Santana (1969 album)

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Santana
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Studio album by Santana
Released August 1969
Recorded May 1969
Studio Pacific Recording, San Mateo
Genre Latin rock
Length 37:29
Label Columbia
Producer Santana, Brent Dangerfield
Santana chronology
Santana
(1969)
Abraxas
(1970)
Singles from Santana
  1. "Jingo"
    Released: October, 1969
  2. "Evil Ways"
    Released: December 30, 1969

Santana is the debut studio album by Latin rock band Santana released in 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.

The album was destined to be a major release, given a headstart by the band's seminal performance at the Woodstock Festival earlier that August. Although "Jingo" was not very successful (only reaching #56), "Evil Ways", the second single taken from the album, was a U.S. Top 10 hit. 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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]
The Village Voice C−[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 Rollie 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] Colin Larkin deemed it an excellent example of Latin rock in his Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011).[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by the members of Santana except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Waiting (instrumental)"   4:03
2. "Evil Ways" (Clarence "Sonny" Henry) 3:54
3. "Shades of Time" (Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie) 3:14
4. "Savor (instrumental)"   2:47
5. "Jingo" (Babatunde Olatunji) 4:21
Side two
No. Title 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 Malone) 6:37

1998 reissue[edit]

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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Waiting"   Santana, Rolie, José Areas, Brown, Michael Carabello, Michael Shrieve 4:03
2. "Evil Ways"   Henry 3:57
3. "Shades of Time"   Rolie, Santana 3:14
4. "Savor"   Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve 2:47
5. "Jingo"   Olatunji 4:21
6. "Persuasion"   Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve 2:33
7. "Treat"   Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve 4:43
8. "You Just Don't Care"   Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve 4:34
9. "Soul Sacrifice"   Santana, Rolie, Malone, Brown 6:38
10. "Savor" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969; previously unissued) Santana, Rolie, Areas, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve 5:27
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, Brown 11:39
12. "Fried Neckbones" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969; previously unissued) Willie Bobo, Melvin Lastie 7:13

2004 Legacy Edition[edit]

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

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

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

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

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Santana (1969 album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2011). "Santana". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857125958. 
  3. ^ Q: 131. May 2000. 
  4. ^ a b Rolling Stone: 100. March 2, 2000. 
  5. ^ "Santana: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  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. ^ "Cover Story – Santana's Santana, with illustration by Lee Conklin | The Rock and Roll Report". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 

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