Santana ‎– Abraxas

Columbia ‎– KC 30130
Vinyl, LP, Album, Pitman Pressing, Gatefold

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A1 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
Written-By – Michael Carabello
A2 Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen
Written-By – Gabor Szabo, Peter Green (2)
A3 Oye Como Va
Written-By – Tito Puente
A4 Incident At Neshabur
Written-By – Alberto Gianquinto, Carlos Santana
B1 Se A Cabo
Arranged By – C. Areas*Written-By – Chepito Areas*
B2 Mother's Daughter
Written-By – Gregg Rolie
B3 Samba Pa Ti
Arranged By – Carlos Santana, Gregg RolieWritten-By – Carlos Santana
B4 Hope You're Feeling Better
Written-By – Gregg Rolie
B5 El Nicoya
Arranged By – C. Areas*, M. Carabello*, Rico ReyesWritten-By – Chepito Areas*

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Gatefold Cover.
Includes a 22" x 33" black-and-white fold-out poster.

Track A2 Published by Murbo Music Pub., Inc. / PAB Music Corp. (BMI);
A3 - Planetary Music Publ. Corp. (ASCAP);
all other selections Petra Music (BMI).

Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, except A4 recorded at Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo.

Pressing Plant Variation to Abraxas: Both sides are Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): AL 30130
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): BL 30130
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, All Variants, Stamped): P
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A , Variant 1, Stamped): º P AL 30130-1E P C 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 1, Etched): º PBL 30130 1-G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 2, Stamped ): º P AL 30130 1D C A 13
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 2, Etched): º PBL 30130 1-G D 3 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 3, Stamped): º P AL 30130-1D P A 13
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 3, Etched): º PBL 30130 1-H E 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 4, Stamped): º P AL 30130-2D P A 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 4): º P BL 30130-2A P C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 5, Etched): P AL 30130 1-AE º C2 (The -A is scratched out)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 5, Etched): P AL 30130 1-E º 2

Other Versions (5 of 272) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PC 30130 Santana Abraxas(LP, Album, RE) Columbia PC 30130 US Unknown Sell This Version
489543 5 Santana Abraxas(CD, Album, RE) Columbia 489543 5 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
KJPL-0016 Santana Abraxas(LP, Album, Quad, RE) CBS/Sony KJPL-0016 South Korea 1974 Sell This Version
40-32032 Santana Abraxas(Cass, Album, RE) CBS 40-32032 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
UDCD 552 Santana Abraxas(CD, Album, RE, 24K) Columbia, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 552 US 1991 Sell This Version


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February 11, 2018

Terre Haute press reviewed originally, should be the same however:
Im very happy with the US first Terre Haute Pressing of this album. Coming from the first/second press UK I was wondering if it could be topped like I hoped it would, and it just might have been. Comparing the two was done on side 1 through a few listens back and forth.
The first impressions are that the US press has at least one aspect over the UK, that being sound staging and or stereo imaging. It was a bit surprising since I sort of expected things to be the other way around with the US taking the lead with a meaty bass but the UK actually goes deeper in the low end and maybe also high end, but its hard to call right now. Usually I tend to prefer my bass filled pressings over counterparts but what I think I realize now might be even more important is a balanced sound. The US delivers a tighter bass instead and more pronounced instruments because of that soundstage and it fits together more coherently.
One way to describe the two is to say that the UK has a more vertical sound, not as wide but tall with the deep bass and soaring highs, while the US has a horizontal sound with wider imaging.
The record I would probably reach for first at the moment is the US copy even though there are a few more pops on it, but through more listening I will be sure to update if I feel like I can explain further, but it seems like my assumption was right from the start about the UK. It will also be exciting to see what QRP can bring for their 2018 Santana releases, even better than the Mofi I hope.

Current preferred releases:
1. US First Press ( This )
2. UK First Press ( Review: )
3. ???

Equipment used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 tower speakers
Custom made HQ speaker cables


December 10, 2017

While I wasn’t lost in the jungles of Viet Nam when Abraxas blossomed, I was certainly sucking down endless breaths of red baked clay dust as chopper after chopper landed at the Evac Hospital when I first heard this essentially jubilant album that created a seamless sense of musical ecstasy, one that was both new and fresh, like nothing else I’d heard before, creating an atmosphere that was besieged by mysticism that seduced my very soul, if not my entire being.

Abraxas was foreign music for those of us in a foreign land, coming from a country most of us could barely remember as we put one foot in front of the other to usher us through our tours one day at a time. And like Viet Nam, the album was as mood changing and versatile as the events unfolding in this land of green, belaying a controlled inspirational aggressiveness, one laced with traditional yet enthusiastic rhythmic Latin and Afro grooves that while not jazz in the broader sense, were solidly fabricated on the foundations of the improvisations of jazz. Yet within those grooves, Carlos Santana and his band of musical gypsies incorporated the immediacy of rock n’ roll, dynamically allowing their songs to rush headlong, as if each track was composed of one solo laid on top of another solo, to the point where the crescendo was nearly overwhelming, though with that being said, nothing was lost in the haze of this musicianship, because each song and each note was crystal clear, devoid of faulty distortion, carrying the listener to a nether region of volume and intensity that was absolutely boundless and transcendent.

Not meaning to demean any of the other works by Santana, Abraxas stands as a singular inspirational moment in time, defining the notion that jamming was not off the cuff, but rather well considered, explorative and extremely substantial. Much of that I believe is due to the quality of the recording process, where unhappy with the sound of their first outing, Santana set about to deliver an album that sounded bright, full, and with an attention to detail that few had been achieving at this point in time … and if you think you knew the music then, find yourself a mobile high fidelity recording (MoFi), and be prepared to be blown away yet again.

Even with all of it’s swirling guitars and psychedelic organ runs, Abraxas came across sounding classy and exotic, standing apart from what other likeminded musicians such as the Mahavishnu Orchestra were doing with their sound, where their music came across with a snob appeal, while Santana crafted a shimmering path that tapped into the primal spirit that lives within each of us, and brought that spirit nearly hypnotically and captivatingly dancing forward.

*** The Fun Facts: The album’s title comes from a line in Hermann Hesse's book, "Demian," and is quoted on the album's back cover: "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 ..." The word "Abraxas" has deep usage within Gnostic cosmology.

The album’s cover art features the deeply symbolic 1961 painting "Annunciation" by painter Mati Klarwein. According to the artist, it was one of the first paintings he did after relocating to New York City. Carlos Santana reportedly noticed it in a magazine and asked that it be on the cover of the band's upcoming album. Abraxas is now considered to a classic among rock album covers.

Review by Jenell Kesler


July 4, 2017
Can someone please suggest a definitive CD edition of Abraxus? (In between turntables at present, though it sounds like I should invest in the Abraxas, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Box, UD1S 2-001)