#149: Santana by Santana


Santana by Santana (1969)

Favorite Tracks: "Waiting" and "Evil Ways" and "Shades of Time" and "Savor" and "Jingo-Lo-Ba" and "Fried Neckbones (And Some Homefries)" and "Persuasion" and "Treat" and "You Just Don't Care" and "Soul Sacrifice" and "Studio Jam"

Thoughts: My Friday gets funky, thanks to Santana. And how cool is this album cover? Do you see all the faces and people? I think I count six. I bet this album art has blown a number of stoned minds over the last almost 50 years.

The album starts out with the funky instrumental, "Waiting," and then leads into the well-known hit, "Evil Ways," which, it turns out, is a cover of a jazz song originally written by Clarence "Sonny" Henry for his own album, Bobo Motion, in 1967. And while this song is classic, I'd never really listened closely to the lyrics until now, and they're concerning.
You've got to change your evil ways... babyBefore I stop loving youYou've got to change... babyAnd every word that I say, it's trueYou've got me running and hidingAll over townYou've got me sneaking and peepingAnd running you downThis can't go on...Lord knows you got to change... baby 
When I come home... babyMy house is dark and my pots are coldYou're hangin' round, babyWith Jean and Joan and-a who knows whoI'm getting tired of waiting and fooling aroundI'll find somebody who won't make me feel like a clownThis can't go on...Lord knows you got to change
Like, stalker much? Not to mention the whole "my pots are cold" and you-should-be-home-waiting-for-me mentality. This is the kind of trashy attitude that brought about second-wave feminism!

"Shades of Time" seemed familiar (and great) but I'm not sure why I would recognize it. Is it in a movie or show I'm forgetting? Maybe Mad Men? I know I could use the internet for this but I'm feeling lazy.

"Savor," which Santana performed at Woodstock (I couldn't find video footage) really got me moving in my seat and made me wish I was listening to the album on vinyl. 

I mean, I could talk about the rest of the songs, but I don't have enough ways to say how funky and killer this album is. And with the piano, it's much jazzier than I expected! It's really, really good. The band performing "Soul Sacrifice" at Woodstock:

Is This Better Than Darkness On the Edge of Town: I mean, it's super, super great. I can't say it's better than Darkness, but man, it's fantastic.

1 comment:

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This album is evergreen. Santana by Santana is one of those albums which never looses its charm no matter how much old it become.