Singing Winds, Crying Beasts

Songfacts®:

  • This instrumental opens up Side 1 of Abraxas, and it segues into "Black Magic Woman" in the album. This version of "Black Magic Woman" is found in the 1998 Best of Santana compilation.
  • Drummer Mike Shrieve gets sole credit for this song, which is ironic considering there are very few drums in the song. The percussion is provided by the congas and timbales, played by Mike Carabello and Chepito Areas. >>
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    Jim - Oxnard, CA, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Barry from New York, NcThe opening cut on the album heralds Santana's move away from the psychedelic sounds featured on the first album. This song features various percussion and wind chimes as well as some tasty electric piano.
  • Miles from Vancouver, CanadaWhoa whoa whoa! Mike Carabello is actually credited as composer, which would explain why it's percussion laden.
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