Saturday, October 20, 2012

Abraxas Pool - Abraxas pool (1997 - Ex Santana Members - Wave)


01- Boom Ba Ya Ya (Carabello, Rolie, Schon)
02- A Million Miles Away (Rolie, Schon, Shrieve)
03- Baila Mi Cha-Cha (Areas)
04- Waiting for You (Rolie, Shrieve)
05- Going Home (Rolie)
06- Szabo (Schon, Shrieve)
07- Guajirona (Areas)
08- Cruzin' (Rolie)
09- Don't Give Up (Rolie, Schon, Shrieve)
10- Ya Llego (Areas, Carabello)
11- Jingo (Olatunji)

Gregg Rolie - Keyboards - Lead Vocals
Neal Schon - Guitar
Mike Shrieve - Drums
José "Chepito" Areas - Timbales
Alphonso Johnson - Bass
Mike Carabello - Congas



This record SHOULD have been huge, but alas that was not to be. With four members of 1969 Santana Band: Greg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, Jose "Chepito" Areas and Michael Carabello, Joined together with Santana's most famous 'Second' Guitarist and founding member (With Greg Rolie) of Journey, Neal Schon and later-day Santana bassist Alphonso Johnson. All the elements are here, with the powerful percussion force of Shrieve/Areas & Carabello and those smooth vocals and keyboards of Greg, the stellar guitar of Neal Schon, This CD is something special. The fact that only a few of us would hear this amazing music is quite a shame.
That said "Abraxas Pool" is a CD that BELONGS in any music collection. With the BIG drum sound of the opening number "Boom Ba Ya Ya" it is clear to all that this train has not lost any steam, to Describe the sound of these musicians is like describing being charged by a runaway elephant in some steamy jungle. The second tune: "A Million Miles Away" would have sounded real good on the radio. Also of note are the great tunes: "Going Home" and "Don't Give Up" that are as good as anything from The 1969 -1971 period that these musicians remember with great fondness. Mr. Neal Schon get's a showcase number on the wonderful: "Szabo" that has the pure emotion of the best of The Santana Band. But "Abraxas Pool" is not locked in the past, this music is new & fresh and the production is top-notch. Just one listen to the new version of "Jingo" will prove that to your ears.
Except for a short tour of the west coast and this stunning CD, Abraxas Pool is no more. Pick this up whilst it is still available.(By Philip S Wolf)
Enjoy !!!

12 comments:

. said...

Great, great share! Thank you!

Snowdog2112 said...

Nice! Thanks for sharing. Great stuff....wondering why I never grabbed before.

Sadness said...

Hi S, have to agree with the write up.. 10/10
nothing like this has been done as good as or better since caravanseraii in 72..
Neil should get this re-released and give it the push it deserved in the 90`s..
i own this and its in my top 10 of all time greats..
all best and have a great weekend

Anonymous said...

This is awesome - thanks so much for sharing!

Canada

LarryD said...

This is as good as any old Santana records. I'm amazed that I never heard of this band. Thanks for the chance to hear this.

nasty52 said...

Reminds me so much of the first two santana albums cheers

ivan said...

is it all available...I clicked on the title for both these posts but only got one track from each , but from other comments it seems others managed the full thing ?

nasty52 said...

ivan the link is in the file you download first

Josevaty said...

Thank You Silver . Abraxas Pool was an excellent band !!
It's a pain that one album, only.
Josevaty

Terry said...

I've never heard of this band, although I've collected all of Santana's many releases over the last 40-odd years. Great combination of musicians, great sound - I'm going to really enjoy this! Thanks very much indeed.

Barry S said...

I loved this album, Abraxas Pool, when it was first released and was thrilled to see you talk it up here. I've pleaded Gregg to get the guys together for a follow-up album. Maybe someday he'll listen to me:) In the mean time I have this terrific album. From the opening Boom Ba Ya Ya, to the GREAT cover of Jingo, which half the band performed at the original Woodstock with Santana, it is just a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

Thank you for validating my love of this album. Hey Gregg!!! More please.

space88 said...

Total New for me,SPLENDID Band!
Thanks Silverado