Abraxas Pool – Abraxas Pool [1997]

AbpoolCountry USA

Style Melodic Rock/Classic Rock

Rating 81/100

Band Members Gregg Rolie – Vocals,keyboards, Neal Schon – Guitars, Alphonso Johnson – Bass, Michael Shrieve – Drums, Michael Carabello – Congas, José Areas – Timbales,

Additional musicians Carlos E. Franco,Necia Dallas,Davona Bundy – Vocals, Wole Alade,Ronald Marshall – Drums

Tracks 01. Boom Ba Ya Ya (6:44), 02. A Million Miles Away (3:49), 03. Baila Mi Cha-Cha (5:07), 04. Waiting for You (5:08), 05. Going Home (3:25), 06. Szabo (7:54), 07. Guajirona (3:05), 08. Cruzin’ (3:52), 09. Don’t Give Up (7:12), 10. Ya Llego (2:48), 11. Jingo (7:09)

Profile Abraxas Pool with their amazing self-titled debut album came out in 1997 from Miramar Records, features former members of the Santana band, including Gregg Rolie, and Neal Schon.  They may amazing, Melodic music with latin flavor.  Fans of Santana and Journey would love this record.  Hooks everywhere, with stellar guitar work.  Despite the occultic name and implied Egyptian symbolism in this album’s cover art, there is nothing mystic or magical in the sounds. What the listener will find are well-crafted, produced, and performed songs in the mold of Abraxas/Amigo-era Santana, featuring veterans of the original band lineup and former members of Journey and Weather Report. This is an all-star affair, and includes much of the fire that made Carlos Santana’s original entrιe into the musical nexus of Latin, jazz, and rock so exciting in the first place. While Neal Schon more than adequately handles the Santana role on guitar, this recording really highlights the singing, playing, and writing talents of keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie. There are some truly great songs here played with a lot of gusto and conviction. This release is hard to get but worth every effort.

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