FIVE STAR RATING
5 Stars Excellent
4 Stars Very Good
3 Stars Good
2 Stars Fair
1 Star Poor
|Singing Winds, Crying Beasts|
|Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen|
|Oye Como Va|
|Incident At Neshabur|
|Se A Cabo|
|Samba Pa Ti|
|Hope You're Feeling Better|
|*Bonus Tracks on the Expanded Edition, Live From The Royal Albert Hall; *Se A Cabo, *Toussaint L'Overture, *Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen|
|Carlos Santana, Lead Guitar and Vocal|
|Gregg Rolie, Keyboard and Vocal|
|Dave Brown, Bass Guitar|
|Mike Shrieve, Drums|
|Jose "Chepito" Areas, Timbales and Conga|
|Mike Carabello, Conga|
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen, Oye Como Va and Samba Pa Ti get the airplay from
DJs and ink from rock critics. However, one of the most profound statements
Santana, as a group, has ever made is Incident at Neshabur.
minute into the piece Rolie delivers a compelling solo on his Hammond B3 as the
percussionists, Shrieve, Carabello and Areas set a furious pace. Shrieve really
works his high-hat during Rolie’s solo. Next up is Carlos whose solo continues
for a while at the same pace. He presents something new to Santana fans...
a jazz improvisational style solo. He climbs and meanders before spiraling down
to a slow romantic tempo. The slow segment of Incident at Neshabur imparts some
of Carlos’s most elegant work. The sustained notes alone must be counted among
the most beautiful in the history of electric guitar.
Incident at Neshabur was originally recorded during the Santana I sessions at,
Pacific High Studios, but held and released on Abraxas. Rolie says,
"Incident at Neshabur was one of my favorite things. We did time changes,
colors, and things that musically were very sophisticated. It was a perfect
combination of Horace Silver and Big Black, with Aretha Franklin singing that
Burt Bacharach song, ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ we’d combine things
we had a passion for."
multi-media CD-ROM, A History of Santana: the River of Color and Sound,
published by the Graphix Zone, in 1996, Carlos explains that the inspiration for
Samba Pa Ti came to him while in New York City. There was a man outside his
window who was wrestling with himself over which to put into his mouth, the
bottle of booze in his back pocket or the saxophone he was holding. Samba Pa Ti
first came to Carlos as a poem. He put music to the poem, and it became a
Santana instrumental classic. Carlos states that women from all over the world
have shared with him that they got pregnant to Samba Pa Ti.
well received, the critics and the fans loved it. Released in October of 1970,
it rose to the number one spot on the Billboard charts where it remained for six
weeks. It was one of the best selling albums of 1971 and was on the Billboard
chart for a total 88 weeks. Many consider Abraxas as Santana’s crowning
shares the following. "We took a little more time and went after a better
sound quality on this album. "Incident at Neshabur" was recorded for
the first album, but Fred Catero mixed it to sound like it was recorded at the
same time as the rest of "Abraxas". I sang "Black Magic
Woman" one time through with no overdubs. While Playing "Samba Pa
Ti", Carlos played so hard that his earphones came off. He continued on,
even after he couldn’t really hear the rest of the music anymore. Amazing!
This is still my favorite album."
there was much more music ahead for Santana the band and Carlos, on solo
projects, for Santana as a group, Abraxas was their masterpiece. Five Stars.
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