Cover vs. Original

Black Magic Woman


So honestly have you known that? Yes, Black Magic Woman by Santana is only a cover version. The original song was written two years before by Fleetwood Mac.
However, Black Magic Woman became really famous in the version by Santana. And it is one of the hits from the wonderful and perhaps best Santana album Abraxas. But you should also listen to the original by Fleetwood Mac, it is a great song, too.

Santana
1970

vs.

Fleetwood Mac
1968

CD-Cover: Santana - Abraxas 48.4 % 51.6 % CD-Cover: Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Santana 1425 Votes Fleetwood Mac

Comments about Black Magic Woman:

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I agree with brady22
- morn94, garrie, Canada, 1-.-0.2009
hahaha losers is this your life voting for songz?/ bunch of loserz

- brady22, barrie, Canada, 1-.-0.2009
you all suck
- brady22, barrie, Canada, 1-.-0.2009
Con todo el respeto que merece Carlos Santana. La lucidez y brillo de Peter Green dificilmente pueda ser igualado.
- Diego, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-.-0.2009
Santana's version is of course more commercial, and lively, possibly even more tuneful too... But for sheer soulful & understated guitar playing with feeling, Peter Green's original gets my vote!
- Jonson, Manchester, England, 5-.-0.2008
Santana's version of Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (with vocals by Greg Rolie) is one of the few songs I could listen to every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Gypsy Queen is originally by Gabor Szabo.
- Bill, Chico, United States, 4-.-0.2008
Abraxas is indeed the best Santana ever produced. The whole record makes me shiver. Sorry for Fleetwood Mac. However, I love e.g. their Albatros, Sara, Little Lies... No hard feelings?
- Yelle, Meise, Belgium, 4-.-0.2008
Fleetwood Mac are amazing! Santana are also amazing but there such different genres and so awesome in their own ways I find it hard to compare the two. Santanas but just barely. And yes i did already know this is a cover
- Jim, Rome, United States, 1-.-0.2008
They are both great. If you get a chance, listen to Mac's version Live at the Boston Tea Party! Clearly Santana made it his own just like Hendrix took Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" to another level (although that was a HUGE difference), but there would be nothing for Carlos to build on without Peter. Listen to Peter's "Supernatural" when he was with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and tell me where Carlos got his trademark sustain from? (not to mention an album title). Come on, they are both legends.
- Greg, San Jose, United States, 1-.-0.2008
santana owns fleetwood mac, they are one of the gayest bands ever don't care if fleetwood mac wrote it first, santana is the one that made the song carlos would own peter any day
- blake.h, Tarana, Canada, 8-.-0.2007
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