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Santana - Abraxas +3 (1970)

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Santana - Abraxas +3

MHCP-998 (2006)

"Santana has taken flight like a Poseidon missile exploding out of a sea of mediocrity ... " Time Magazine (See full quote below).

Three bonus tracks "Se A Cabo", "Toussaint L'Overture" and "Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen" recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall on April 18, 1970.

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Release Details
Manufacturer: Sony
Mastering:DSD (2006)
This version released:2006-05-03

Reprinted on or about: 2008-03-14

Reprinted on or about: 2010-09-22

Reprinted on or about: 2012-01-25

Original LP release:1970.09
Genre:Latin rock
Obi:White and pink - wraps around top - back of obi matches back of gatefold cover.
Cover:Gatefold with an ehnaced image of band playing in concert.
Inserts (as per original):Poster (2 by 3), sticker with a quote from "Time Magazine" and CD inner sleeve showing various artists and recent releases from the CBS (or was it Columbia then) catalogue.
Lyrics:Japanese and English on standard paper foldout.
Editor Comments
"Santana has taken flight like a Poseidon missile exploding out of a sea of mediocrity ... a rare poetic delicacy. Rhythms move in parallel layers, interrupting, overlaying, penetrating one another, multiplyinh into mathematical complexity, finally merging into one overwhelming musical thrust ... Outwardly innocent, Santana's instrumental solos are long-lined and full of musical quile, bending, flatting and sharping with something of the intricacy of Oriental music." - Time Magazine

The quote on the back of the cover comes from "Demian" by Herman Hesse:

"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...."

There are other quotes that could have been used from the book, and the name Abraxas is certainly not an invention of Hesse's - for better or worse this is the chosen quote (and one would imagine the inspiration for the cover painting - or vice versa?).


The sticker seen on the cover scan is on the outside of the standard protective plastic bag. The sticker can be found on many of the Santana releases for this date (2006-May-03).

The Fuji Rock Festival has been held annually since 1997. In 2006 it was held from Friday July 28 thru to Sunday July 30 at the Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-machi, Niigata, Japan. Artists included "Happy Mondays", "Sonic Youth" and "Red Hot Chilli Peppers" who played at the first event in 1997. Half way through their performance the event was closed and then cancelled due to a typhon thus depriving the Japanese of the second day's artists who included "Green Day"

Page credits and acknowledgments...
(Created : 2006 Aug 27 by System; Last mod: 2012 Feb 03 by sam2095)
(Modified 2006-Nov-26 by sam2095)
(Artist Oricon: 74252)