Before the arrival of Carlos Santana's eponymous band, the San Francisco rock scene drew the inspiration for its jam-oriented music mainly from blues, rock, and Eastern modalities. Santana added Latin music to the mix, forever changing the course of rock & roll history. On their groundbreaking debut album, the group mix Latin percussion with driving rock grooves. Santana's unique guitar style, alternately biting and liquid, vies with the multiple percussionists for the sonic focus. Unlike later efforts, Santana's first album features an abundance of loose, collective compositions based on a couple of simple riffs ("Jingo," "Soul Sacrifice"). This approach allows for Santana and his bandmates to flex their improvisational muscles to fine effect. The high-energy level on Santana is infectious – the laid-back feel of other '60s San Francisco groups was clearly not for Carlos and co.
The original debut album of Santana was recorded from May until August 1969 and released shortly after the Woodstock festival has happened. Santana founded a new style, something very danceable, heavily Latin-Rock influenced yet it just echoed the sounds of the streets. Thanks to this Legacy Edition from Sony fans are treated with the original remastered album (tracks 1 - 9 on the first disc), additional alternative takes, unreleased songs, studio jams and - most important - nearly the complete Woodstock set in superb audio quality. It just misses the song "Evil Ways". This song can be found on the Woodstock edition of this album.
The album that started it all-it hit #4 in 1969 and stayed on the charts for 108 weeks! Includes the Top 10 single Evil Ways ; their first charting single, Jingo , and the rest of the original album. The CD-only bonus tracks, recorded live at Woodstock, are Soul Sacrifice; Savor, and Fried Neckbones…
"Santana is the debut studio album by the San Francisco rock group Santana released in 1969. It is a release of largely 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."