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Santana — Samba Pa Ti
Album: Abraxas
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8.3

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Released: 1970
Length: 4:30
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 h8rhater wrote:

All 3 are world renowned.  Pollock paintings have gone for 200 million; Nicolas Cage has an Oscar and a 4 decade career in films; and Carlos a 5 decade career as one of the greatest rock guitarists ever.

I'm going with your commenting here.  Knocking those that have achieved high acclaim in their fields is low level sniping in this one.
 
It is still a legitimate question. Acclaim and fame are nice-to-haves, but they are not guaranteed signs of any notable accomplishment (except the fame itself). They might be, but often they are not. We all could come up with lists of crappy art, music, movies, political decisions, etc. that gained acclaim, but where not great per se.

However, with Santana, I would not say that this holds true. He's a genius, and if he sounds not so remarkable, than I would say that this is precisely what his talent is. Making it sound so easy you think everyone can do this.
 2020sk wrote:
Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps?


 
All 3 are world renowned.  Pollock paintings have gone for 200 million; Nicolas Cage has an Oscar and a 4 decade career in films; and Carlos a 5 decade career as one of the greatest rock guitarists ever.

I'm going with your commenting here.  Knocking those that have achieved high acclaim in their fields is low level sniping in this one.
 capandjudy wrote:
This is a great album for a good set of headphones. I wonder who produced this? 
 
Fred Catero and Carlos Santana produced Abraxas.
Long Live                                                                                                                             Radio Paradise
Thank you Santana for  Samba Pa Ti                                                                       8 - Most Excellent
Never gets old.
Just effortless...so impressive
Bourbon-soaked evenings in a second-floor Robinson dormitory room at Erskine College, staring at this album cover and wondering why I couldn't play guitar like Carlos.
omg timeless
such guitar
wow
I wore this album out in 1971. In 1972 I started my first band & we covered a couple of the easier tunes, me on bass & lead vocals. Good times, golden memories....
As ever:

{#Notworthy}   
{#Heartkiss} 
{#Clap}  
{#Sunny}

12
such a great album
thank you bill for this song
;-{)
 Typesbad wrote:

Great Comment.  To this day when I hear a Santana song like this one, I think:  Is there any other guitarist who can always play the exact right note, with the exact right tone for the exact amount of time like Carlos Santana?  Maybe.  But no one comes to mind.

 
I saw Santana at the UK Birmingham NEC (good acoustics BTW) some four years ago and he blew me away - kept up a salsa beat for more than an hour and my heart was beating...

I remember Santana from my student days in the '70s and NEVER expected to be so impressed when I heard him live recently.

I DO know why he wears a hat ;-)
This is a great album for a good set of headphones. I wonder who produced this? 
 Dosequis wrote:


Jackson Pollock..OK. Never heard of Nick Cage.

 
Have you heard of Oscar?

Image result for nick cage with oscar
I still remember hearing this as a kid in 1975 or 1976.  Hard to believe that was over 40 years ago.  It's interesting how some music from that era, like Abba or KC & The Sunshine Band, sounds dated and we don't hear much of it anymore, but everything on this album endures and blends right into a music set.
Always extraordinary and exquisite. One of my favorite pieces of music.  
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I remember (just about) when I was a teenager in the late 1960's and early 70's when we talked about guitarists it was all about who could play the fastest - names like Alvin Lee, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Richie Blackmore etc. Then along came Carlos Santana who made an electric guitar a musical instrument.  We grew up after that,

 
Great Comment.  To this day when I hear a Santana song like this one, I think:  Is there any other guitarist who can always play the exact right note, with the exact right tone for the exact amount of time like Carlos Santana?  Maybe.  But no one comes to mind.
Great song! In my memorie Meddle from Pink Floyd ought to be played after this{#Smile}
It's so absolutely beautiful..... God forbid that I should press the PSD button by mistake. Definitely deserves a 10
 Sunman wrote:
Sublime. Transcendental. Takes me away every time I hear it.

 

Well said. One of my all time favorites.
I remember (just about) when I was a teenager in the late 1960's and early 70's when we talked about guitarists it was all about who could play the fastest - names like Alvin Lee, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Richie Blackmore etc. Then along came Carlos Santana who made an electric guitar a musical instrument.  We grew up after that,
Listening to this here at work on my {#Music} reminds of {#Sunny} smelling the {#Daisy} smoking the flowers{#Cowboy} and {#Motor} off to some wonderful paradise island. Hmmmmm, dream on!!!
Wow... two tracks this morning that I had to upgrade to 10!

Thanks for the wonderful tunes. 
Sublime. Transcendental. Takes me away every time I hear it.
 2020sk wrote:

Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps?



 
i think you have this confused with REM
Loved it long long ago...still rings true today.

                        Mambo Pa Ti
                          Evet Pa Ti.
                        Pati var-iations.

By the skin of my teeth, I walked away from Jumbo claws.


 zedstation wrote:

Powerful, mystical, essential, and w/o celestial boundary.



 

so nicely stated!
 2020sk wrote:

Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps?



 
go deeper ....  you will find it - though perhaps not in the case of Jackson Pollock.  Good luck  {#Propeller}
{#Notworthy} ENOUGH SAID!
Classic flowin' glowin' Santana groove 
nice! 
 2020sk wrote:

Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps? 


Well, at least you didn't bring up the Illuminati or GMOs.

Powerful, mystical, essential, and w/o celestial boundary.


 2020sk wrote:

Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps?



 

Jackson Pollock..OK. Never heard of Nick Cage.
Today, 70 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I remember the first time when I listened to this music, almost 40 years ago...And I dance, with the same hopes, of peace, still...
 2020sk wrote:

Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps?



 
Never thought I could find these three in the same sentence! Thanks for that :)

 2020sk wrote:

Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps?



  I believe Nic and Carlos rank as Giants in their fields of endeavor
Creepy face swaps6
 2020sk wrote:

Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps?



 
I can agree on the Nick Cage point, otherwise...

Am I the only person who feels conned by Santana's guitar-playing, in the same way as Jackson Pollock's painting or Nicolas Cage's acting?

Or my commenting, perhaps?


 thewiseking wrote:
the man is a hack. when a hack, however, is close friends with Clive Davis, that hack will make a very comfortable living.
 
That sound you're hearing is great guitarists around the world having a good laugh at the ignorance of your comment.
If only Carlos had had you around to show him how to play the guitar he might have gotten somewhere.
Bliss..........
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Bananajam}.... "OUTSTANDING"
 
Most of the positives are at the bottom of the first page. The haters seem to congregate at the top of it. For me, this is tune is an epiphany. As for being friends with Clive Davis…try Bill Graham, too. And Clapton. And Beck. Herbie Hancock. Ron Carter. John McLaughlin. You knee jerk cynics really ought to look at the output of the 70s into the 80s. 
One riff? A hack?  Really?  Any of these critics bother to listen to the volume of his work through the 70s, including some incredible stuff with John Mclaughlin?

But OK, yes, he has more or less rested on his laurels the 25-30 years.  But don't discount his entire career on the three songs you might be familiar with. 
Love that 70's art.
{#Bananajam}.... "OUTSTANDING"
 coloradojohn wrote:
THIS is one of those songs...can bring a reverential hush to any gathering...which is cool, because when the guitar really starts to sing and the melody takes off, it shifts the whole thing into another gear, whether it's Red Rocks or a candle-lit bedroom...ROCK ON!

 
Yes! Sublime. {#Good-vibes}
you are indeed wise, king
 
thewiseking wrote:
the man is a hack. when a hack, however, is close friends with Clive Davis, that hack will make a very comfortable living.

no he's neither great nor innovative. he has one riff. all his stuff sounds the same to me. really not sure why he's regarded as a legend. must've been the quaaludes.  

astapen wrote:
I'm really tired of hearing Santana. I know he's great, an innovator, etc.  But just so old.

 thewiseking wrote:
the man is a hack. when a hack, however, is close friends with Clive Davis, that hack will make a very comfortable living.

 
Just scanned your list of songs rated 10. Your taste reveals that calling Santana a hack is unfortunately just a nasty way of saying "me no likey" .  No reason to slag Carlos. 
I'm really tired of hearing Santana. I know he's great, an innovator, etc.  But just so old.
 tonesearch wrote:
Bad tone, mediocre playing.  I don't get this one.

 
I have tried...for a very long time. Truly I have. But my conclusion is that I just don't get the appeal. From old stuff to newer, to my ear it's the same mediocre noodling...same key...tone. Was he that ground-breaking? Really? I guess I could keep trying, but I think for me the journey has ended.
 thewiseking wrote:
the man is a hack. when a hack, however, is close friends with Clive Davis, that hack will make a very comfortable living.

 
I totally get that you might not like Santana but "hack"? That's a little harsh. 
This is one of those songs I could listen to three or four times in succession.
the man is a hack. when a hack, however, is close friends with Clive Davis, that hack will make a very comfortable living.
 zenhead wrote:
i've always thought this was a gorgeous melody, and a wonderful arrangement. one of my favorite santana tunes.

 
Ditto - always makes me stop, pause, listen and be taken to other places
Bad tone, mediocre playing.  I don't get this one.
 bokey wrote:
  In high school they'd play this as the intro to the morning PA announcements.

 
That would never have happened at my school. The guy who effectively ran the school was a pasty white control-freak martinet. Someone spray-painted "Welcome to San Quentin" on an outside wall years before my freshman year. It didn't do much for morale, especially when it stayed up for most of my sentence there. 
hey carlos get busy again, please..................another cruzer.{#Bananajam}
Perfect!
HEAVEN! 
This is music that changed my outlook and my life halfway through the first hearing. It was the very definition of exquisite timing. I had never heard anything like it. Spoke to me in vast volumes. 
I believe he was only 23 years old when he cut this.  
long time no hear.... oh what a great song!!!
Great memory.  Dropped a hit of acid and rode the tune through.  Fitting that the name of the next tune on the album is "Hope Your Feeling Better".  I sure was......
I remember back in the day when I saw Carlos and the boys play at Winterland to a full house.
Nothing quite does it like his guitar excellence.
Still a favorite - timeless. 
Makes my San Tana stand at attention{#Dancingbanana_2}
  In high school they'd play this as the intro to the morning PA announcements.

If you can't escape the reality listen this and you will fly .. at least for a bit :)


 WonderLizard wrote:
It is fairly well known (and documented) that Carlos idolized Gabor Szabo, and that "Samba Pa Ti" is an homage to him. It's always struck me as remarkable that a Hungarian guitarist would have so much influence on Brazilian pop, especially the bossa nova of the early '60s. Fittingly, Carlos dedicates a samba to him. BTW, Szabo's work with Chico Hamilton is killer stuff.
 
thanks for this. i didn't know.
It is fairly well known (and documented) that Carlos idolized Gabor Szabo, and that "Samba Pa Ti" is an homage to him. It's always struck me as remarkable that a Hungarian guitarist would have so much influence on Brazilian pop, especially the bossa nova of the early '60s. Fittingly, Carlos dedicates a samba to him. BTW, Szabo's work with Chico Hamilton is killer stuff.
Awesome.
i've always thought this was a gorgeous melody, and a wonderful arrangement. one of my favorite santana tunes.
Great song! It always takes me back to when I was still a child in the '70s. Sweet memories.
THIS is one of those songs...can bring a reverential hush to any gathering...which is cool, because when the guitar really starts to sing and the melody takes off, it shifts the whole thing into another gear, whether it's Red Rocks or a candle-lit bedroom...ROCK ON!
I always thought it was "Samba Par-Tee" ...
 sunward wrote:
Sublime!
 


I remember a time when a friend and I were at a restaurant in Toronto. There was a jukebox and I played this song. When I returned to the table, our relationship went to a whole other level. I always think of that when I hear this beautiful piece.
Can never get enough of Santana.  Love to hear some deep cuts off Borboletta.
Sublime!
Superb tunes never grow old!
Instant goosebumps!
 number54dsg wrote:

 

I sense a warm breeze blowing somewhere else

 Xstar wrote:
Blues for Salvador{#Umbrella}
 


Blues for Salvador{#Umbrella}

In the 'Time Capsule' ... 4-evah! {#Cheers}

 

 



Santana - "Samba pa ti" Live

"Wow"

"Art Is Resistance"


Semper fi

Very nice!!

Santana - "Samba Pa Ti" Live in Zagreb (1998)

"He never plays this song the same way twice! I think it must be his ambition never to repeat the style of the original recording. Cant wait to see him in october, yes."


 RedGuitar wrote:

Just curious, what's the first one?

 
Incident at Neshabur - that song just instantly transports me right back to my teens (for a few minutes anyways)

 DaveInVA wrote:
My second favorite Santana song....
 
Just curious, what's the first one?

BLISS
 westslope wrote:
It is a great song, a classic. But much of Santana makes me think of stoned listeners on the slow dial lookin' for some easy listening.
 
Hey, if this is the 'easy listening' they're happy with, more power to 'em.

On my beach with a drink again... :D
edit: HAHAHA! RP must have heard me with Marley up next!
My second favorite Santana song....
our first dance, fond memories.
This just might be my favorite song in the whole world! I love every single note.
It's Mars Bar time. Explanation: this number would regularly be played at the end of discos in the 'slow smooch' section, together with other clichéd efforts such as 10cc's I'm Not In Love. Cue horde of horny pissed guys descending on the dance floor from their lurking positions at the bar searching, usually in vain, for some poor victim to smooch/snog/grope. Girls came to know this as 'mars bar time', as that's what it felt like was in the guy's pocket as he copped his free clinch. Needless to say, the guys who really managed to get to grips with the girls were those who'd been dancing with them all night, rather than lurking in the dark like dirty old men.

This number takes me right back to those days, and as a result doesn't have good associations as I was, sadly, one of the mars bar guys... :(

 Ljenny wrote:

 

I agree {#Hand}
 MrDill wrote:
 Confession Time{#Redface}
I had to hide the original album cover under my bed in case mother saw it, strict Irish Catholic, she'd have gone daft if she'd seen it, bless her
 
Oh, yeah, the Abraxis cover with the strategically-placed dove. I had to hide mine, too!

Right on!
Ha ha! Thought my phone was ringing. Samba Pa Ti is my ringtone {#Roflol}. Sorry if I already mentioned that.

Ahhhhh.....good.....that Santana "One Trick Pony" guy again!

(But WHAT a pony it is!        WAIT! Is that a pygmy pony?)

(And it seems to me that that Monet guy only ever painted lily pads..........)


Sweet Bliss. 10
hmmm ... this music probably will forever remind me
of those films in TV late night I watched as a Teenager
when my parents were not around.
This...is GOOD!{#Bananajam}
 apd wrote:
Was anyone else at the show at Slane Castle in the 80's? Hot summer day, UB40, Dylan...

 
Yep indeed

 Confession Time{#Redface}
I had to hide the original album cover under my bed in case mother saw it, strict Irish Catholic, she'd have gone daft if she'd seen it, bless her
 rhbphoto wrote:
Takes me back to Lahaina, HI....1984...enjoying a beer in a surf side bar watching whales with this on in the background.

 

Been there.  Done that. 

{#Clap}


I'll I can see is an old man with leather underpants gettin jiggy to this in front of the mirror - its not a good vision for a Sunday
Takes me back to Lahaina, HI....1984...enjoying a beer in a surf side bar watching whales with this on in the background.
Mix in a little Petty, perhaps Clapton jump on I-5 with the top down, and ride baby ride. . . . :motor:
Was anyone else at the show at Slane Castle in the 80's? Hot summer day, UB40, Dylan...
:yawn:
It is a great song, a classic. But much of Santana makes me think of stoned listeners on the slow dial lookin' for some easy listening. :cowboy:
This reminds me of my first date with my wife. It was 1975 and I took her to see Santana at Aker Gym at Chico State. We've been married 25+ years. She wore a leather mini skirt. WOW!
so so amazingly beautiful
So so boring
lophrequa wrote:
this reminds me of every other Santana riff i've ever heard
Yes, he did one thing again and again. You must call it a style.
this reminds me of every other Santana riff i've ever heard kickstartmyheart wrote:
This reminds me of roller skating in Mexico, circa 1982.
I've never like Santana. Most of his guitar work sounds like it should be the soundtrack for a skinemax movie.
oscar_driver wrote:
This reminds me my young father in 81 ... oh man .. such memories .. Oscar
This reminds me of roller skating in Mexico, circa 1982.
This reminds me my young father in 81 ... oh man .. such memories .. Oscar