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Santana Abraxas celebrates it's 44th Anniversary

44 Years ago today in 1970 – Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” was released.In 2003 this album was ranked number 205 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums.The album was a perfect blend of Rock and Latin Rhythms ranging from the Jazzy “Incident a Neshabur” to the highly energetic ” Se Acabo” to the Magical ” Black Magic Woman” The Famous cover is a piece called Annunciation by Mati Klarwein To this day it is one of the few albums I can enjoy from beginning to end. The Romantic and mesmerizing instrumental ” Samba Pa Ti” became a signature song for many of Miami’s Bands back in the early 70s. ” There is no doubt that this album influenced and inspired a generation of Latin immigrants in the early 70s.
Band Members on the Album
Carlos Santana – lead guitar, backing vocals, producer
Gregg Rolie – keyboards, lead vocals
David Brown – bass
Michael Shrieve – drums
José “Chepito” Areas – percussion, conga, timbales
Mike Carabello – percussion, conga