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On March 25, 1997.

On March 25, 1997, “Miramar” label released “Abraxas Pool”, album ex-Santana members Mike Shrieve, Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, José “Chepito” Areas, Alphonso Johnson, and Mike Carabello. It was recorded in 1996, at “Gush Studios” in Oakland, California, and was produced by Mike Shrieve, Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, José “Chepito” Areas, Alphonso Johnson, and Mike Carabello.


  • Gregg Rolie- vocals and keyboards
  • Neal Schon- guitars
  • Alphonso Johnson- bass
  • Michael Shrieve- drums
  • Michael Carabello – congas
  • José Areas– timbales
  • Carlos E. Franco, Necia Dallas, Davona Bundy – vocals
  • Wole Alade, Ronald Marshall – drums
  • Scott Boorey, Michael Rosen – engineers
  • Robert Alan Craft – assistant engineer
  • Tom Size – mixing
  • Robb Davidson – editing
  • Mark Guenther – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Boom Ba Ya Ya – Michael Shrieve, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Michael Carabello
  2. A Million Miles Away – Michael Shrieve, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon
  3. Baila Mi Cha-Cha – José Areas
  4. Waiting for You – Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve
  5. Going Home – Gregg Rolie
  6. Szabo – Neal Schon, Michael Shrieve
  7. Guajirona – José Areas
  8. Cruzin’ – Gregg Rolie
  9. Don’t Give Up – Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Michael Shrieve
  10. Ya Llego – José Areas, Michael Carabello, Adrian Areas
  11. Jingo – Michael Olatunji



In November 1971.

In November 1971, “Kama Sutra” label released “Shake off the Demon”, the fourth Brewer & Shipley album. It was recorded in 1971, at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley.


  • Mike Brewer– vocals, guitars, piano, mouth harp, percussion
  • Tom Shipley– vocals, guitars, bass, banjo
  • Mark Naftalin– piano, organ, vibes
  • John Kahn– bass
  • John Cipollina– electric and slide electric guitars
  • Spencer Dryden, “Little John” Harteman III, Glen Walters– drums
  • Jose “Chepito” Areas– congas, bongos, timbales
  • David LaFlamme– electric violin

Track listing:

All tracks by Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley except where noted.

  1. Shake Off the Demon
  2. Merciful Love
  3. Message from the Mission (Hold On)
  4. One by One
  5. When Everybody Comes Home
  6. Working On the Well
  7. Rock Me On the Water – Jackson Browne
  8. Natural Child
  9. Back to the Farm
  10. Sweet Love


In September 1971.

In September 1971, “Columbia” label released the self-titled, third Santana studio album. It was recorded January – July 1971, at “Columbia Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, David Brown, Michael Shrieve, José “Chepito” Areas and Mike Carabello. It was the band last album by the Woodstock-era lineup.


  • Carlos Santana– guitar, vocals
  • Gregg Rolie– lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Neal Schon– guitar
  • David Brown– bass, engineer
  • Michael Shrieve– drums, percussion
  • José “Chepito” Areas– percussion, conga, timbales, drums
  • Mike Carabello– percussion, conga, tambourine, vocals
  • Rico Reyes – percussion, vocals, lead vocals
  • Thomas “Coke” Escovedo– percussion, vocals
  • Luis Gasca – trumpet
  • Mario Ochoa – piano solo
  • Tower of Power– horn section
  • Linda Tillery– background vocals
  • Greg Errico– tambourine
  • John Fiore – engineer

Track listing:

  1. Batuka – José Areas, David Brown, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve
  2. No One to Depend On – Michael Carabello, Coke Escovedo, Gregg Rolie
  3. Taboo – José Areas, Gregg Rolie
  4. Toussaint L’Overture – José Areas, David Brown, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve
  5. Everybody’s Everything – Milton Brown, Tyrone Moss, Carlos Santana
  6. Guajira – José Areas, David Brown, Rico Reyes
  7. Jungle Strut – Gene Ammons
  8. Everything’s Coming Our Way – Carlos Santana
  9. Para los Rumberos – Tito Puente





In September 1970.

In September 1970, “CBS” label released “Abraxas”, the second Santana studio album. It was recorded April – May 1970, at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Fred Catero and Carlos Santana. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 207 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The album was certified 3 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”; Platinum in France by “SNEP”, and 5 x Platinum in US by the “RIIA”.


  • Carlos Santana– lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Gregg Rolie– keyboards, lead vocals
  • David Brown– bass
  • Michael Shrieve– drums
  • José “Chepito” Areas– percussion, conga, timbales
  • Michael Carabello– percussion, conga
  • Rico Reyes – percussion, backing vocals
  • Alberto Gianquinto – piano
  • Steven Saphore – tabla
  • Robert Venosa– artwork, graphic design
  • John Fiore David Brown – audio engineer
  • Mati Klarwein– illustrations
  • Robert Honablue – mastering engineeroriginal recording

Track listing:

  1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts – Mike Carabello
  2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen – Peter Green/Gábor Szabó
  3. Oye Como Va – Tito Puente
  4. Incident at Neshabur – Alberto Gianquinto, Carlos Santana
  5. Se a Cabo – José Areas
  6. Mother’s Daughter – Gregg Rolie
  7. Samba Pa Ti – Carlos Santana
  8. Hope You’re Feeling Better – Gregg Rolie
  9. El Nycoya – José Areas


In August 1969.

In August 1969, “Columbia” label released the debut, self-titled Santana album. It was recorded in January and May 1969, at “Pacific Recording” in San Mateo, and was produced by Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Michael Shrieve, Michael Carabello, José “Chepito” Areas, Brent Dangerfield and David Rubinson. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 150 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”.


  • Carlos Santana– guitar, backing vocals
  • Gregg Rolie– lead vocals, Hammond organ, piano
  • David Brown– bass
  • Michael Shrieve– drums
  • Michael Carabello– congas, percussion
  • José “Chepito” Areas– timbales, congas, percussion
  • David Brown – engineer
  • Lee Conklin– album cover art

Track listing:

All tracks by Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Michael Shrieve, Michael Carabello and José “Chepito” Areas, except where noted.

  1. Waiting
  2. Evil Ways – Clarence “Sonny” Henry
  3. Shades of Time – Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie
  4. Savor
  5. Jingo – Babatunde Olatunji
  6. Persuasion
  7. Treat
  8. You Just Don’t Care
  9. Soul Sacrifice- Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Marcus Malone

In January 1977.


In January 1977, “Columbia” label released “Festival”, the eight Santana studio album. It was recorded in 1976, and was produced by David Rubinson & Friends, Inc.


  • Oren Waters– vocals, background vocals
  • Maxine Willard Waters – vocals, background vocals
  • Francisco Zavala – vocals, background vocals
  • Carlos Santana– guitar, bass, percussion, vocals, background vocals
  • Leon Patillo– keyboards, percussion, piano, vocals, background vocals
  • Tom Coster– keyboards, percussion, synthesizer, vocals
  • Pablo Téllez – bass, percussion, vocals, background vocals
  • Paul Jackson– bass
  • Gaylord Birch– drums, percussion, tympani
  • José “Chepitó” Areas– conga, percussion, timbales
  • Raul Rekow – conga, percussion, background vocals
  • Joel Badie – percussion, vocals, background vocals
  • Julia Waters – background vocals
  • Fred Catero– engineer
  • David Rubinson– engineer

Track listing:

  1. Carnaval – Tom Coster, Carlos Santana
  2. Let the Children Play – Leon Patillo, Carlos Santana
  3. Jugando – José Areas, Carlos Santana
  4. Give Me Love – Pablo Téllez
  5. Verão Vermelho – Nonato Buzar
  6. Let the Music Set You Free – Tom Coster, Leon Patillo, David Rubinson, Carlos Santana
  7. Revelations – Tom Coster, Carlos Santana
  8. Reach Up – Tom Coster, Leon Patillo, David Rubinson, Carlos Santana
  9. The River – Leon Patillo, Carlos Santana
  10. Try a Little Harder – Leon Patillo
  11. María Caracóles – Traditional

On November 9, 1973.

santana - Welcome

On November 9, 1973, “Columbia” label released “Welcome”, the fifth Santana studio album.  It was recorded from April to June 1973, and was produced by Tom Coster, Michael Shrieve and Carlos Santana.


  • Carlos Santana– electric and acoustic guitars , bass, kalimba, percussion , vocals
  • Tom Coster- organ, piano , marimba, percussion , strings arrangements
  • Richard Kermode – organ, mellotron, piano, marimba, shekere, percussion
  • Douglas Rauch– guitar
  • Michael Shrieve– drums
  • José “Chepito” Areas– percussion, congas, timbales
  • Armando Peraza– percussion, congas , bongos, cabasa
  • Leon Thomas– lead vocals, whistling
  • Wendy Haas– vocals
  • Flora Purim– lead vocals
  • John McLaughlin– guitar
  • Joe Farrell– flute
  • Bob Yance – flute
  • Mel Martin – flute
  • Douglas Rodriguez – rhythm guitar
  • Tony Smith– drums
  • Jules Broussard – soprano saxophone
  • Greg Adams – strings arrangements

Track listing

  1. Going Home – Spiritualadapted from Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”; arr. by Alice Coltrane, Santana Band
  2. Love, Devotion and Surrender – Carlos Santana, Richard Kermode
  3. Samba de Sausalito – Jose Areas
  4. When I Look Into Your Eyes – Michael Shrieve, Tom Coster
  5. Yours Is the Light – Richard Kermode
  6. Mother Africa – Herbie Mann
  7. Light of Life – Richard Kermode, Carlos Santana, Tom Coster
  8. Flame – Sky – John McLaughlin, Doug Rauch, Carlos Santana
  9. Welcome – John Coltrane