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Santana is the debut studio album by American Latin rock band Santana. It was released on August 30, 1969. Over half of the album's length is composed of instrumental music, recorded by what was originally a purely free-form jam band. At the suggestion of manager Bill Graham, the band took to writing more conventional songs for more impact, but managed to retain the essence of improvisation in the music.

Santana
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 1969
RecordedMay 1969
StudioPacific Recording, San Mateo
GenreLatin rock, jazz fusion, psychedelic rock
Length37:29
LabelColumbia
ProducerSantana, Brent Dangerfield
Santana chronology
Santana
(1969)
Abraxas
(1970)
Singles from Santana
  1. "Jingo"
    Released: October, 1969
  2. "Evil Ways"
    Released: December 30, 1969

The album was destined to be a major release, given a boost by the band's performance at the Woodstock Festival earlier that August. The album's first single, "Jingo", was not very successful (only reaching #56); however, "Evil Ways", the second single taken from the album, was a U.S. Top 10 hit (reaching #9). The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 pop album chart and #26 on the UK Albums Chart. It has been mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. The album cover was made by Lee Conklin.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [2]
Q     [3]
Rolling Stone     [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [5]
The Village VoiceC−[6]

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Langdon Winner panned Santana as "a masterpiece of hollow techniques" and "a speed freak's delight - fast, pounding, frantic music with no real content". He compared the music's effect to methedrine, which "gives a high with no meaning", finding Rolie and Santana's playing repetitively unimaginative, amidst a monotony of incompetent rhythms and inconsequential lyrics.[7] Village Voice critic Robert Christgau shared Winner's sentiment in his "unreconstructed opposition to the methedrine school of American music. A lot of noise".[6]

A retrospective Rolling Stone review was more enthusiastic, finding Santana "thrilling ... with ambition, soul and absolute conviction - every moment played straight from the heart".[4] In 2003, the magazine ranked Santana number 150 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time,[8] moving up to 149 in a 2012 revised list.[9] Colin Larkin deemed it an excellent example of Latin rock in his Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011).[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by the members of Santana except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Waiting" (instrumental) 4:03
2."Evil Ways"Clarence "Sonny" Henry3:54
3."Shades of Time"Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie3:14
4."Savor" (instrumental) 2:47
5."Jingo"Babatunde Olatunji4:21
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Persuasion" 2:33
7."Treat" (instrumental) 4:43
8."You Just Don't Care" 4:34
9."Soul Sacrifice" (instrumental)Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Marcus Malone6:37

1998 reissueEdit

Writing credits and songs' lengths are in accord with album's inner notes.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Waiting"Santana, Rolie, José Areas, Brown, Michael Carabello, Michael Shrieve4:03
2."Evil Ways"Henry3:57
3."Shades of Time"Rolie, Santana3:14
4."Savor"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve2:47
5."Jingo"Olatunji4:21
6."Persuasion"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve2:33
7."Treat"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve4:43
8."You Just Don't Care"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve4:34
9."Soul Sacrifice"Santana, Rolie, Malone, Brown6:38
10."Savor" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969; previously unissued)Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve5:27
11."Soul Sacrifice" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969; released on Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More, 1970)Santana, Rolie, Malone, Brown11:39
12."Fried Neckbones" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969; previously unissued)Willie Bobo, Melvin Lastie7:13

2004 Legacy EditionEdit

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Waiting"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve4:07
2."Evil Ways"Henry4:00
3."Shades of Time"Rolie, Santana3:13
4."Savor"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve2:46
5."Jingo"Olatunji4:23
6."Persuasion"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve2:36
7."Treat"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve4:46
8."You Just Don't Care"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve4:37
9."Soul Sacrifice"Santana, Rolie, Malone, Brown6:38
10."Savor" (Alternate take #2)Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve2:57
11."Soul Sacrifice" (Alternate take #4)Santana, Rolie, Malone, Brown8:50
12."Studio Jam"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve7:09

Note: Tracks 10–12 are from the studio sessions for the album recorded in May 1969.

Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Fried Neckbones"Bobo, Lastie7:41
2."Soul Sacrifice"Santana, Rolie, Malone, Brown9:06
3."Persuasion"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve3:52
4."Treat"Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve6:49
5."Shades of Time"Santana, Rolie2:29
6."Jingo"Olatunji5:20
7."Waiting" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969)Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve4:44
8."You Just Don't Care" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969)Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve4:55
9."Savor" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969)Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve5:25
10."Jingo" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969)Olatunji5:14
11."Persuasion" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969)Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve3:05
12."Soul Sacrifice" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969)Santana, Rolie, Malone, Brown11:49
13."Fried Neckbones" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969)Bobo, Lastie7:13

Note: Tracks 1–6 are from the original studio sessions for the album recorded January 27–29, 1969.

PersonnelEdit


Production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Santana at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2011). "Santana". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857125958.
  3. ^ Q: 131. May 2000.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  4. ^ a b Rolling Stone: 100. March 2, 2000.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  5. ^ "Santana: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2012-04-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1969). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Winner, Langdon (18 October 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (44): 38. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  8. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone: 131. December 11, 2003.
  9. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "Cover Story – Santana's Santana, with illustration by Lee Conklin | The Rock and Roll Report". Retrieved 2012-10-09.

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