Album Cover Art Wednesday: Abraxas

Santana has been around so long that it’s easy to forget the impact their Latin-world-jazz-rock fusion style made when they appeared on the scene.Abraxas was an unmitigated commercial and artistic success and has awesome album art to boot. I’ll let the artist , Mati Klarwein, describe how his painting Annunciation came to be selected by Carlos Santana:

Annunciation is the first painting I painted after
my initial New York awakening. I was 28 years old and at the peak of my
molecular bio-energy. You can feel the sudden burst of the Big Apple’s
electric zap in the composition after all the early years of adolescent
brooding over potatoes and eggs and the romantic nostalgia of the
preceeding Flight to Egypt.

In those days I had an obsessional passion for the
female body that lasted deep into my thirties (to be replaced by rocks
‘n’ stones)..

Years later Carlos Santana saw a reproduction of the
Annunciation in a magazine and wanted it for the cover of his all time
best selling Abraxas album. It did me a world of good. I saw the album
pinned to the wall in a shaman’s mud hut in Niger and inside a
Rastafarian’s ganja hauling truck in Jamaica. I was in good global
company, muchissimas gracias, Carlito!


Here’s the LP on ye olde YouTube:

3 thoughts on “Album Cover Art Wednesday: Abraxas

  1. Abraxas is the second Santana album and what a great piece of work it is to listen to even now. It’s also a big leap from their first album, which in itself was quite a sensation simply because there was nothing else like it at the time. Like you say, they made a real impact.

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