Wed, May. 13, 9pm EDT - 'Santana' by Santana

Released shortly after their performance at Woodstock in 1969, Santana is a powerful meshing of latin rhythms and rock guitar.  Led by guitarist and vocalist Carlos Santana, this was the group's debut album.  And despite the popularity of primarily the frontman, it's the phenomenal group effort that makes this work such a standout. 

Admittedly, I've only heard this album a few times before and the first was only a couple of months ago.  But let's face it, there are times when the excellence of an album shines through on the first spin.  With that said, I'm eager to sit down for a very close listen, especially considering Santana has the honor of being the 25th album in the "Album Night" series!

I invite you to join me for this 1969 latin jam on Wednesday, May 13 at 9pm EDT. Hasta entonces!

60 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi Everyone! Here are the lyrics for tonight's album: http://www.azlyrics.com/s/santana.html And here's the band lineup for tonight: Mike Carabello (conga and percussion) Jose Chepito Areas (timbales, conga, and percussion) Mike Shrieve (drums) Dave Brown (bass) Gregg Rollie (piano, organ, vocals) Carlos Santana (guitar and vocals)

    Hi Everyone!

    Here are the lyrics for tonight's album:
    http://www.azlyrics.com/s/santana.html

    And here's the band lineup for tonight:
    Mike Carabello (conga and percussion)
    Jose Chepito Areas (timbales, conga, and percussion)
    Mike Shrieve (drums)
    Dave Brown (bass)
    Gregg Rollie (piano, organ, vocals)
    Carlos Santana (guitar and vocals)

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And here is my usual, but important, reminder for the event: ***Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.*** Lastly, I welcome you all to "Album Night" and wish you an inspirational listening experience.

    And here is my usual, but important, reminder for the event:
    ***Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.***

    Lastly, I welcome you all to "Album Night" and wish you an inspirational listening experience.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    2 minutes to go. Anyone else out there?

    2 minutes to go. Anyone else out there?

  • Steve

    Steve

    Record all primed and ready to go!

    Record all primed and ready to go!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Nice! Welcome Steve. I'll be spinning the vinyl tonight also!

    Nice! Welcome Steve. I'll be spinning the vinyl tonight also!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Santana' by Santana. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Santana' by Santana. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • Steve

    Steve

    Love the way this guy (Greg Rolie) plays keys…killing it!

    Love the way this guy (Greg Rolie) plays keys…killing it!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    They pretty much come in full bore right after the conga intro. I like it! Nice organ work

    They pretty much come in full bore right after the conga intro. I like it! Nice organ work

  • Steve

    Steve

    Every member pretty much has a little solo! Conga's kicking in now.

    Every member pretty much has a little solo! Conga's kicking in now.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I agree Steve. And it's such a gritty organ sound too. Hammond I believe. Must have had some miles on it...

    I agree Steve. And it's such a gritty organ sound too. Hammond I believe. Must have had some miles on it...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Can't help but tap along this one. Nice buildup at the end

    Can't help but tap along this one. Nice buildup at the end

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    In the midst of "Evil Ways". Get into some lyrics now

    In the midst of "Evil Ways". Get into some lyrics now

  • Steve

    Steve

    I like the main guitar riff on "Evil Ways".

    I like the main guitar riff on "Evil Ways".

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    So far it seems like Santana has been playing second banana to Rollie. For now...

    So far it seems like Santana has been playing second banana to Rollie. For now...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Shades Of Time", track 3, starting now.

    "Shades Of Time", track 3, starting now.

  • Steve

    Steve

    Haha! Have you ever seen their Woodstock performance? It's awesome to see all these guys jamming out together.

    Haha! Have you ever seen their Woodstock performance? It's awesome to see all these guys jamming out together.

  • Adrianne

    Adrianne South Dakota

    Hi! I'm joining in..a little late, forgot about the time difference

    Hi! I'm joining in..a little late, forgot about the time difference

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    No, sadly. I'm sure it was fantastic. Even reading up on this album, there's a lot of talk of the woodstock performance and how it blew everyone's mind

    No, sadly. I'm sure it was fantastic. Even reading up on this album, there's a lot of talk of the woodstock performance and how it blew everyone's mind

  • Steve

    Steve

    Yeah, dude we should watch it sometime together. Very powerful performance!

    Yeah, dude we should watch it sometime together. Very powerful performance!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome aboard Adrianne! Glad to have you back for another "Album Night". We're about to start "Savor" track 4 now

    Welcome aboard Adrianne! Glad to have you back for another "Album Night". We're about to start "Savor" track 4 now

  • Steve

    Steve

    Love how it slides into "Jingo". Great percussion going on.

    Love how it slides into "Jingo". Great percussion going on.

  • Steve

    Steve

    So much energy. Love it!

    So much energy. Love it!

  • Steve

    Steve

    Oops, I mean "Savor" lol

    Oops, I mean "Savor" lol

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Steve- you mean Savor, I assume

    Steve- you mean Savor, I assume

  • Adrianne

    Adrianne

    Ok great, got it

    Ok great, got it

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, they're totally rocking out. Must have been great to be at Woodstock getting exposed to this for the first time. I can understand why minds were blown.

    Yeah, they're totally rocking out. Must have been great to be at Woodstock getting exposed to this for the first time. I can understand why minds were blown.

  • Steve

    Steve

    Yes, "Jingo" now. Love how the album just keeps going, as if it's one long song.

    Yes, "Jingo" now. Love how the album just keeps going, as if it's one long song.

  • Steve

    Steve

    Hello Carlos Santana, we know you're here now, lol. Love his guitar tone. So gritty and raw. Great sound!

    Hello Carlos Santana, we know you're here now, lol. Love his guitar tone. So gritty and raw. Great sound!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    The lyrics for "Jingo" are a little, uh, repetitive... :) Great song though. Hearing two guitars at times. Right channel and left. Great drum and conga work too

    The lyrics for "Jingo" are a little, uh, repetitive... smile Great song though. Hearing two guitars at times. Right channel and left. Great drum and conga work too

  • Steve

    Steve

    Love the bass just holding everything thing together and then the organ slowly coming in.

    Love the bass just holding everything thing together and then the organ slowly coming in.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Adrianne - is this your first time listening to this album? This is the first time I've really sat down and focused on listening. I've probably listened to it casually ten times before. So far I'm really getting into it

    Adrianne - is this your first time listening to this album? This is the first time I've really sat down and focused on listening. I've probably listened to it casually ten times before. So far I'm really getting into it

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Treat", track 7, starting now.

    "Treat", track 7, starting now.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Dang, we're flying through this album. Glad they slowed things down here. Give me a minute to catch my breath. It's been high intensity so far. Nice change to piano too

    Dang, we're flying through this album. Glad they slowed things down here. Give me a minute to catch my breath. It's been high intensity so far. Nice change to piano too

  • Adrianne

    Adrianne

    Yes! it is the first time just listening to it all straight through. I am loving it! Needed this tonight - just jam out :)

    Yes! it is the first time just listening to it all straight through. I am loving it! Needed this tonight - just jam out smile

  • Adrianne

    Adrianne

    And yeah that must have been crazy amazing at Woodstock.. wish I could have actually been there

    And yeah that must have been crazy amazing at Woodstock.. wish I could have actually been there

  • Steve

    Steve

    Love the latin rhythms and flavor on "Treat". Yeah, John great piano.

    Love the latin rhythms and flavor on "Treat". Yeah, John great piano.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Once I finish work on my time machine, that I'm building out of my Toyota Corolla, I'll take us all back to Woodstock! :) It would be simply great

    Once I finish work on my time machine, that I'm building out of my Toyota Corolla, I'll take us all back to Woodstock! smile It would be simply great

  • Steve

    Steve

    Hey John, you think they used a metronome? They've probably never even heard that word mentioned, lol.

    Hey John, you think they used a metronome? They've probably never even heard that word mentioned, lol.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Metronome? You're right. That would be sacrilege to them!

    Metronome? You're right. That would be sacrilege to them!

  • Steve

    Steve

    Interesting time signature on "Just don't care".

    Interesting time signature on "Just don't care".

  • Steve

    Steve

    Great guitar work too

    Great guitar work too

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Although it's kind of contrary to the "Album Night" concept, it would be interesting to do a special edition Woodstock version where we either listen to one artist's entire performance, or a couple of tracks from each artist. What would you guys think of that? Good or bad idea?

    Although it's kind of contrary to the "Album Night" concept, it would be interesting to do a special edition Woodstock version where we either listen to one artist's entire performance, or a couple of tracks from each artist. What would you guys think of that? Good or bad idea?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Santana plays so effortlessly it seems. Sign of a master

    Santana plays so effortlessly it seems. Sign of a master

  • Steve

    Steve

    O wow, that could be cool. I like that. Start with Hendrix? haha

    O wow, that could be cool. I like that. Start with Hendrix? haha

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Soul Sacrifice", track 9, starting now. Final track sadly. At least it's over 6 minutes to let us down easy.

    "Soul Sacrifice", track 9, starting now. Final track sadly. At least it's over 6 minutes to let us down easy.

  • Steve

    Steve

    Speaking of Woodstock, "Soul Sacrifice" was on the Woodstock movie. Probably my fav track on the whole album. Love the energy and vibe. The drummer Mike Shrieve (Only 19 at the time) has an amazing drum solo during this song at Woodstock.

    Speaking of Woodstock, "Soul Sacrifice" was on the Woodstock movie. Probably my fav track on the whole album. Love the energy and vibe. The drummer Mike Shrieve (Only 19 at the time) has an amazing drum solo during this song at Woodstock.

  • Adrianne

    Adrianne

    Yes good idea! I'm in

    Yes good idea! I'm in

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    You read my mind Steve! Hendrix would be great! Though I might be interested to do Ten Years After if it's possible to get their whole performance. I've only ever heard a few of their tracks from Woodstock

    You read my mind Steve! Hendrix would be great! Though I might be interested to do Ten Years After if it's possible to get their whole performance. I've only ever heard a few of their tracks from Woodstock

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, I can only image how great the live version of this song could be. Everyone is getting their turn to solo

    Yeah, I can only image how great the live version of this song could be. Everyone is getting their turn to solo

  • Steve

    Steve

    "Soul Sacrifice" is one of those jams that you almost don't want to end. Maybe why they put it at end of album.

    "Soul Sacrifice" is one of those jams that you almost don't want to end. Maybe why they put it at end of album.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, kind of wish it was 16 minutes long, not just 6

    Yeah, kind of wish it was 16 minutes long, not just 6

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Adrianne and Steve. Thank you both very much for joining! In case you are wondering what's next... "Album Night" will return on Wed, June 3 with 'Good News' by Withered Hand.

    Adrianne and Steve. Thank you both very much for joining! In case you are wondering what's next...
    "Album Night" will return on Wed, June 3 with 'Good News' by Withered Hand.

  • Steve

    Steve

    Always goes by too quick! Great album night everybody. One of my favs for sure. What's next John?

    Always goes by too quick! Great album night everybody. One of my favs for sure. What's next John?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    This was a great selection tonight Steve, by the way. Thanks for picking it

    This was a great selection tonight Steve, by the way. Thanks for picking it

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And thanks Adrianne for being the first "Album Night" guest to tune in from South Dakota! :)

    And thanks Adrianne for being the first "Album Night" guest to tune in from South Dakota! smile

  • Steve

    Steve

    No problem John! Thought it might be a good fit for Album Night.

    No problem John! Thought it might be a good fit for Album Night.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    If you guys have never heard 'Good News' by Withered Hand, the next "Album Night" will be a great opportunity to check it out. It was released in the UK in 2009 and the US in 2011. It's one of my favorite recent albums

    If you guys have never heard 'Good News' by Withered Hand, the next "Album Night" will be a great opportunity to check it out. It was released in the UK in 2009 and the US in 2011. It's one of my favorite recent albums

  • Adrianne

    Adrianne

    Haha yeah way out here! Thank you!! I needed that tonight and really enjoyed it!

    Haha yeah way out here! Thank you!! I needed that tonight and really enjoyed it!

  • Adrianne

    Adrianne

    I have not - I will have to check it out and hopefully I can make that Album night too

    I have not - I will have to check it out and hopefully I can make that Album night too

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Great! It was good to 'see' you Adrianne and I'm glad you enjoyed "Album Night"!!! I hope you can make it back for Withered Hand A good night to all!

    Great! It was good to 'see' you Adrianne and I'm glad you enjoyed "Album Night"!!! I hope you can make it back for Withered Hand

    A good night to all!

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