My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Abraxas was recorded in early 1970 and released in September of the same year. It is Santana’s second album.
What I think:
I was really expecting a really dark album full of latin eight minute guitar solos and over done psychedelia. What I got was completely different. The tracks are tight, beautiful, positive and relatively short with the longest coming in at just under five minutes. They really have a band sound, with fairly short and fundamental guitar parts. My favorite song on the album is by far “Samba Pa Ti”. I love how the Carlo’s guitar plays that wonderful melody.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I certainly agree that this should be here. This is why I’m doing this project, to be surprised and this is a wonderful album that does just that.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (168/213)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%