℗ Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Abraxas is one of those gems where every track delights and masterful musicianship combines to make something greater than the sum of its pieces. Every musician on Abraxas brings wild exuberance and passion to the table.
@Tigerhiker... Abraxas is indeed an all-time gem, but since you want more Samba Pa Ti, pull it off of Lotus where you will find 8:55 minutes, live, excellently recorded, beautiful, wonderful.
It is now 2015, and I just listened to Abraxas for the first time from start to finish (oh sure, I heard the hits many times on the radio, but never listened to the whole album until now). As I have said, this is 2015, and Abraxas is one of the best albums I have ever heard, and it was recorded in 1970. Every song is great, but Samba Pa Ti is so emotionally satisfying that it brings tears to my eyes. I was it when on for 14 minutes instead of a little more than 4 minutes.
This is a great album but the track "Hope You're Feeling Better" seems to be missing the first few seconds. When I heard it originally, the opening Hammond organ lick is played twice and not once before the drums kick in. Please fix this!
Santana firmly established itself as a world-class act with Abraxas. Every song enchants and evokes the spirit of a truly gifted guitarist and his multi-talented band. I've listened to it countless times and still enjoy it as one of my all-time favorites. Buy it. Listen to it. Enjoy it. Rejoice in being alive. Wow!