SANTANA S/T SELF-TITLED LION HEAD Netherlands Release 12" LP Vinyl Album

  This is Santana's is the debut studio album by the San Francisco rock group Santana released in 1969. It is a release of largely instrumental music, recorded by what was originally a purely free-form jam band. At the suggestion of manager Bill Graham, the band took to writing more conventional songs for more impact, but managed to retain the essence of improvisation in the music.

 

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Album Description:

Santana's self-titled debut album was released on 30 August 1969, on vinyl LP. The album features the iconic "lion head" on the front cover, which has become an iconic symbol of the band.

The album was produced by Brent Dangerfield and Santana, and recorded at Pacific Recording Studios in San Mateo, California. The band at the time consisted of Carlos Santana on guitar, Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals, David Brown on bass, Michael Shrieve on drums, and Michael Carabello on percussion.

The album includes many of Santana's signature songs, such as "Evil Ways," "Jingo," and "Soul Sacrifice," which was famously performed at the Woodstock music festival just weeks before the album's release. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart and eventually earning a triple-platinum certification from the RIAA.

The album is considered a landmark in Latin rock and is credited with helping to popularize the genre in the United States. Santana's unique blend of rock, jazz, and Latin rhythms created a sound that was fresh and exciting at the time, and continues to influence musicians to this day.

Music Genre:

  Latin Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "SANTANA - S/T Self-Titled Lion Head" was produced by: Carlos Santana, Brent Dangerfield

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Bob "Deputy Dog" Breault, Eric "Gentle Ben" Prestidge

This album was recorded at: May 1969 at Pacific Recording, San Mateo, California

Album Frpnt cover design: Lee Conklin

Album cover 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.

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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 S 63815

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

  1969 Made in Holland
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SANTANA - S/T Self-Titled Lion Head
    Santana Band/Musicians
  • Carlos Santana
  • Mike Carrabello
  • Dave Brown
  • Jose Chepito Areas
  • Mikes Shrieve
  • Gregg Roile
Complete Track-listing of the album "SANTANA - S/T Self-Titled Lion Head"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SANTANA - S/T Self-Titled Lion Head" is:

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