CS 9781 Santana
Produced by Brent Dangerfield and Santana
Released on August 1969
US CHART POSITION #4 . . . 2x PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #26
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CS 9781 cover
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A fter the powerful performance at Woodstock in the open church of Man, the band known as Santana released this eponymous album into the world, setting into motion a phenomenon that continues strong some forty years on. While the band has undergone myriad lineup changes and shifted its purpose slightly to suit the tastes of the time (disco, pop), it has remained remarkably true to the vision outlined here: Latin jams driven by percussion and punctuated by guitar and organ solos; pop songs realized in the Santana idiom (and often overshadowing the originals in the process); songs that blend the magic jams and pop/jazz forms, often containing an ingenious guitar solo. This first album contains classic examples of each: Babatunde Olatunji's “Jingo” and “Soul Sacrifice” in the jam department, “Evil Ways” as the quintessential Santana cover, “Shades of Time” as the clever original. However, it’s also an album by a band still finding its voice. Heavy blues-rock numbers like “Persuasion” and “You Just Don’t Care” are typical of the post-Cream landscape but not emblematic of the Santana sound. While the bands that went before them (Cream, The Doors, Traffic) certainly influenced Santana, and a cynic might see them as no more than a custom Latin chassis on a commercial engine, their voice is a unique one in rock. No one plays guitar quite like Carlos Santana, their instrumentation (percussion/guitar/organ and minimal bass) is hypnotic and original, and Gregg Rolie left behind some of the greatest organ work in rock music. The band lacks a true lead singer; Rolie and Santana share the duty out of necessity. It’s when one of the pair queues up a solo that the music really sings. As with Zeppelin’s first album, this is more than a sign of things to come; it’s an arrival at a special destination where new sights and sounds flood the senses. Enjoy.

TRACK LISTING

  1. WAITING
  2. EVIL WAYS    (Joe Zack)
  3. SHADES OF TIME
  4. SAVOR
  5. JINGO    (Michael Babatunde Olantunji)
  6. PERSUASION
  7. TREAT
  8. YOU JUST DON'T CARE
  9. SOUL SACRIFICE

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  10. SAVOR (LIVE)
  11. SOUL SACRIFICE (LIVE)
  12. FRIED NECKBONES (AND SOME HOME FRIES) (LIVE)

    2-CD Legacy Edition reissue bonus tracks
  13. STUDIO JAM #1
  14. SOUL SACRIFICE (ALTERNATE TAK 4)
  15. STUDIO JAM #2
  16. FRIED NECKBONES
  17. SOUL SACRIFICE
  18. PERSUASION
  19. TREAT
  20. SHADES OF TIME
  21. JINGO
  22. WAITING (LIVE)
  23. YOU JUST DON'T CARE (LIVE)
  24. SAVOR (LIVE)
  25. JINGO (LIVE)
  26. PERSUASION (LIVE)
  27. SOUL SACRIFICE (LIVE)
  28. FRIED NECKBONES (LIVE)

    Tracks 1-9 written by Santana Band unless noted

CREDITS

JOSÉ CHEPITO AREAS -- timbales, conga and percussion
DAVE BROWN -- bass
MIKE CARRABELLO -- conga and percussion
GREGG ROLIE -- piano, organ and vocals
CARLOS SANTANA -- guitar and vocals
MIKE SHRIEVE -- drums
Albert Gianquinto -- recording arrangement
Bob "Deputy Dog" Breault -- engineer
Eric "Gentle Ben" Prestidge -- engineer
Lee Conklin -- cover art
Jim Marshall -- back cover photos

return to SANTANA discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US August 1969 Columbia LP CS 9781  
UK/NET 1970 CBS LP S63815  
US 1970 Columbia LP CS 9781 orange label
UK 1970 CBS LP S63815 orange label
US   Columbia R2R HC-1172 reel to reel
JPN 1973 CBS/Sony LP SOPN-87  
JPN   CBS/Sony LP SOPL-188  
US   Columbia LP PC 9781  
YUG 1983 Suzy LP CBS-63815  
BRA 1988 Columbia CD 2032003  
US   Columbia CD CK-64212  
JPN 1993 Sony CD SRCS-6315  
  August 12, 1997 Sony 3CD 65389 repackaged w. ABRAXAS + SANTANA 3
US   Mobile Fidelity LP MFSL-1-303 180g vinyl
JPN 1998 Sony CDX SRCS-9438 w. bonus tracks
EUR 2000 Sony CDX 489542 w. bonus tracks
US October 19, 2004 Sony 2CDX   LEGACY EDITION w. bonus tracks/disc
JPN 2006 Sony CDX MHCP-997 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
US 2007 Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-773 24k gold remaster
CHN May 19, 2008 BMG 2CDX GSM 08761 LEGACY EDITION w. bonus tracks/disc

 

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