is the second studio album by latin rock band Santana
, released in 1970
Consolidating the interest generated by their first album, Santana, and their highly acclaimed live performance at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, the band followed-up with Abraxas in September 1970
. The album's mix of rock, blues, jazz, salsa and other influences was very well received, showing a musical maturation from their first album and refining the band's early sound. 'Black Magic Woman,' written by Peter Green, helped underpin the truly unique blend of Latin American / Blues / Rock style. "Oye Como Va" was written by Latin jazz and mambo musician Tito Puente in 1963. The first sentence is "Oye como va mi ritmo", meaning "Listen to how my rhythm goes."
The title of the album, which features Mati Klarwein's 1961 painting, Annunciation
, on the cover, comes from a line in Hermann Hesse's book, Demian, quoted on the album's back cover: "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...."
Rolling Stone: "Black Magic Woman," the Top Five hit from Abraxas, is definitive Santana: Afro-Latin grooves and piercing lyrical psychedelic blues guitar. It was a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song written by one of Carlos Santana's guitar heroes, Peter Green. The album's other hit was also a cover: Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va."
The album is number 207
on Rolling Stone
magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time