#203: Abraxas by Santana
Favorite Tracks: "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" and "Oye Como Va" and "Incident at Neshabur" and "Mother's Daughter" and "Hope You're Feeling Better"
Thoughts: First of all, I am loving that cover art, which is apparently a painting by Mati Klarwein. I have, in general, really good associations with Santana. I remember my dad loving his stuff when I was a kid, and once I learned that he played at Woodstock, Santana earned tons of extra awesome points in my book. But I say I have good associations 'in general' because one little song released back in 1999. Can you guess what it was?
I was 14, and it was a huge hit. Santana's collaboration with Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas: "Smooth." At the time it was hot and sexy. Now whenever I hear it it's sweaty and boring. It was overplayed like nobody's business. I remember an interview in which Rob Thomas said he met his wife when shooting the music video (click if YOU DARE to hear the song one more time in your short, short life), but the wikipedia page--and those are never ever wrong--claims he wrote it for her. Conflicting stories! I was waaaay into MTV at the time, so I'm going to trust my teenage memory. Anyway, should we get to Abraxas finally? Yes.
Classic songs that I recognized immediately: "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va." I was dancing in my seat to "Hope You're Feeling Better." Overall, fantastic classic rock, and I definitely recommend it, though I would probably listen to it as background music at a party before I'd pick it on my iPod for personal listening.
Is This Better Than The River?: I thought about changing the new measure of greatness to Tea for the Tillerman, but decided to keep it at The River for now. I think it's because Tillerman's ranking doesn't offend my whole person. We have to wait until we come to another album that absolutely belongs much closer to #1. That said, this album was not better to me, but great nonetheless.