Santana's Abraxas was released in 1970 right after their mega success at Woodstock. The Album features the 1961 painting entitled: "Annunciation" by Abdul Mati Klarwein. Although he was best known for his surrealist and visionary art of the psychedelic era especially the album covers he produced for the likes of Miles Davis, Santana, Earth Wind and Fire, and many more, Mati's creative output covered a broad range of styles and media.
Here are his own comments about the artwork posted on his website: "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 preceding Flight to Egypt. 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 jacket pinned on the wall of a shaman's mud hut in Niger and inside a Rastafarian's ganja hauling truck in Jamaica. I was in good global company, muchísimas gracias Carlitos!"
How's that for PSYCHEDELIC!!
Go to www.ricsrecordsrack.com for more information. This Record is still available.
The video is of Santana performing Samba Pati, one of my favorite tracks from the Album.