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Santana — Oye Como Va
Album: Abraxas
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:14
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Oye como va mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar mulata
Oye como va mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar mulata

Oye como va mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar mulata
Oye como va mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar mulata

Huu!
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When I was 16, I arranged a version of this for my drumline to play as we led the marching band from out of earshot down and into the football stadium. It was 1976 and the student body went crazy over this. The faint bassline heard in the distance growing through the verse and the crescendo of the chorus, climaxing and starting over. I am told that cadence lasted 5 more years after I graduated. 
 joejennings wrote:



Why don't YOU leave instead!


Right? LEAVE RP?!...one of the best guitar players in the world and one of the most prolific bands ever.( In concert, Carlos is even better.)  Might as well tell  R.P to leave out the Stones or Prince. Ridiculous notion. 
 Wisconsinrob wrote:

nice organ.



That's what she said....
 tiggers wrote:

Why can't Santana just leave RP?




Why don't YOU leave instead!
Oct. 15, 1971...Santana at the Felt Forum in NYC, my second major rock concert following Poco at the Asbury Park Convention Hall that summer. An hour delay in the start of the early show ( the days of two shows a night)  due to the performers plane being late or so it was said. Malo opened though it had been posted that Booker T. and Priscilla would be the openers that night. Perhaps it was Booker T's plane that was delayed. Guys seated directly behind us were smoking something that smelled like burning onions. Won't ever forget that show. 
nice organ.
 lizardking wrote:

Oh boy - another 'rpdevotee' comment indicating your level of devotion to RP is less than 100%. Scan the comments, for instance CoJo's, and you'll see that EVEN these overplayed tunes are welcomed by many, even on RP, a lot of the time.  Sure some folks want to whine about it, and that's OK too. Where I get a bit jittery is when I read the (very polite) order to stop playing something.  Unless you are on the Board of Directors....?

For me, outside of how much I like this song (I've rated it a 10 b/c of the time in my life when I first HEARD Abraxas (i.e. 25 years after it was released) I really enjoy how BillG mixes the tunes, allowing a bit of enjoyment for almost everyone who would tune in, while opening our collective ears to music we're not familiar with; in a word:  Brilliance!!  Long Live RP!!



Exactly
what i love about this song is that it is Bueno pa' gozar!  Muy bueno!
 chugachskier wrote:
This played frequently at my house when I was 6-7 by my Mom and all her friends, 1970-72 


Cool Mom.  She may have been one of my girlfriends ... ?
This played frequently at my house when I was 6-7 by my Mom and all her friends, 1970-72 
 timmus wrote:

I just looked up "Oye como va mi ritmo" after all these years, and it translates to "Hey how's my rhythm going".  Somehow I can't picture that line in an English song.




Actually, I just found out it is a slang pick-up line to say to women!!   
 timmus wrote:

I just looked up "Oye como va mi ritmo" after all these years, and it translates to "Hey how's my rhythm going".  Somehow I can't picture that line in an English song.




Thank You for the info!  I always  wondered about the English translation,  GREAT TUNE!!  Thanx RP!   
I just looked up "Oye como va mi ritmo" after all these years, and it translates to "Hey how's my rhythm going".  Somehow I can't picture that line in an English song.
I'm in my 50's and I've probably heard this song easily 300 times.
Just now it sounded new to me, and I'm bumping to it in my kitchen.
Maybe it's senility.
Either way, thanks RP!
 exjunkie wrote:

The best part about RP is there are so many songs from so many genres that when i hear a classic like this i can enjoy it since i haven’t heard it in so long. And lest u think I’m new to Santana, i saw them in the late 70s. BTW Al Di Meola opened. U want guitar work, check him out.




I AGREE!  I have been listening to Al DiMeola since the 70s!!
The best part about RP is there are so many songs from so many genres that when i hear a classic like this i can enjoy it since i haven’t heard it in so long. And lest u think I’m new to Santana, i saw them in the late 70s. BTW Al Di Meola opened. U want guitar work, check him out.
 xc.farmer.antoine486 wrote:

I grew up on Tito Puente, mi ritmo 🥁 This, however, serves it up quite nicely…!



Mikey Shrieve knew exactly what to play - and when - and does it to perfection.
 Ok_Sobriquet wrote:

You didn't hear this song until you were in your twenties?!? The 1980s?!?!?

How do you say, "Late to the party," in Spanish?

Nah, it didn't turn into drech until the 10,302nd play which was about 1982 if memory serves me correctly.  The first 10,000 plays were okay...

So, not late to the party, just have gained the wisdom to leave with the pretty girl when she smiles at me, and not wait for my drunken idiot friends to deem themselves suitably wasted...
not bad for a hippy
I grew up on Tito Puente, mi ritmo 🥁 This, however, serves it up quite nicely…!
 sfoster66 wrote:

By the time you're 50 something and have heard it played ad nauseum for 30 plus years you will come to regret this public display of naivete...

55 years old here, *still* think its brilliant.
I might be naive, but I knows what I likes.....
When I read people slagging off a genius tune then I have to give it a 10.
 sfoster66 wrote:

By the time you're 50 something and have heard it played ad nauseum for 30 plus years you will come to regret this public display of naivete...
 
You didn't hear this song until you were in your twenties?!? The 1980s?!?!?

How do you say, "Late to the party," in Spanish?
Ide konobar... Milinko, evo iza nas.
 sfoster66 wrote:

By the time you're 50 something and have heard it played ad nauseum for 30 plus years you will come to regret this public display of naivete...
I must be bulimic  - 60+ and still loving it!
 dflee wrote:
I'm 15 again and loving it.
 
By the time you're 50 something and have heard it played ad nauseum for 30 plus years you will come to regret this public display of naivete...
I just can't...
 ick wrote:
I'll be honest, I would rather hear the Deadmau5 that was just played previously again than this.  PSDing now.

(Landed on Alpha Yaya Diallo.  Yay!)
 
I find your aesthetic sensibilities  confusing.
I'm 15 again and loving it.
 ick wrote:
I'll be honest, I would rather hear the Deadmau5 that was just played previously again than this.  PSDing now.

(Landed on Alpha Yaya Diallo.  Yay!)
 

Interesting ... just heard the same combinaton
deadmaus then this ... time to shuffle the deck,
Bill
Still sounds sweet as the first time in 1970 ish..  

                                     
Oh.. sweet memories..
I'll be honest, I would rather hear the Deadmau5 that was just played previously again than this.  PSDing now.

(Landed on Alpha Yaya Diallo.  Yay!)
still enjoying this, but need to hear John Prine today - praying
 kcar wrote:


Tito's version of Oye Como Va: 

Tito Puente: "Oye Como Va"


Also great: Tito Puente: "Ran Kan Kan"
 
How about Venezuelan-native Oscar De Leon's version? That's pretty good too.
Carlos Kind Enlightned
Hot Hot Hot
kcar wrote:


Tito's version of Oye Como Va: 

Tito Puente: "Oye Como Va"


Also great: Tito Puente: "Ran Kan Kan" 







 

Laurel and Hardy - Oye Como Va
 maboleth wrote:
Eno kumova... Milinko!
 

Opa bato :)  
Still don't get tired of hearing this. Good tunes keep coming from RP!!
lässig
Bought it when it was new.  Played it a lot. Still like!
 coloradojohn wrote:
OH YEAH; never get tired of this one. The great Tito Puente! He jammed with Carlos at least one of the times I saw him... SIZZLING...
 

Tito's version of Oye Como Va: 

Tito Puente: "Oye Como Va"


Also great: Tito Puente: "Ran Kan Kan"
oy vey cumquats {#Bananapiano}
Now that I have a standing desk, I can salsa while I listen to this at work!
 rpdevotee wrote:
Even the best songs have their limits...
This song was overplayed in the 80's.  Now, 3 decades later there is no excuse to play this song any longer—especially considering Santana had so many great *underplayed* songs and also because RP should focus more on "alternative", not main stream, which this song is. 
Please stop.

 
Oh boy - another 'rpdevotee' comment indicating your level of devotion to RP is less than 100%. Scan the comments, for instance CoJo's, and you'll see that EVEN these overplayed tunes are welcomed by many, even on RP, a lot of the time.  Sure some folks want to whine about it, and that's OK too. Where I get a bit jittery is when I read the (very polite) order to stop playing something.  Unless you are on the Board of Directors....?

For me, outside of how much I like this song (I've rated it a 10 b/c of the time in my life when I first HEARD Abraxas (i.e. 25 years after it was released) I really enjoy how BillG mixes the tunes, allowing a bit of enjoyment for almost everyone who would tune in, while opening our collective ears to music we're not familiar with; in a word:  Brilliance!!  Long Live RP!!

Even the best songs have their limits...
This song was overplayed in the 80's.  Now, 3 decades later there is no excuse to play this song any longer--especially considering Santana had so many great *underplayed* songs and also because RP should focus more on "alternative", not main stream, which this song is. 
Please stop.
Eno kumova... Milinko!
 Skydog wrote:

notes from the soundtrack of that film, but I don't remember hearing it
.
.

Oye Como Va
Written by Tito Puente
Performed by Santana
Published by Full Keel Music Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUxFTSJwgKs
 oldsaxon wrote:

I missed the release of karljonasson's greatest hits, sorry.

 
Puro Gringo,ese!  this karljonasson dude just doesnt have it in his blood
 Oye Como Va! {#Bananajam}
Still nice to hear after all these years. Makes me turn it up a little...:-)
My favorite album cover
OH YEAH; never get tired of this one. The great Tito Puente! He jammed with Carlos at least one of the times I saw him... SIZZLING...
 AndreW1979 wrote:
I keep associating this tune with the Big Lebowski..

 
notes from the soundtrack of that film, but I don't remember hearing it
.
.

Oye Como Va
Written by Tito Puente
Performed by Santana
Published by Full Keel Music Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Outside it's powder snow, gray sky, wicked cold... But I got a bellyful of posole, a bowl of home-grown Golden Goat, & this on RP; dig!
33 1 votes lol wow {#Stupid}  SUCKO BARFO  {#Wall}
 AndreW1979 wrote:
I keep associating this tune with the Big Lebowski..

  
Dosequis wrote:

Is that a cartoon?

 
Kick Buttowski, I think.  You watch Disney?
 AndreW1979 wrote:
I keep associating this tune with the Big Lebowski..

  
Dosequis wrote:

Is that a cartoon?

 
Sacrilege
 karljonasson wrote:
Great… more of Carlos' endless noodling with that nasty, thin guitar tone over the same boring Latin beat

 
Half the fun of coming to RP is to read the idiotic shit that some people have to say {#Roflol}
 AndreW1979 wrote:
I keep associating this tune with the Big Lebowski..

 
Is that a cartoon?
 karljonasson wrote:
Great… more of Carlos' endless noodling with that nasty, thin guitar tone over the same boring Latin beat for way too long without anything interesting happening. Never got the appeal.

 
I missed the release of karljonasson's greatest hits, sorry.


I keep associating this tune with the Big Lebowski..
{#Bananajam}
{#Heartkiss} .... love it so for me this gets 9
 hagz21 wrote:
Pachanga loves this song!



 
So does Dirk Diggler!
 karljonasson wrote:
Great… more of Carlos' endless noodling with that nasty, thin guitar tone over the same boring Latin beat for way too long without anything interesting happening. Never got the appeal.

 
Yeah i guess you don't like Radiohead either.
carlos may have  " borrowed" from Olatunge, but he did a great job of it......{#Bananajam}
A solid 8 + 1 bonus point for the wickedgood album art.

Yahtzee. 
 karljonasson wrote:
Great… more of Carlos' endless noodling with that nasty, thin guitar tone over the same boring Latin beat for way too long without anything interesting happening. Never got the appeal.
 
Well, there's always Chilliwack/April Wine/Triumph/Pat Travers/Trooper/Saga/Bachman-Turner Overdrive. {#Guitarist}

No noodling or repetition in that crowd, eh? {#Redface}
Great… more of Carlos' endless noodling with that nasty, thin guitar tone over the same boring Latin beat for way too long without anything interesting happening. Never got the appeal.
This entire album was incredible.  Truly a classic that hasn't aged at all as Hispanic culture is more relevant than ever.
primal rhythm song forever and yes
i hear it 
Saw Tito Puente's son's band at a concert and Tito the younger thanked Carlos Santana for enabling him to attend college thanks to the royalties on this timeless gem.
Oye como va is thankfully a standard (never played too much, imho), but I need to comment on the splendid visuals RP provides: that Abraxas cover is trippy cool/weird 70's and the water color or marker portrait of Santana is right on funny, thank you!

wait, ohmygod, Spirit follows! Mmmmmmm 
Pachanga loves this song!


Covered this tune in my first rock & roll band in 1972.  I played bass and sang lead, phonetically, as I didn't know a word of Spanish.  I have no idea if I was even close.

This one still rocks the house!
Do you see what happens Larry?
die guten alten  stücke,  yeah  {#Dancingbanana}
 kingart wrote:
Yeah, great, but I've heard it about 6,327 times in my life.  Tito Puente never had it better. 
 


I love the song, but you're right I hear it sooooo much!!!
¡Bueno para gosar!
Yeah, great, but I've heard it about 6,327 times in my life.  Tito Puente never had it better. 

back in the day I didn't like santana or led zepplin or any of those guys. Thank you, Bill!
 BalesBub wrote:
Any chance you could never play Santana ever again?
 
+1

The stereo percussion is just, well just groovy!  {#Bananasplit}
I used to live in Albuquerque, and this song got played around 8 times a day. You could literally change stations to get away from it only to hear it on another station at the same exact time. I abstain from voting because, through no fault of Bill's, overplay has ruined it for me. That doesn't happen that often to me.

Also, there was a mayor of Albuquerque a while back named Jim Baca. Guess I know what he's doing in his retirement....

 jimbaca wrote:

Maybe it's a regional thing, but Carlos is truly one of the best guitarists ever.  (Orianthi, please take the torch!)


Any chance you could never play Santana ever again?
 TimeWaster wrote:
I can't believe I used to like this shit.
 
{#Roflol} Now that was funny!

I don't care if it's been played a million times. It's a GREAT song! Woooo!
I can't believe I used to like this shit.
I liked this album when I was in high school in the latter half of the 70's. One year I arranged this tune as a drum cadence for the drumline to play as we led the band into the stadium before the football game. The whole thing took on a cool hip vibe. I found out recently that the drumline continued to play it for several years after I left and the entire student body just ate it up!

Cool music transcends!

 golden_chicken wrote:
Anyone see "A Serious Man" ?
I'll never hear this song again without thinking of that movie by the Coen brothers. Hilarious!

 
It's not that this is a BAD song but it's one of those FM songs I feel like I've heard way too many times.
What saves it for me is the usage in the Coen's movies (it was in Big Lebowski too).

"I didn't ask for Santana Abraxas, I didn't listen to Santana Abraxas, I didn't do anything!"
My fave Santana track - still sounds good after all these years!
bluh

Santana by ~oazen2008
©2008-2010 ~oazen2008

Santana


Come on Sanata... Tune it!
Still sounding so cool.
I guess there is no accounting for taste.  The Specials' "Message to You Rudy" before this was "good for my ears" , this just annoys me and I don't think I could give an adequate explanation why.
This is a classic ... for the time capsule ... yeah! ("bueno pa' gozá, mulata!") {#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Sunny}
 Stingray wrote:
...only Jimmy can compete!
 

Jimmy = Jimi?



Gracias señor BillG {#Dance}

¡¡¡Viva Santana y México!!!
RP too! :-D
...only Jimmy can compete!

Carlos Santana - "Oye Como Va" Live:   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpPb2cVswlI

 AdyMiles wrote:
this song is one of the reasons i left RP
 
Yeah, right. The troll who called "wolf".
Anyone see "A Serious Man" ?
I'll never hear this song again without thinking of that movie by the Coen brothers. Hilarious!

Personal taste...this one does nothing for me...however, one of the funniest comment threads I have read on RP...for that reason, Carlos can stay...now I have to clean up the coffee from my desk that I spilled from laughing so hard.  Thanks RP listeners...even if I disagree with you sometimes, you people are a fun bunch.
Love this lp.  Now, where is that image of Will Ferrel playing the cow bell?  It would match the beat perfectly. 
Nausea
Why can't Santana just leave RP?

Maybe it's a regional thing, but Carlos is truly one of the best guitarists ever.  (Orianthi, please take the torch!)


 AdyMiles wrote:
this song is one of the reasons i left RP
 

So, why'd you bother coming back? Next time, stay gone.

Bought the vinyl just for the cover recently, disc was totally played out. Still fine for a summers evening wine chill out. Blowing a hooley and cold here right now , roll on june!
AdyMiles is trite boring shite, please, please, please, leave RP, and DO NOT return.  THANK YOU!!
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Meanwhile the streets of our fair city are filled with protesters. We go now to our roving reporter Earl Canonbear to find out what's going on."Earl, what's happening out there?" "Well Stu, there are thousands of people in the streets, and these numbers are being replicated in other cities across the land, so there could be millions of people out marching today." "This protest has nothing to do with the war or health care reform, is that correct Earl?" "That's true, surprisingly, these people are protesting the Santana song 'Oye Como Va.'" "I see many signs that say 'No Mas', I also see many signs with pictures of a line crossing out the band's name." "I talked to protest organizer Ady Miles to find out why the uproar." "Well Earl, this song is just so predictable and boring, it has to be silenced before it encroaches on the eardrums of innocent victims everywhere." "But Mr. Miles aren't you promoting censorship?" "No....Huh?" "Mr. Miles, haven't you heard of the mute button or the off button?" What's your point?" "Well, what about all the people who enjoy this song?" "Your questions have become predictable and annoying, this interview is over." "Well, there you have it Stu, ...back to you"
 
News update!

Ady Miles comes back to complain about Santana saying; "this song is one of the reasons i left RP".  But he came back to complain after he left RP. . . thus negating his leaving. Ady then fell into a weird comment feedback loop and (hopefully) self combusted. 

 

this song is one of the reasons i left RP
{#Skull}
 AdyMiles wrote:
I DENY IT'S A GREAT SONG AND SO DO MILLIONS OF OTHERS
 
Meanwhile the streets of our fair city are filled with protesters. We go now to our roving reporter Earl Canonbear to find out what's going on."Earl, what's happening out there?" "Well Stu, there are thousands of people in the streets, and these numbers are being replicated in other cities across the land, so there could be millions of people out marching today." "This protest has nothing to do with the war or health care reform, is that correct Earl?" "That's true, surprisingly, these people are protesting the Santana song 'Oye Como Va.'" "I see many signs that say 'No Mas', I also see many signs with pictures of a line crossing out the band's name." "I talked to protest organizer Ady Miles to find out why the uproar." "Well Earl, this song is just so predictable and boring, it has to be silenced before it encroaches on the eardrums of innocent victims everywhere." "But Mr. Miles aren't you promoting censorship?" "No....Huh?" "Mr. Miles, haven't you heard of the mute button or the off button?" What's your point?" "Well, what about all the people who enjoy this song?" "Your questions have become predictable and annoying, this interview is over." "Well, there you have it Stu, ...back to you"

Bad enough to cause a bowel movement
 sporkster wrote:
Not denying it's a great song, but the sheer overplayed-ness of it is starting to wear on me.  I feel like I hear this song everywhere I go!
 
I DENY IT'S A GREAT SONG AND SO DO MILLIONS OF OTHERS

I've no idea how anyone could give it a 8, 9 or 10