- Album name: Abraxas
- Group name: Santana
- Year: 1970
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Columbia Records
- Collection: Brenner / Gessner
- Buy it:
Level of familiarity before listening
I’ve never been a big Santana fan, presumably because had a song called Smooth that was not very good, and that was played around a million times in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I may have listened to this record once.
What I expected
Guitar riffs and psychedelic rock.
What it was actually like
It was jazzier in parts than I expected, and more of a hard rock record, though I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to distinguish “hard rock” from “psychedelic rock,” as it was plenty psychedelic too. Lots of parts were very enchanting, and I enjoyed listening to all of it, particularly Black Magic Woman, though Incident at Neshabur did get a bit boring at times.
4/5: would listen again