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“Soul Sacrifice” is an instrumental song by Santana, that was released on the Prime Cuts label and appears on their self-titled debut album, Santana.

It was played by Santana at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. It was filmed and later released as a part of the iconic Woodstock documentary. The Woodstock performance of the song is often remembered for Michael Shrieve’s elaborate drum solo; Shrieve’s name has become synonymous with the early days of Santana and their performance at Woodstock. The performance also features Santana playing two long solos that epitomize his hard-driven, ultra-fast Latin rock-blues sound.

Santana has since admitted he was under the influence of LSD during the performance of the song, due to the fact the bands’ set was pushed up 12 hours ahead of its original start time.

The song appears in the soundtrack of David Fincher’s Zodiac, during the opening credits of the film.
The song can be heard as incidental background music in a scene in the 1970 Merchant Ivory film Bombay Talkie.
Some of the Woodstock performance of the song was played in the background of Walter Cronkite’s audio documentary I can Hear it now: the sixties in which Cronkite noted Woodstock was criticized as “an orgy organized by the Communists” and the Woodstock promoters ended up suing each other.

Soul Sacrifice was covered by progressive rock band Transatlantic, and included as bonus track to the album The Whirlwind.
Brazilian band Os Paralamas do Sucesso has a medley with “Meu Erro”, in the live album “Vamo Batê Lata”.
British band Mother Earth recorded the song for their “Jesse” single (1994).

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