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''Abraxas'' is the second studio album by Santana, the Latin rock n' roll group led by guitarist Carlos Santana. Consolidating their live success at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, and the interest generated by their first album the band took some time to issue a follow-up. Released in September 1970, the album's mix of rock, blues, jazz, salsa and other influences made it a classic that defined Santana's early sound, and showed a musical maturation from their first album.

Often considered Santana's greatest album, it drew widespread acclaim for its mixture of Latin influences with familiar rock themes such as overdriven electric guitar, organ and heavy drums. The album also demonstrates Santana's stylistic versatility, including tracks such as "Samba pa Ti" (a classic slow-burning, seductive piece) and "Incident at Neshabur", both being instrumentals. The latter has several rhythm and time signature changes consistent with its jazz feel. Latin percussion -; congas, bongos and timbales, as well as a conventional rock drum setup, make this Santana's first foray into true Latin rhythm. In 2003, the album was ranked number 205 on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The album achieved number 7 in the UK album charts

The title of the album comes from a line from Herman Hesse's book ''Demian'':

The name Abraxas is originally taken from Gnostic cosmology.

In 1998 Sony published a remastered version, which included three previously unreleased live tracks: "Se A Cabo", "Toussaint L'Ouverture" and "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen," recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in April 18, 1970.

In 1998 SME records in Japan, part of Sony Music, also released the remastered version as an SACD. This disc is stereo only, and furthermore, it is a single layer SACD, which means that ordinary CD players will not play it. This disc contains the same bonus tracks as the ordinary 1998 remastered CD.

In 2008 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab released a remastered version on their Ultradisc II (24K) Gold CD & LP.

The album's cover features the 1961 painting ''Annunciation'', by Mati Klarwein.

Release Date: 1998-03-31
Duration: 50:52

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1Singing Winds, Crying Beasts 4:51
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2Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen 5:22
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3Oye Como Va 4:16
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4Incident At Neshabur 4:57
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5Se A cabo 2:50
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6Mother's Daughter 4:25
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7Samba Pa Ti 04:44
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8Hope You're Feeling Better 4:11
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9El Nicoya 1:30
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10Se A Cabo (Live) 3:47
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11Toussaint L'Overture (Live) 4:52
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12Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (Live) 4:57
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