Release date
11 Apr 2001
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts 4:51 46,737
2 Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen 6:32 84,921
2 Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen 5:17 26,068
3 Oye Como Va 4:14 247,774
4 Incident at Neshabur 4:57 49,482
5 Se Acabó 2:52 1,047
5 Se a Cabo 2:50 66,806
6 Mother's Daughter 4:28 40,980
7 Samba Pa Ti 4:45 209,750
8 Hope You're Feeling Better 4:11 56,988
9 El Nicoya 1:29 39,525
10 Se a Cabo (Live) 3:47 8,459
11 Toussaint L'Overture (Live) 6:08 8,599
12 Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (Live) 6:33 3,465
12 Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen (Live) 4:56 718

About this album

Abraxas is the second album by Santana, the Latin rock n’ roll group led by guitarist Carlos Santana. Consolidating their live success at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, and the interest generated by their first album the band took some time to issue a follow-up. Released in September 1970, the album’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, salsa and other influences made it a classic that defined Santana’s early sound, and showed a musical maturation from their first album.

Often considered Santana’s greatest album, it drew widespread acclaim for its mixture of Latin influences with familiar rock themes such as overdriven electric guitar, organ and heavy drums. The album also demonstrates Santana’s stylistic versatility, including tracks such as “Samba pa Ti” (a classic slow-burning, seductive piece) and “Incident at Neshabur”, both being instrumentals. The latter has several rhythm and time signature changes consistent with its jazz feel. Latin percussion — congas, bongos and timbales, as well as a conventional rock drum setup, make this Santana’s first foray into true Latin rhythm. In 2003, the album was ranked number 205 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The album achieved number 7 in the UK album charts
The title of the album comes from a line from Herman Hesse’s book Demian:We stood before it and began to freeze inside from the exertion. We questioned the painting, berated it, made love to it, prayed to it: We called it mother, called it whore and slut, called it our beloved, called it Abraxas…

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  • dschr

    All time fav. Nice fucked up track listing btw.

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • javiikiller

    This album never gets old and there's a lot of people to prove it out there. Everytime I listen to it it feels like the first time and I'm sure so will be 'till the end of my life.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • super-chicken

    I didn't want a Santana Abraxas! [2]

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jess502


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  • javiikiller

    Wao... a real masterpice!

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Rontambo

    In the early 70s, me and me band mates, loved performing " Batuka / No One To Depend On." Santana's tonal energies were Defiant and Extra Dimensional ! Pure Santana and non commercial greatness on this album.

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • armenianweirdo

    I just read Herman Hesse's "Demian", and had listen to this whole album when I got to the first mention of "Abraxas". Awesome book, awesome album.

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • starcalibre

    I didn't want a Santana Abraxas!

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • konastinkydan

    one of my fav albums of all time

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • MrBob123

    i found an old copy of this record for 3 bucks at a thrift store today and i had to buy it :)

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Cosmonaut_

    I can't believe how fresh this album sounds today.

    12 Aug 2009 Reply
  • prodigious1

    One of the greatest albums ever.

    14 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fexnah

    These guys used to be an incredible band, really. Great album this is.

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • folkyjazzlounge

    Agreed - it's the track I remember latching onto when I first experienced this album in the early '70's.

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
  • FruitfulTree

    INCIDENT AT NESHABUR - BEST TRACK..... SUPERB ALBUM ..... Varied, entertains the whole person.... mind body and soul

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Lissof_leuf

    Black magic is Great....1964... my first "Black Magic WOMAN".... Then I had to wait for five years for the song to come out....I still remember my first ....Black magic Woman.... we were both young ....young and preceeded the song by years......

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
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    24 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Zaljerem

    Superb album.

    9 Apr 2008 Reply
  • tezzagamer

    Probably his best album.

    17 Feb 2008 Reply
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