Santana (1969 album)
Santana is the debut studio album by Latin rock band Santana released in 1969. Over half of the album's length is composed of instrumental music, recorded by what was originally a purely free-form jam band. At the suggestion of manager Bill Graham, the band took to writing more conventional songs for more impact, but managed to retain the essence of improvisation in the music.
The album was destined to be a major release, given a headstart by the band's seminal performance at the Woodstock Festival earlier that August. Although "Jingo" failed to chart (only reaching #56), "Evil Ways", the second single taken from the album, was a U.S. Top 10 hit. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 pop album chart and #26 on the UK Albums Chart. It has been mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic.
In 2003 the album was ranked number 149 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Allmusic awards the album 4 and a half stars, by stating "Carlos Santana was originally in his own wing of the Latin Rock hall of fame, neither playing Afro-Cuban with rock guitar, as did Malo, nor flavouring mainstream rock with percussion, as did Chicago."