Saturday, October 20, 2012

Abraxas Pool - Coach House - San Diego - CA - June 2nd 1996 - Wave



Waiting Here for You
Going Home
Batuka / Nobody to Depend On
As the Years Go Passing By
Guajirona
Baila Mi Cha Cha
Szabo
Black Magic Woman
Oye Como Va
Boom Ba Ya Ya
Toussaint L'ouverture

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


If you are familiar with Abraxas Pool, then you know that the group contained many of the former members of Santana. The group released only one studio album in 1997. Unfortunately, the cd went out of print and is difficult to find. This is the only live Abraxas Pool known , the concert is fantastic with a really good sound.
Enjoy !!!

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 !!!