Santana were formed in San Francisco in 1966, they rose to fame as a result of their performance at the Woodstock music festival in 1969. Their second album, Abraxas, released in 1970, became a massive commercial and critical success, as well as a Latin-Rock standard.
Over the decades, the group's line up has constantly evolved, this has allowed for their music and direction to keep up to date with new trends. In fact, as many as fifty musicians have been involved with the band during their forty year history, with only Carlos Santana being the constant.
A number of bands have been spawned by the group, the most famous being Journey, which was formed by guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Gregg Rolie. Though the group kept a low profile during the eighties, it was towards the end of the nineties that they once again took their rightful place on the world stage, thanks in part to guest vocalists appearing on the albums Supernatural and Shaman. Supernatural was honored with a raft of Grammy awards.
The band have a very distinct sound, their mix of Latin percussion instruments, such as timbales and congas, together with a distinctive guitar driven rhythm is still highly original. Though they have experimented with different genres over the years, such as jazz and hard rock, their latest releases follow a time honored tradition.
Santana are now widely accepted as being one of the most influential groups to have emerged out of the psychedelic area. Today, their songs are still played widely on radio stations around the world. In fact, many new artists choose to perform alongside the group to help raise their own profile. Some of their most memorable releases are those that are performed with other stars, for example Joss Stone, Eric Clapton, and Ricky Martin. What's more, their live shows are a sight that every music fan should take in at least once in their life.
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