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Santana — Se A Cabo
Album: Abraxas
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Released: 1970
Length: 2:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Se a cabo
Se a cabo
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 drivingunit103 wrote:
...spent a lot of time looking at that album cover while listening.

The story of the Abraxas cover art

https://groovyhistory.com/santana-abraxas-cover

...spent a lot of time looking at that album cover while listening.
Long Live                                                                                                                                      Radio Paradise
Rating to me 8 - Most Excellent                     But I am seldom use 9 and 10              
This is completely voodooing me!! Twitch, twist, jerk , stamp. What's the puppet master up to?
Definitely a 9 :-)
 receptor67 wrote:
Why can't you just pay a band a complement? Your "positive" comments are almost always sarcastic barbs about Arcade Fire. You've made your point many times over and over, at least 41 times... I think we get it: you really, really dislike Arcade Fire.

Is this an attempt at humor, or are you just obsessed with hating Arcade Fire and love to see your witty put downs on each comment?

Can you just let it go? Santana is great. Let's talk about him and his music.


idiot_wind wrote:
Geeez...this guy needs some guitar lessons. And that percussion section needs some help. Maybe they need to tour with Arcade Fire and learn a few things. 

 


 
His handle refers to his value being equal to the wind from the bottom of an idiot. 
"Abraxas was deemed "culturally, historically, or artistically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in their National Recording Registry in 2016."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraxas_(album)

 4merdj wrote:
I have both the vynil edition and the CD edition of this album, but not with me right now.
Amazon.com lists the name of the track as "Se A Cabo", which—of course—would be a misspelling
of "Se acabó" (which translates to "it's over") as you correctly point out. Why did they misspell it? I have no idea, only some predictable hypotheses. (I'm not Mexican, but fluent in Spanish {#Cowboy})
Salud! {#Cheers}
 
I'm definitely not fluent in Spanish, but couldn't it be translated something like, "to be in Cabo" or "He is in Cabo" .... as in Cabo San Lucas?  That's kind of what we thought — and dreamed about — in 1974.
{#Guitarist}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}
{#Drummer} great percussion!  {#Hearteyes}
sorry baby but se a cabo
Man, this is some BLISTERING stuff, and I LIKE IT! Carlos and the musicians he surrounds himself with are always firm in the Groove!
Love this album and No. 3 is even better.
idiot_wind picked a good handle for him/herself. {#Rolleyes}

BTW, jag - I finished the book a couple of weeks ago. Good read, thanks for mentioning it.
Why can't you just pay a band a complement? Your "positive" comments are almost always sarcastic barbs about Arcade Fire. You've made your point many times over and over, at least 41 times... I think we get it: you really, really dislike Arcade Fire.

Is this an attempt at humor, or are you just obsessed with hating Arcade Fire and love to see your witty put downs on each comment?

Can you just let it go? Santana is great. Let's talk about him and his music.


idiot_wind wrote:
Geeez...this guy needs some guitar lessons. And that percussion section needs some help. Maybe they need to tour with Arcade Fire and learn a few things. 

 


Geeez...this guy needs some guitar lessons. And that percussion section needs some help. Maybe they need to tour with Arcade Fire and learn a few things. 
 jagdriver wrote:


A very interesting read.

{#Cool} If it shows up at my local library, I'll pick it up.

I've read Keef's & Mick's, Gregg Allman's, Tony Iommi's, Dave Grohl's, Phil Lesh's, Jimmy Page's, Neil Young's, several others in rock. Carlos has always been one of my faves.
 jagdriver wrote:


A very interesting read.
A great book a great man and a great musician. And best Santana album for sure....
 



A very interesting read.
 zubeneschamli wrote:

Very true, but don't write off his "transition period", starting after "Caravansari". That's when he met John McLaughlin, started following Sri Chinmoy, and changed his name to Devadip. Two overlooked albums from that time are "Welcome" and "Barborletta", which are filled with songs that praise Chinmoy and reflect Carlos's religious changes. T
 
"Borborletta" is one of my favorite fusion albums. It's not for everyone, indeed, but with the return of fusion I've turned on two younger friends to that album and a few other gems from that mid-70s period when guitar-based rock headed off to a galaxy far, far away.
 Jeffrey wrote:
I'm not trying to be snarky . . . after all, Santana's first album was the first LP I ever bought.  But, I can't help it; ever since I heard Zappa's "Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression," I've never been able to listen to Santana's guitar playing in the same way.

 

Found this review:

Ah, not just any set of changes here, but the Carlos Santana secret chord progression.   The small-minded people will point out that it is just a two-chord vamp on G minor and C7.  But didn't Santana hit the top of the charts with two lousy chords on "Evil Ways" and "Oye Como Va"?  Well, the secret's out, Carlos.  Every guitarist at West L.A. Music and Sam Ash now knows the score.  To reinforce the point, Zappa enlists seven people for his rhythm section -- if you can believe the personnel credits, which seem a wee bit padded to these ears -- and they pound away at G minor and C7 like it's the second coming of F major soon to arrive on a cloud in the sky.  But forget about the harmonies here.  The magic is concentrated in Zappa's lead guitar, which sizzles like a downed power line on wet pavement.  Very edgy work with no comic relief, just straight playin'. 

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


 Stingray wrote:
The early 5-6 Santana albums are just breathtaking!

 
Very true, but don't write off his "transition period", starting after "Caravansari". That's when he met John McLaughlin, started following Sri Chinmoy, and changed his name to Devadip. Two overlooked albums from that time are "Welcome" and "Barborletta", which are filled with songs that praise Chinmoy and reflect Carlos's religious changes. They lyrics aren't for everyone, though most of the songs and arrangements are pretty good. What was spectacular was the playing. Carlos learned a lot from recording "Love, Devotion, Surrender" with McLaughlin, and you can hear it in his playing. Unfortunately, the smell of money became too much for Carlos, and he went back to full pop mode. He's never gotten back to the incredible playing of his early days and his "Chinmoy years", and has become a caricature of what he used to be. A shame, but at least we still have this material to enjoy. 
{#Bananapiano}
I'm not trying to be snarky . . . after all, Santana's first album was the first LP I ever bought.  But, I can't help it; ever since I heard Zappa's "Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression," I've never been able to listen to Santana's guitar playing in the same way.
{#Dancingbanana}
 paulmack wrote:

You are quite capable of going away, yourself. Even that one sentence indicates something - you're like the telemarketer's dream; you hate being called, but you answer the phone and then won't hang up on them.


 
hear hear
 Stingray wrote:
The early 5-6 Santana albums are just breathtaking!
 
I kinda lost touch after Welcome. There always seemed to be something of interest in those subsequent offerings, just not solid, until Supernatural. That's me for that...
 EssexTex wrote:
Great..another generic Santana song
 
No. Not. At. All.
In fact, this song came from their stellar second album in 1970. Abraxis. Hardly generic. It was considered a bold departure from their debut. Likely older than you are. Not your fault. But, when you say "Great", I agree, particularly re: the timbale work on this song!
Great..another generic Santana song
The early 5-6 Santana albums are just breathtaking!
Only because of the name "Se A Cabo..." On the subway the other day I heard a couple of college students planning their winter break trip to my home town, San Francisco, when one of them sez, "My dad's got a place in Cabo. We should drive down there. It's only nine or ten hours." I had to laugh. Cabo San Lucas is at the tip of Baja California some 1,550 miles south of The City, probably 26-27 hours of driving time alone much less taking poddy breaks and the like. I don't recall being that clueless/dense in college, but who knows? Maybe I was.
BUMMER!  Got to leave the office ... and this magnificent piece of Latin boogie!

Never came up with anything original, but folks dig them anyway. Whatever.
 unclehud wrote:
OFF TOPIC, maybe ...

When telemarketers called, I used to tell them, "Wait just a second, OK?  I gotta get the baby out of the bathtub."  Then I'd put the phone down and ignore it for five minutes.  Maybe that's why they don't call me these days.
 

ASK your boss for holidays, you sure need a loooong couple of weeks !   (but I keep the trick anyway)
41 years ago.....
I just bought a Hammond/Leslie last night. Maybe tonight when I get home I'll try to coax this kind of sound out of it. Should be fun.{#Bananapiano}
 unclehud wrote:
Ahhhh, yesssss!  Proof that time does indeed stand still every now and then!
 
EXACTLY!


OFF TOPIC, maybe ...

When telemarketers called, I used to tell them, "Wait just a second, OK?  I gotta get the baby out of the bathtub."  Then I'd put the phone down and ignore it for five minutes.  Maybe that's why they don't call me these days.
 januismer wrote:
Oh dear God.  Make it go away!!
 
You are quite capable of going away, yourself. Even that one sentence indicates something - you're like the telemarketer's dream; you hate being called, but you answer the phone and then won't hang up on them.

Oh dear God.  Make it go away!!
 tiggers wrote:
Absolutely! It just sounds like a very bad jamming session by people who are too stoned to realise they are boring the crap out of everyone.
 
It's only boring if you're not stoned, too.  THAT'S the real problem ...

Ahhhh, yesssss!  Proof that time does indeed stand still every now and then!

 justin_thyme wrote:

I wonder why EssexTex even bothers to listen to RP.

 

Physics Genius or Excelsior reborn?

 


 justin_thyme wrote:

I wonder why EssexTex even bothers to listen to RP.

 
I took a brief look at his comments page, and noted that his ratings form a bell curve, with mostly 7s, pretty much like anybody else's. His comments, though, are mostly snarky. So my theory is that Mr. Tex had his lunch money stolen by Carlos Santana in grade school, thus explaining his hatred for all things Santana. Also, I believe Mr. Tex thinks he's really clever, explaining the snarky comments. Just a theory.

 asteroids wrote:
Why is it called "Se A cabo"? It is actually written that way in the disc? because the sentence doesn't make sense. It should be "Se acabó" It is wrongly spelled, but why? is it intentional or a word game? if so then what is it supposed to mean?
(I'm Mexican)
 

I have both the vynil edition and the CD edition of this album, but not with me right now.
Amazon.com lists the name of the track as "Se A Cabo", which—of course—would be a misspelling
of "Se acabó" (which translates to "it's over") as you correctly point out. Why did they misspell it? I have no idea, only some predictable hypotheses. (I'm not Mexican, but fluent in Spanish {#Cowboy})
Salud! {#Cheers}
 justin_thyme wrote:

I wonder why EssexTex even bothers to listen to RP.

 
Probably because he/she can expose us to his/her misery and negativity. 

¡Se acabó!
 EssexTex wrote:
Santana = Go to oven, turn on gas, insert head.
 
I wonder why EssexTex even bothers to listen to RP.

Why is it called "Se A cabo"? It is actually written that way in the disc? because the sentence doesn't make sense. It should be "Se acabó" It is wrongly spelled, but why? is it intentional or a word game? if so then what is it supposed to mean?
(I'm Mexican)
{#Music} {#Notworthy} A b r a x a s {#Pray} {#Music}
Ah - the cure for Dengue Fever!

 EssexTex wrote:
Santana = Go to oven, turn on gas, insert head.
 
Good luck with that.

Bum's throwing trash cans around in an alley.
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}Love Santana!

Not my favorite from this album but this album is my favorite of theirs.
Cool.. last time I heard this I was sitting on the Cali coast enjoying the sun and ocean...  :-) 
{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}
 eltom wrote:
Great tune! Santana is so bad these days... The old recordings are so great, but today it's obviously crab.
 
Agreed.

eltom wrote:
Great tune! Santana is so bad these days... The old recordings are so great, but today it's obviously crab.

"Crab"...yeah that too

Great tune! Santana is so bad these days... The old recordings are so great, but today it's obviously crab.
Santana = Go to oven, turn on gas, insert head.
 slowhand wrote:
One his best....immortal.
 
Can you please rate this one an 11??

One his best....immortal.
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Buh-bye, now.
Santana's my cue to click over to radioio acoustic.
Sorry.
 

Absolutely! It just sounds like a very bad jamming session by people who are too stoned to realise they are boring the crap out of everyone.
 Tony0600 wrote:
But I still love Caravanserai
 
Simply wonderful (Caravanserai, that is...). This track is OK, but not enough to want to DL it to my player.

 WonderLizard wrote:


Michael Shrieve

From AMG:

Shrieve has had a long and interesting career as a rock drummer, percussionist, and progressive electronic composer. Gaining early recognition as the powerhouse drummer for Santana, the teenage Shrieve was launched into the popular culture maelstrom when he performed an extended drum solo during Santana's appearance at the legendary Woodstock festival. Over the years, Shrieve has continued to strive for innovative approaches to percussion-based music. His numerous collaborations include work with Stomu Yamash'ta, Klaus Schulze, Steve Roach, David Beal, David Torn, and Andy Summers, to name a few.

 
I saw a YouTube video of him awhile back playing at an outdoor music festival in the northwest.  As Wonderlizard mentioned, he played with Stomu Yamash'ta and Steve Winwood on an LP in a band they called "Go."  I've got it on vinyl.  Good music to listen to when in an altered state.  Especially the cut "Crossing the line."


 jdpinball wrote:
WOW what a great segue from the Stone Roses

 
Another Stone Roses Segue. 
Mute Button Time for me- you kids play nice- see you when I get back.

rconlon wrote:
Whatever happened to the drummer of this band at the time? I remember him from Woodstock.
Michael Shrieve From AMG: Shrieve has had a long and interesting career as a rock drummer, percussionist, and progressive electronic composer. Gaining early recognition as the powerhouse drummer for Santana, the teenage Shrieve was launched into the popular culture maelstrom when he performed an extended drum solo during Santana's appearance at the legendary Woodstock festival. Over the years, Shrieve has continued to strive for innovative approaches to percussion-based music. His numerous collaborations include work with Stomu Yamash'ta, Klaus Schulze, Steve Roach, David Beal, David Torn, and Andy Summers, to name a few.
Whatever happened to the drummer of this band at the time? I remember him from Woodstock.
The best of the first 3 albums, in my opinion, but only by a whisker!
leap wrote:
I think the great power that the music can creat in our minds,Carlos Santana makes it whit his vibrations, if i were you I'll buy all of his albums. Nature bless You CARLOS :propeller: SANTANA Leon Ernesto(Ibague, Colombia)
:drunk:
lwilkinson wrote:
I've always considered Santana to be in the same class as Herb Alpert ..... buy the first 1 or 2 albums cause they're the best and everything after sounds the same, even 40 years later.
Know exactly what you mean. I saw him in London a year or two and I found it very repetitive - and may sound carzy - boring. But I still love Caravanserai
What a groove! Oh yeah.
I think the great power that the music can creat in our minds,Carlos Santana makes it whit his vibrations, if i were you I'll buy all of his albums. Nature bless You CARLOS :propeller: SANTANA Leon Ernesto(Ibague, Colombia)
Buh-bye, now. Santana's my cue to click over to radioio acoustic. Sorry.
I've always considered Santana to be in the same class as Herb Alpert ..... buy the first 1 or 2 albums cause they're the best and everything after sounds the same, even 40 years later.
WOW what a great segue from the Stone Roses you are makin' it hard to get any work done
Nice mix this afternoon.
coloradojohn wrote:
Aw, man, we just have to face it: no one out there is making music with anywhere near this much PASSION anymore...(or putting out tasty album covers like this anymore!) This one never fails to get the blood pumping and the house a rocking! KICK OUT THE JAMBS, CARLOS AND CO.!
Yep, get out the mescaline and let's groove.
Aw, man, we just have to face it: no one out there is making music with anywhere near this much PASSION anymore...(or putting out tasty album covers like this anymore!) This one never fails to get the blood pumping and the house a rocking! KICK OUT THE JAMBS, CARLOS AND CO.!
Carl wrote:
Se A Cabo ~ To the End
¡Gracias! (BTW I should have expected "Se acabó", i.e. "It stopped")
Carl wrote:
Se A Cabo ~ To the End
And ''See Cabo Wabo'' means visit Sammy Hagar's club in Mexico and try his world-class tequila.
ce wrote:
Does anybody know what the titel means, if anything? I would expect "Se Acabo", i.e. "it stops".
Se A Cabo ~ To the End
Does anybody know what the titel means, if anything? I would expect "Se Acabo", i.e. "it stops".
here it comes, that cliched santana fuzzy guitar bent note thing. unimpressive. i suppose this album had alot of impact at the time; first crossover, but now?
SuperWeh wrote:
Possibly so, but that's why I appreciate it so much that he has such a great band and lets them play as well. As opposed to guys like Satriani or Vai that don't seem to let any of their bandmembers get in the way of their soloing.
Satriani, perhaps, but not Vai as much...he gets some excellent supporting players that are amazing - especially when playing live. And Santana's band? Well, his rhythm section seems to play one measure per song, just 1000 times over and over.
cptbuz wrote:
Say! a Cow Bell :doh:
The amazing thing is the cowbell perfectly coordinates for quite a while. Wow. I'm sleep deprived and easily amused.
Carlos and the band can lay it down - he's one of the true guitar gods. I saw them live back in the 80's and they cooked!!
Say! a Cow Bell :doh:
Oh! Se acabó! :sad:
jruhnke wrote:
physicsgenius wrote:
Uh, I'm listening at work and that album cover is Not Safe For Work. Could we get a little checking going on here?
Your boss called. He said to tell you to quit listening to music, looking at dirty pictures, and rating every song on RP a 1 or 2, and do some @#$^% work!
physicsgenius wrote:
Uh, I'm listening at work and that album cover is Not Safe For Work. Could we get a little checking going on here?
Your boss called. He said to tell you to quit listening to music, looking at dirty pictures, and rating every song on RP a 1 or 2, and do some @#$^% work!
mojoman wrote:
... and Carlos has been playing the same guitar solo ever since.
Possibly so, but that's why I appreciate it so much that he has such a great band and lets them play as well. As opposed to guys like Satriani or Vai that don't seem to let any of their bandmembers get in the way of their soloing.
Uh, I'm listening at work and that album cover is Not Safe For Work. Could we get a little checking going on here?
4999thnewuser wrote:
Just finished wiring my PC sound card up to a 50 watt stereo, turned up RP to test it and this song nearly blew my eardrums out. Sheer bliss
But does yours go up to 11?
rulebritannia wrote:
Ditto, ditto. I'll admit, it's comforting to find fellow non-Carlos fans.
I'll join that group. I've just never been able to aquire a tast for his music. I've tried and tried, but it's still tuff to listen to.
... and Carlos has been playing the same guitar solo ever since.
A master...
:guitarist: :notworthy:
Just finished wiring my PC sound card up to a 50 watt stereo, turned up RP to test it and this song nearly blew my eardrums out. Sheer bliss
tlem wrote:
The Santana that's been played so often recently just solidifies my dislike of him (his music, actually). Maybe the Latin-flavored rock sounded revolutionary at one time, and that's how he gained popularity. But jeez, those long instrumental noodlings just wear me out. I saw him open for the Dead, and he was just as boring to me live. I think he's better backing other people, adding a touch of color with his guitar. (All IMHO, of course. What do I know? Too much good stuff on RP to turn the channel.)
Just keep it coming Bill, of course some hispanic hater white boys will whyne about it...but guess what, this is RP and you can kiss my ass, and yes what do you know?? Maybe open your horizons...
:bounce:
Rockin' ! ! ! !
wanker
snowbug wrote:
Thank you for articulating this for me!! (A year ago, no less...) I can appreciate the cultural significance of Santana, and I can begrudgingly recognize the technical prowess... But man do I hate listening to it.
Ditto, ditto. I'll admit, it's comforting to find fellow non-Carlos fans.
Where are my dancing shoes?
tlem wrote:
The Santana that's been played so often recently just solidifies my dislike of him (his music, actually). Maybe the Latin-flavored rock sounded revolutionary at one time, and that's how he gained popularity. But jeez, those long instrumental noodlings just wear me out. I saw him open for the Dead, and he was just as boring to me live. I think he's better backing other people, adding a touch of color with his guitar. (All IMHO, of course. What do I know? Too much good stuff on RP to turn the channel.)
Thank you for articulating this for me!! (A year ago, no less...) I can appreciate the cultural significance of Santana, and I can begrudgingly recognize the technical prowess... But man do I hate listening to it.
PeterGriffin wrote:
Uh oh, more noodling boring hippie zlfejfd9804309f............ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ :sleep:
as opposed to more noodling, boring, pubescent #@%^#* from Radiohead?
:jump: :jump: :jump:
Er ... the title should be "Se acabó." Or, in English, "It's Over ." And before anyone says anything about that "a" in "acabó" being lowercase, that's how titles are written in Spanish. Messed with my head for years, it did.
Ok.... just woke up from the Quicksilver Messenger Service song..... Uh oh, more noodling boring hippie zlfejfd9804309f............ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ :sleep:
tlem wrote:
The Santana that's been played so often recently just solidifies my dislike of him (his music, actually). Maybe the Latin-flavored rock sounded revolutionary at one time, and that's how he gained popularity. But jeez, those long instrumental noodlings just wear me out. I saw him open for the Dead, and he was just as boring to me live. I think he's better backing other people, adding a touch of color with his guitar. (All IMHO, of course. What do I know? Too much good stuff on RP to turn the channel.)
That's really funny! I saw him open for the Dead too and it greatly improved the whole experience for me! I thought he was the perfect front man. :guitarist: I agree that some noodling gets old but IMHO...not here.
Outstanding...
What a great song and never heard on the radio ... but \"Mother\'s Daughter\" and \"Hope You\'re Feeling Better\" on the B side of the Abraxas album might be even more tougher... :bounce:
damn fine transition from \"My Little Suede Shoes\"... :wave: :bounce:
All these years later and still *music to my ears* :)
The Santana that\'s been played so often recently just solidifies my dislike of him (his music, actually). Maybe the Latin-flavored rock sounded revolutionary at one time, and that\'s how he gained popularity. But jeez, those long instrumental noodlings just wear me out. I saw him open for the Dead, and he was just as boring to me live. I think he\'s better backing other people, adding a touch of color with his guitar. (All IMHO, of course. What do I know? Too much good stuff on RP to turn the channel.)
I like this song.