Sonic Gems: Santana – Abraxas

In 1966, the Latin music rock band Santana was formed in San Francisco, California, by Carlos Santana.  The band gained prominence at Woodstock with a song called Soul Sacrifice.  This led to the release of the self titled Santana which was followed in quick annual succession by Abraxas and Santana III.

In 1998, Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the following line up:  Carlos Santana, Chepito Areas, David Brown, Gregg Rollie, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve.  During its many decades long career this band has garnered nine Grammy Awards.  In 1988, Carlos Santana earned a Grammy Award as a solo artist.  Overall, the band has sold 90 million records.

As noted above, Abraxas was the second studio album and was released in September 1970.  In 2016, this album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry due to its “cultural, historic, or artistic significance.

For it’s pivotal juncture of rock, jazz and Latin music, Aloha Promises gives this album a 10 out 10.  Of course that’s also heavily influenced by how many hours I played this album over and over and .. well you get the picture.

You may listen to Abraxas here:




About alohapromisesforever

Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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