Los Souls: The Carlos Santana Effect

Los Souls1. Los Souls: Oye Como Va

I ran into this LP today and to be quite frank with you people, I fucking hate this song. In fact, I was going to choose another tune off this album but I had a change of heart.  The reason being that one can’t deny Santana’s Latin rock cover crossover version of Oye Como Va (listen, hey what’s up?)  had a pretty big impact on thousands of crappy bands south of the border. I can’t tell you how many albums I have that shamefully try to sound like the San Francisco based Latin hippie rock group. But to be honest with you I love crossover music, so given that, I have tons of respect.  Purchased this one in Mexico City a while back.

Los Souls played in small clubs and Hotels in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa (red light district) throughout the 70’s. Some members went on to start a prog rock group, some became taxi drivers, one became a principle of an elementary school, and the drummer died in a plane crash (cause that what happens to all rock drummers). Actually I’m totally lying to you. I have no idea what this band is all about but I have the feeling I’m not far from the truth.

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3 Responses to “Los Souls: The Carlos Santana Effect”


  1. 1 lengua June 20, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Zona Rosa, principle of an elementary school, hahahah.
    Hey, you spelled border wrong.
    I like the sloppy drum style on this one.

  2. 2 El Mouching June 26, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Isn’t Oye Como Va written and played by Tito Puente before Carlos Santana ?

  3. 3 josephfranko June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Yes, it’s Tito Puente’s song. In the post I put Santana’s “cover”. The way Santana crossed-over the song was the big influence though. Word!


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