizable but hard to describe. It's even more interesting to me as the songs are from a variety of songwriters (Fleetwood Mac! Tito Puente!) and yet sound so cohesive. How is it that no one else plays the guitar like that? Copyright? Trademark? I mean, 29 years later, with another big hit album, you knew it was Santana again. Having never heard this album besides the two big songs, I really loved the ride this took me on.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Always been my fave

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Love this album - sometimes you need music like this to wash over you.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

the album with Oye como Va. This album was really fucking solid. Also, the album artwork absolutely fucks.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

An incredible album even by today's standards. This is easily one of Santana's finest works that continues to offer me joy with each listen. Favorites: "Black Magic Woman", Oye Como Va", "Hope You're Feeling Better"

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

wtf

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Brilliant fusion of jazz rock funk soul latin music. 1970 as well, i didn’t know how early this was. I could listen to this all day and not get bored or annoyed.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

CLASSIC FOR A REASON! Love this album.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Solid smooth vibes

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Not a single weak song on this whole album. I only knew the singles but I thought every track held up. Hard to believe this gem is over 50 years old, it feels just as fresh today. 5/5 stars

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Excellent album, the first one better tho

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

I got a black magic woman Got me so blind I can't see That she's a black magic woman She's tryin' to make a devil out of me

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Il s'agit de ma confiture.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

First intentional brush with the legend, and I think it was an incredible first brush.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Psychedelia at its finest.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

21/03/2022

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Excellent fusion of genres. You have latin, jazz, blues-rock, and jam all under the hood on Abraxas. This album captures a lot of different ideas that were happening at the time in music and presents it masterfully to the world.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Mex I can

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

strange but great to wake up from

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Thia album is beautiful, so much going on- so much rythemic and melodic texture, some of the songs even move like mini classical pieces with the way they proceed and resolve. The standout for me is Incident at Neshabur. Of course, Oye Como Va is a standout as well-along with the other hit Black Magic Women. All in all, amazing!

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Loved it

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Quite a treat! 9/10

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Love me some Santana! Amazing guitar and great mix of rock, Latin flair and jazziness...just so entertaining and fun musically! Listened to this during my childhood and it more than holds up!!

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Sun May 01 2022
5

cool

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Tue May 03 2022
5

great!

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Beautiful

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Love it!

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

All around great album: this song has great Latin stuff in Oye Como Va as well as bluesier stuff like Hope You’re Feeling Better.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Awesome album from beginning to end. Santana is a rock god.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Nace una estrella

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Can't believe I've never heard more than 2 songs from this album before.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Instant classic album

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Free-form-Latin-stoner music. Good stuff even if you're stone cold sober.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Very lovely. Samba Pa Ti is beautiful.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Old funky guitar rifts.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

it's fucking santana, ofc i'm going to like it

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

Phenomenal album, creative covers. Impressive guitaring.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

The best rhythm n' trip!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Got lost in some amazing guitar work

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Trop bon, tellememt de classique. J'ai toujours ete fan de santana 1 et celui ci edt la suite logique. Mervi a peter green pour blacl magic woman !

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Pretty good

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

This is a great album. This has all the hits. This also led me to finally listen to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, since he essentially wrote Black Magic Woman. This is the definitive starting ground for Santana's discography and a lot of jam bands from the era.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Great Album all the way through. Every track brings something new and worth listening too. Overall fantastic .

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