The self-titled 1969 debut by San Francisco ballroom favorite Santana single-handedly brought Latin rock into the mainstream. Full of steamy, percolating Latin percussion and leader Carlos Santanas stinging, razor-sharp guitar work, Santana was released in August of that year, the same month as the groups legendary appearance at Woodstock.
Bearing the smash hits Evil Ways and Jingo, Sundazeds exact vinyl replica of this all-time classic rock staple is sourced directly from the original Columbia masters.
"The first two times Santana tried to record their debut, they scrapped the tapes. But the third time, they came up with Santana, which combined Latin rhythms with jazz-inspired improvisation, hard-rock guitar and lyrical, B.B. King-style blues and even had a hit single, "Evil Ways." Back then, a lot of Carlos Santana's guitar playing was fueled by psychedelic drugs. "I don't recommend it to anybody and everybody," Santana told Rolling Stone in 2000. "Yet for me, I feel it did wonders. It made me aware of splendor and rapture." For millions of people, Santana did the same thing." - www.rollingstone.com
Mastered from original Columbia Records analog reels
2. Evil Ways
3. Shades of Time
8. You Just Dont Care
9. Soul Sacrifice