Santana
Santana


4.5
superb

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
March 25th, 2012 | 18 replies | 3,387 views


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A smashing debut! Anyone interested in Santana should hear this.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

To speak of Santana is to speak of guitarist/founder/frontman Carlos Santana. While this may sound redundant, to truly understand Santana's music, it is necessary to understand the man. For Santana is easily the most relevant Mexican-American musician of the last 4 decades. For the purposes of this review, it is essential to sneak a peek into Santana's Latin background.

Being a man of Mexican roots, Santana had strong sensibilities towards Latin music in general. He was particularly interested in salsa music, Latin Jazz, and several Cuban genres such as guaguanco, guaracha and the like. These influences would be married to an equal fondness for U.S. Jazz, as well as blues. But Santana was equally fond of rock music as well, so bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and several others would have a major impact on him.

Everybody who hasn't been living under a rock is familiar with Santana's reputation on guitar; but the rest of the team is impressive as well. With Chepito Areas on percussion, Gregg Rolie on keyboards, David Brown on bass and Michael Shrieve on drums, the band certainly was pretty much "Rock N' Roll's Dream Team", seeing as they display clever musicianship through the record. They mesh together their talents in a uniquely cohesive manner, undoubtedly a rare commodity in rock music; this results in a jarring experience which leaves you wondering if this is a rock band or a Latin Jazz group.

This first album would certainly establish Santana's style in a rather definitive manner. While many other bands go through several stepping stones before achieving their peak, Santana begins his golden age with this amazing album. The song "Evil Ways" exhibits fine musicianship, and has memorable lyrics as well (if somewhat sexist):

When I come home, baby
My house is dark and my pots are cold
You hangin' 'round, baby
With Jean and Joan and a who knows who

I'm gettin' tired of waitin' and foolin' around
I'll find somebody, that won't make me feel like a clown
This can't go on, yeah yeah yeah


"Jingo" is another mayor highlight. It begins with some fine percussions, and eventually Santana's guitar comes in with it's well known tone. The use of timbales and congas in the song not only evidence the the general influence of Latin music, but it conjures Africa to mind (not to mention the "Jingo Ba, Ba Go Ba" chorus). "Persuasion", which is only two minutes and thirty seven seconds long, has an interesting riff, rather bluesy vocals, and a fine use of keyboards. Santana really seems to be having a lot of fun on this one. The closer is the epic instrumental "Soul Sacrifice", which overall leaves the listener satisfied with its fine use of keyboards, percussion and guitar work.

Santana's first album might not be his best, but it's a heck of an entrance. He accomplishes quite a spectacle, delighting listeners with each wonderful song. This album is a class act, and is a must-listen for anyone who is curious about Santana's music.

Recommended Tracks:

-Evil Ways
-Jingo
-Persuasion
-Soul Sacrifice



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dannyboy89
March 24th 2012



8096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

About time I got this done. I took plenty of time doing this, but it's probably my best review so far.

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pizzamachine
March 24th 2012



12568 Comments


It is a good day when a classic album gets reviewed. pos

Parallels
March 24th 2012



6640 Comments


Album needed a good review like this, Pos'd

SCREAMorphine
March 24th 2012



1710 Comments


Nice review

mvlamborghini
March 24th 2012



16 Comments


haven't listened to it in a long time, thanks to your review I begun to listen to Santana again

xfearbefore
March 25th 2012



1201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

When I showed an interest in drumming as a child my father gave me a copy of this album and told me this was all I needed to know about drumming. He was right. Soul Sacrifice is still their best song and one of the best jams ever.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2012



3164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've always said I'd start listening to his early work since now he's shit. I'll have to get this now. Good review, pos

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2012



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg this didn't have a review already?

goo call, pos

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Killerhit
March 25th 2012



4554 Comments


pretty good

ThroneOfAgony
March 25th 2012



3485 Comments


Great, precise review.

Pos

dannyboy89
March 25th 2012



8096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@insomniac15: Thanks dude. And yes, I agree his 2000-present stuff has got nothing on his 70's stuff.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2012



18277 Comments


Good reivew, definitely one of your best yet. Pos'd.

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Palimpsest
March 25th 2012



77 Comments


Good review. Hard to believe your approval rating is only 65%.

dannyboy89
March 25th 2012



8096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Palimpsest: That's probably because my first 10-15 reviews weren't that good when I released them. I've been working hard to improve ever since though.

YouGotLucky
May 19th 2012



943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking classic

manosg
May 9th 2013



4713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album and a great review, pos.

Soul Sacrifice sounds so much better live.

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dannyboy89
May 9th 2013



8096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@manosg: thank you, much appreciated.

DrHouseSchuldiner
May 9th 2013



5605 Comments


Great album and rev pos'd



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