Sound — 10
Santana is the eponymous debut of the San Franciscan group, Santana. Although the album is mostly made up of instrumental songs, the album made an impact in the rock and roll scene. The album combined the sounds of rock, blues, latin, and even african rhythms. It was released shortly after their stellar performance at Woodstock, and quickly achieved gold status by years end. It is without a doubt one of the best debut albums a group ever put out, because of its impact and how unique it was in its time.
Lyrics — 8
Like previously mentioned, most of the songs are instrumental. When Santana was first recording, they were told by their producer, Bill Graha, to record songs, not jam sessions. After this, Santana recorded Evil Ways, a song written by Sonny Henry. Evil Ways is one of the only real conventional songs on the record. However, its a great song with great guitar and really a great feel for rhythm. The lyrics are about an ungrateful, spiteful woman and how she should change. Another song with singing in it is Shades of Time. I think the lyrics are about helping someone out and trying to make them better. Persuasion talks about how someone is unable to leave there girl and how she keeps him from going to someone else. Lastly, is You Just Don't Care, with similar themes of Evil Ways. The other songs are Waiting, Savor, Jingo, Treat, and Soul Sacrifice. If you have the deluxe edition, Fried Neckbones is also included. Waiting and Savor are more latin based, Jingo is more african based and Treat is very bluesy. Soul Sacrifice sounds more rock and roll, and Fried Neckbones is a haunting sounding blues. Overall the lyrics are simple, but effective. Same goes for the singing.
Overall Impression — 9
I think Santana is a great album for any music enthusiast because of what it is and how it has changed music. This is a gem in its own right and is easily one of Santana's best. I personally like the songs Evil Ways and Soul Sacrifice. Soul Sacrifice is a great tune with guitar solos, organ solo, drum solo, and conga solo. If you have the deluxe edition, the live version is in my opinion, a lot better musically and sound wise. I love the sound of this album and its latin influences in the music. If this album were lost or stolen, I would definitely buy it again. This album is worth a listen by anyone.