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Santana — Soul Sacrifice
Album: Santana
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7.7

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Total ratings: 3288









Released: 1969
Length: 6:34
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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Woodstock version: that moment can only happen once in a lifetime: deeply regret I missed it by a few years... Vive la révolution!
I saw Santana 4 times and every concert was fantastic. One of the tightest bands ever playing live. The musicianship of the band members is always top-notch and talented.
 Highlowsel wrote:
Come on now...you can admi it....you're among friends here.  Tell me you weren't duoing a bit of the 'ol "air drumming" there in the final couple of minutes?
 
Nah, I was still slamming they keyboard through the Leslie.
Come on now...you can admi it....you're among friends here.  Tell me you weren't duoing a bit of the 'ol "air drumming" there in the final couple of minutes?



Highlow
American Net'Zen
 fuh2 wrote:
Shreve, the drummer here was only 16?


 
Wikipedia says:
Shrieve was the second youngest musician to perform at Woodstock in 1969, being aged 20. His drum solo during "Soul Sacrifice" in the Woodstock film has been described as "electrifying",
 robmoyer wrote:
Turn it up!!
 
I'm giving her all she's got captain!
 khardog145 wrote:
We were freshmen in h.s. when the woodstock movie came out.  All of us girls were totally in love with Michael Shrieve.  LOL.
 

I'm an old dude but I think I love him too, what a talent.
We were freshmen in h.s. when the woodstock movie came out.  All of us girls were totally in love with Michael Shrieve.  LOL.
Only twice in the last 30 days?  
think of it as involuntary aerobic workout for your heart!!!!!
this song does everyones heart good!
 cavemanleong wrote:
Damn! This song is as old as I am! I LOVE IT! 
 
Almost as old as I am!
 robmoyer wrote:
Turn it up!!
 
I am!
I can rate this Godlike if I want to.
Turn it up!!
Damn! This song is as old as I am! I LOVE IT! 
 eileenomurphy wrote:
GREAT tune! I listened to this in High school! ...It is even more magical listening to all of the details in FLAC with Excellent headphones, amp & DAC!
 

And the Woodstock version really kicks butt! They should play it here!
GREAT tune! I listened to this in High school! ...It is even more magical listening to all of the details in FLAC with Excellent headphones, amp & DAC!
 Queue wrote:
That Hammond at the end!!!!   Powerful!

(but the whole thing rocks)
I had it at 8 but this evening ,after a refresher the sense at the end that it was live performance that happened to take place in a studio, had me imagining the musicians thinking: pick the bones out of that after the third finale... It's surely a 9

 ThePoose wrote:
One of the must-see and must-hear moments in music history: Santana playing this at Woodstock. Check it out on YouTube. And Michael's drum solo—OMG
 
Great Woods, Mansfield, MA, many years after Woodstock. Joyous nevertheless!


I've seen God!
Santana can be simply amazing at times...."9"  
Just CANNOT stop Dancing to THIS!!!
 chinaski wrote:
Jamming in my seat like a madman, air drums, air guitar, air organ, air congas the works!!!!! Man what a workout!!! Yeah!!

Anyone old enough to remember the Airplane / Santana / Dead PBS special from way back when? Bits of it are on YouTube nowadays. First saw Santana in concert at the Felt Forum in NYC touring their third album release, Malo opening. Santana was nearly two hours late taking the stage but made up for it. Those were the daze.
 
Those were the daze indeed!!  ;)
 idiot_wind wrote:
I think some of us got so spoiled on the guitar players of the late 1960s and 1970s: Santana, Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Beck, Richards, Allman, Garcia, etc.

What do we have today? Dave Matthews?   Foo Fighters?
 I fucking hate people like you.

 ThePoose wrote:
One of the must-see and must-hear moments in music history: Santana playing this at Woodstock. Check it out on YouTube. And Michael's drum solo—OMG!
 

Too bad Michael went one to join cheese masters supreme Journey.
Although the style a bit jaded now.  I had to close my eyes and imagine myself at woodstock watching this.  The hair on my next stood up .
Michael Shrieve could play a bit.

And Carlos Santana's own comments about how wrecked they were at Woodstock are epic.  As an amateur musician I cannot imagine how they did what they did in that condition in front of half a million people.  For us mere mortals it's hard enough straight.
It's August 15, 2019.  
Happy 50th Woodstock anniversary, gents!  Caliente! 
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Still cooks after all this time - but nothing, nothing, beats the Woodstock version for steaming funk.
 

50 years ago!!
 rgio wrote:
It is possible Santana has the most former members of any band....ever?
 

Maybe, except for the big bands of the '30s - '40s. But many of these names will be album-only studio players.  Some are still with him, and some move with him on various national and intl dates.  Still, those are a lot of former players. 
That Hammond at the end!!!!   Powerful!

(but the whole thing rocks)
What a classic!  Epitome of Woodstock and the 60's rock scene in general.
It is possible Santana has the most former members of any band....ever?
pretty wild
How am I expected to stop listening to this and go teach?! I just hope I can stop twitching by the time I get into the classroom
 versalog wrote:
The band is awesome except for that boat anchor of a guitarist.
 
Anchor is right; all energy radiates from Carlos.
The band is awesome except for that boat anchor of a guitarist.
 SeriousLee wrote:
Great lovemaking song. {#Shifty}
 

Great lovemaking song. {#Shifty}
I grew up on the live version from the Moonflower double LP. That is quite worthy.
 BobbyCat wrote:
I need to give it more. Ooops, it's already at 10, let's raise it to 12 then.{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}

 
Your emojis dance exactly in line with the rhytm of the song.....
When this came out, it was music like nobody have had ever heard. Game changer, and still great music.
 TheKing2 wrote:
too monotonous 
 
I guess you are not a drum solo fan
too monotonous 
TIL that there are people that have rated this less than 6

Does not compute!
I need to give it more. Ooops, it's already at 10, let's raise it to 12 then.{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
Wow!
Never noticed all the faces in that album cover lion's face, until now.
Takes me a while, sometimes, to see the obvious... {#Stupid}
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Still cooks after all this time - but nothing, nothing, beats the Woodstock version for steaming funk.

 
That's right. This is neat and clean. Woodstock is raw, smoking hot and almost off the rails. Better living through chemistry. 
Still cooks after all this time - but nothing, nothing, beats the Woodstock version for steaming funk.
          
 fredriley wrote:
More noodles than a Chinese restaurant. Fine if you're in the mood, irritating if you're not. In the immortal words of Joe Strummer: f*ckin' long, innit?

 
Unfortunately, today I am not in the mood. And I hate any variety of organ music. 
Jamming in my seat like a madman, air drums, air guitar, air organ, air congas the works!!!!! Man what a workout!!! Yeah!!

Anyone old enough to remember the Airplane / Santana / Dead PBS special from way back when? Bits of it are on YouTube nowadays. First saw Santana in concert at the Felt Forum in NYC touring their third album release, Malo opening. Santana was nearly two hours late taking the stage but made up for it. Those were the daze.
It's July 20. It's Carlos Santana's 70th birthday. Feliz cumpleanos. You da man. Still kicking it, on tour, still cranking out music, with Hancock and Shorter, and the original band. Muchisimos.  
Time to crank up the auxiliary power...




 molson wrote:
GREGG ROLIE ON THE B3!!!{#Bananapiano}

 
Neal Schon on the guitar too. (16 y/o) the soon to be Journey
1975-
Image result for journey first album 1975 
 zenhead wrote:
One of my all-time favorite albums. I think I bought it used, way back in high school,  at Points Across in Greenwich, CT.

 

If you're into vinyl still this is out on Mofi ultra 2 gain.  Pricey but worth it for any fan of this album.

https://www.mofi.com/product_p/mfsl2-012.htm
 
{#Notworthy}    {#Notworthy}   {#Notworthy}   {#Notworthy}
 fredriley wrote:
More noodles than a Chinese restaurant. Fine if you're in the mood, irritating if you're not. In the immortal words of Joe Strummer: f*ckin' long, innit?

 
You say that like its a bad thing. Ideal record to get your money's worth out of a jukebox.
 Boy_Wonder wrote:

In 1976, 'London's Burning' was pretty f***n deep....

 
Eh not really :P

For Strummer, I guess stuff like "Atom Tan" was rill deep. {#Think}

Actually, I like some of Clash's stuff. But with Joe's limited 3 min. (or less) attention span coming from punk/new wave, he should STFU about other's choice in song length.
 coloradojohn wrote:
I think he was only 19 when they did this in front of The World and got way famous after that! I've seen him a few times and he ROCKS

 
Santana was 22. Drummer Mike Shrieve was about 20. 

 
One of my all-time favorite albums. I think I bought it used, way back in high school,  at Points Across in Greenwich, CT.
I think he was only 19 when they did this in front of The World and got way famous after that! I've seen him a few times and he ROCKS
 LowPhreak wrote:

Joe Strummer saying anything "immortal"? {#Roflol}  Yeah, The Clash sure were deep thinkers. 

 
In 1976, 'London's Burning' was pretty f***n deep....
This was a great band.  This is a great number.  The snarky, elitist criticisms of Santana's guitar skills from people like Zappa mean nothing to me.  This is just rock and roll, after all.
I saw them in Perugia, Italy in 2006 while on holiday with my wife and two kids. That was all part of their upbringing {#Wink}. Soul Sacrifice was in the encore.

 
 Imagi wrote:
The first time Santana played at the Fillmore East, they brought the house down! We all stood up throughout the night.

 
Seems like yesterday.
The first time Santana played at the Fillmore East, they brought the house down! We all stood up throughout the night.
 fredriley wrote:
More noodles than a Chinese restaurant. Fine if you're in the mood, irritating if you're not. In the immortal words of Joe Strummer: f*ckin' long, innit?

 
Joe Strummer saying anything "immortal"? {#Roflol}  Yeah, The Clash sure were deep thinkers. 


The new Santana IV album is kind of neat. A couple of really smoking cuts. Most of the original band, as the guys here, at Woodstock, and through the first 3 - 4 albums. Santana and Schon trade some hot licks, and that percussion and drum attack remains first class. 
 
Hard to listen to while I'm here at work.
More noodles than a Chinese restaurant. Fine if you're in the mood, irritating if you're not. In the immortal words of Joe Strummer: f*ckin' long, innit?
 ThePoose wrote:
One of the must-see and must-hear moments in music history: Santana playing this at Woodstock. Check it out on YouTube. And Michael's drum solo—OMG!

 
In an interview Carlos said that he dropped some acid just before his performance was rescheduled, and that as he played this number he was having a rough time dominating his guitar because it was turning into a snake. He was praying to God to be able to "stay in time and in tune". That would account for all the face-scrunching going on in the Woodstock film. Whew!

Here's the film clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqZceAQSJvc

And here's the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8LcqwL8a00


 ThePoose wrote:
One of the must-see and must-hear moments in music history: Santana playing this at Woodstock. Check it out on YouTube. And Michael's drum solo—OMG!

 
Absolutely {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}
And the drummer was only 19 years old or so.

In fact, watch the whole Woodstock movie.
There are some gems there. 
Brilliantly self-indulgent. Most Santana songs sound the same as the last, but this one is a little different, if a bit too long.
Gregg Rolie burns up the B3 on this!
 kingart wrote:
. First 4 albums of the original line up.

 
yep, my favorites are Santana 3 and Caravanserai
 Kaw wrote:
 
 mrselfdestruct wrote:
Satanna needs to go back to hell where he came from.

  
I'm not a Santana fan and I find all his work a bit cheesy and dated. But your comment goes a bit far.

A pox on you, selfdestruct. 
The music and the musician(s) have stood the test of time. At least some of it has. First 4 albums of the original line up. Who and which, btw, are back touring together. As Santana and Journey. Yeah, I know, geriatric rock. Old dudes need the bread. CDs don't sell, streaming doesn't pay, what's a 68 year old drummer to do?  
But this track, and most others from these guys for the next 5 years after, were unsurpassed for musical power. So satan this. {#Chillpill} 
 mrselfdestruct wrote:
Satanna needs to go back to hell where he came from.

 
I'm not a Santana fan and I find all his work a bit cheesy and dated. But your comment goes a bit far.
I just feel really good when I hear this album..masterstroke track.      {#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana}
GREGG ROLIE ON THE B3!!!{#Bananapiano}
Perfection
Is there such a phrase as "this one's really growing off me"?
This one still gets it done!
 qmaxvindaloo wrote:
Darn it they are playing it again!

 
abso-fraggin-lutely!  {#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Guitarist}{#Bananasplit}
Satanna needs to go back to hell where he came from.
Is it over yet?
Great as ever and always.   {#Bananasplit}{#Bananajam}
Santana? Gosh, I would've never guessed{#Sleep}
Michael Shrieve - electrifying drums man  : o
 qmaxvindaloo wrote:
Darn it they are playing it again!

 
Is that a tear in your eye is is the vindaloo too hot? 


Thanks 4 this one Bill, I was getting drowsey and this picked me up,...68 minutes 'till 4:20
One of the must-see and must-hear moments in music history: Santana playing this at Woodstock. Check it out on YouTube. And Michael's drum solo—OMG!
Darn it they are playing it again!
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Guitarist}{#Bananasplit}
I like this song, but it gets played too much!
 idiot_wind wrote:
I think some of us got so spoiled on the guitar players of the late 1960s and 1970s: Santana, Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Beck, Richards, Allman, Garcia, etc.

What do we have today? Dave Matthews?   Foo Fighters?

 
I think some of us got spoiled on the guitar players of the late 1940s and 1950s: Nat King Cole, Barney Kessel, Tony Motolla, etc.

What did we have in the '60s-'70s ? Santana ? Rolling Stones ? Cream ? LOL !


Dig it up, there are plenty great GREAT guitarists in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s.

Music changes, keep your memories dear but don't lose your edge !
I think some of us got so spoiled on the guitar players of the late 1960s and 1970s: Santana, Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Beck, Richards, Allman, Garcia, etc.

What do we have today? Dave Matthews?   Foo Fighters?
 zubeneschamli wrote:
The song that knocked Woodstock on it's ass. Great playing by Carlos, believe that's Jose Areas on percussion, and Michael Shrieve on drums, whose drum solo at 20 at Woodstock brought the house down. 

 
Absolutely - while the album version is great, the version off the Woodstock soundtrack just RAWKS.

I always play it at parties. Even us oldsters get up to this. 
 dkrstic wrote:
Awful. 

 
Sorry. Not everyone can be Dave Matthews.
Yeah, it doesn't get much better or more desk-drumming magical than this! Always a welcome jammer, and hard to believe it's from '69
One of the best performances to come out of Woodstock. The live version is a thing of beauty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqZceAQSJvc 
 raenvald wrote:
Quite simply... Outstanding. Fascinating man. Great band. Inspirational music. Tapping into a very deep root of sensual, rhythmic and melodic wisdom.  
 
Quite simply...exactly.  
 dkrstic wrote:
Awful. 

 
Awful Good!  {#Bananajam} {#Drummer} {#Music}
Quite simply... Outstanding. Fascinating man. Great band. Inspirational music. Tapping into a very deep root of sensual, rhythmic and melodic wisdom.  
Amazing!

love the percussion! 
 dkrstic wrote:
Awful. 

 
Awesome!
OUTSTANDING — {#Drummer}
 dkrstic wrote:
Awful. 

 
opinion
 zubeneschamli wrote:
The song that knocked Woodstock on it's ass. Great playing by Carlos, believe that's Jose Areas on percussion, and Michael Shrieve on drums, whose drum solo at 20 at Woodstock brought the house down. 

 
And Greg Rollie on keyboards, Dave Brown on bass, Mike Carabello on congas. Studio version is classic. But live at Woodstock is completely off the meter.  In this case at least, better living, and playing, through chemistry. 
 ljoergen wrote:
Come see this old geezer in Las Vegas these days!
Shut the front door, he is good. 
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano} 

 
I'm thinking about doing just that. I haven't seen his concert in 20+ years. 
I heard that he and this original band were discussing a reunion. To which I say: 
HURRY THE FUCK UP!  I'll be first on line or on-line for tickets. 
Come see this old geezer in Las Vegas these days!
Shut the front door, he is good. 
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano} 
Spectacular!!  An acquired taste for sure.
Awful. 
Wonderfull ! But I can't stand lesson to it once a day. Perhaps once a month. Sorry...

I recall that this was one of the first tracks I played on my quadrophonic open reel/8track deck in the early 70's.

Back then, everything was ricocheting around the room and jaw dropping for mere stereo freaks. The music was also fresh and unsullied, well before the Game of Thrones,


Luckily my internet connection was interrupted, as I had begun to write a rather lengthy disparaging comment about Santana (blasphemy, I know), so I shall have to be satisfied with saying: the drumming in this is just about OK.
Wow what a tune. Love that organ, a style not heard these days. Can't image how to make this any better.
Michael Shrieve, the drummer on this song, was one of the youngest performers at Woodstock.
What a helluva' way to break into the music scene!  What an amazing performance!
{#Drummer} 
Never gets old unlike me
Probably best heard when stoned I'm guessing.