Santana (1969 album)  

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Santana is the debut album released 1969 of the San Francisco rock group, led by guitar player Carlos Santana. The album features the line-up of Carlos (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (organ, piano, vocals), David Brown (bass guitar), Michael Shrieve (drums), Michael Carabello (timbales, congas, percussion) and Jose 'Chepito' Areas (timbales, congas, percussion).

It is a release of largely 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 in August the previous month. The single 'Evil Ways', taken from the album, was a Top 10 hit.

The album was the first of Santana's two self-titled albums, the other being the third album in 1971.

Track listing (1969 original issue (Columbia CS 9781))

Side one

  1. "Waiting" (Carlos Santana) – 4:07
  2. "Evil Ways" (Clarence "Sonny" Henry) – 3:58
  3. "Shades of Time" (Santana) – 3:13
  4. "Savor" (Santana) – 2:47
  5. "Jingo" (Babatunde Olatunji) – 4:23

Side two

  1. "Persuasion" (Santana) – 2:36
  2. "Treat" (Santana) – 4:46
  3. "You Just Don't Care" (Santana) – 4:37
  4. "Soul Sacrifice" (Santana) – 6:34

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