Santana - S/T Self-Titled (Lion-Head) 12" Vinyl LP Album

- German release with colour photos on album back cover

Santana's debut album, a cornerstone of Latin rock, is presented here in a unique German 12" vinyl LP edition. The iconic "Lion-Head" cover art embodies the band's fusion of rock, blues, and Latin rhythms, while the back cover surprises with vibrant color photos, a departure from the original US release. This collectible piece offers a glimpse into the early days of Santana's revolutionary sound.

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Santana's Self-Titled Debut: A Fusion of Sound and Culture in a German Release
Album Description

Released in 1969, Santana's self-titled debut album marked a pivotal moment in music history. The German release of this LP, unique for its color photos on the back cover, further cemented the band's cultural impact.

The late 1960s was a time of social upheaval and musical experimentation. Santana emerged from San Francisco's diverse music scene, where Latin rhythms blended with blues, rock, and jazz. Led by guitarist Carlos Santana, the band's sound was a bold departure from the norm. Their fusion of genres was both controversial and captivating, drawing criticism from purists while attracting a wide audience eager for fresh sounds.

The album was recorded at the legendary Pacific Recording Studios in San Mateo, California. The studio's relaxed atmosphere and innovative equipment allowed Santana to experiment and capture their raw energy. Carlos Santana's distinctive guitar playing, characterized by soaring melodies and blues-infused licks, became a hallmark of the band's sound.

The self-titled debut features iconic tracks like "Evil Ways" and "Soul Sacrifice," which became anthems of the era. The album's success propelled Santana to international fame, culminating in their legendary performance at Woodstock.

Collector's info:  This issue of Santana's self-titled debut album has color photos of Santana's on the back (other issues of this record have black/white photos)  

Music Genre:

1970s Latin Rock  

Production information:

The album: "Santana Lionhead" was produced by: Brent Dangerfield and Santana.

Photography Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall (1936-2010) was an American photographer known for his iconic images that captured the essence of the music and cultural scene of the 1960s and 1970s. His work became synonymous with rock 'n' roll, and he is regarded as one of the greatest music photographers of all time.


Born on 3 February 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, James Joseph Marshall developed an early passion for photography. He received his first camera, a Kodak Brownie, at the age of nine and began experimenting with capturing the world around him. As a teenager, Marshall worked as an assistant to a local portrait photographer, honing his skills and developing his own unique style.

In the early 1960s, Marshall moved to San Francisco, where he became immersed in the burgeoning counterculture and music scene. He began photographing jazz musicians, but it was his love for rock 'n' roll that would define his career. Marshall's ability to blend seamlessly into the music scene allowed him to capture intimate and candid moments of some of the greatest musicians of all time.

One of Marshall's most famous photographs is the image of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. This image encapsulated the rebellious spirit of the era and became an enduring symbol of the power and energy of rock music. Marshall's other notable subjects included Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Miles Davis, among many others.

Marshall's photographs went beyond the stage and studio; he captured the essence of the artists themselves, documenting their lives on the road and offstage. His images showcased the raw emotions, vulnerability, and humanity of these legendary figures, making them relatable to audiences around the world.

Throughout his career, Marshall was known for his relentless work ethic and dedication to his craft. He was often described as a maverick, unafraid to push boundaries and capture the truth of the moment. His photographs reflected the cultural and political climate of the time, and his ability to connect with his subjects on a personal level allowed him to capture moments of rare authenticity.

Despite his success, Marshall remained humble and often preferred the company of musicians over the glitz and glamour of the industry. He valued his relationships with the artists he photographed, and many of them considered him a friend as well as a trusted documentarian.

In addition to his music photography, Marshall also ventured into other genres, including street photography and portraiture. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums worldwide and has been featured on album covers, book covers, and in publications such as Rolling Stone, Life, and Vanity Fair.

Jim Marshall passed away on 24 March 2010, leaving behind a rich legacy of images that continue to inspire and resonate with music lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. His photographs capture a transformative period in history and remain a testament to the power of visual storytelling. Today, his work continues to be celebrated and recognized as an indelible part of the cultural fabric of the 20th century.

Record Label Information:

CBS 63 815 (63815) / 679 988 / XSM 139 377  , Solid Orange Colour with Walking Eye around Center Hole

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Full-Length Stereo LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 210 gram 

Year & Country:

1969 Made in Germany 
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CBS 63 815 (63815) / 679 988 / XSM 139 377 	,	Solid	Orange Colour with Walking Eye around Center Hole
Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.
Band Members and Musicians on: Santana S/T Self-Titled Debut
    Santana Band/Musicians
  • Carlos Santana
  • Mike Carrabello
  • Dave Brown
  • Jose Chepito Areas
  • Mikes Shrieve
  • Gregg Roile
Track Listing of: "Santana Lionhead"

The Song/tracks on "Santana Lionhead" are

    Side One:
  1. Waiting
  2. Evil Ways
  3. Shades of time
  4. Savor
  5. Jingo
    Side Two:
  1. Persuasion
  2. Treat
  3. You Just Don't Care
  4. Soul Sacrifice
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