All May I've been on Santana kick and I can't stop! I would like to compare my impressions with yours. What are your favourite Santana albums from the late 1960s-1970s period? And why? I can't find any functioning thread and decided to create one. I included official studio and live albums from the band as well as three solo/collaborative Santana albums. You can pick 5. Feel free to comment on Santana's later albums or anything that is worth listening from the era I chose. Here are my picks: 1. Santana (1969). So far it is my favourite. A pure raw energy, a couple of hits including blistering Soul Sacrifice. I am usually not a fan of bands have percussionists as permanent members because they tend to overplay sometimes. But here it is masterclass of tasty polyrhythmic soloing through and through. 2. Abraxas (1970). Basically for the same reasons and you can really here Santana's progression on every album recorded. 3. I am not a big fan of Santana III so far. Not enough great melodies and too much of a bit of pointless jamming. Caravanserai (1972), Welcome (1973) and Borboletta (1974) are my Top-3 jazz fusion Santana LPs.