I have a growing collection of concert DVDs. To my mind, the good ones offer superb value as they can be enjoyed again and again, certainly more often than even a favourite movie, and they place the spectator right on stage with the performers. Also the release date is immaterial, as great music does not age. Several elements can make or break a music DVD, including the sound quality, how well if was filmed, the synergy among the musicians and their rapport with the audience. "Sacred Fire" scores highly on all counts (although it's not in surround sound).
This performance was recorded in May 1993 in Mexico City on "home ground" in front of an ecstatic audience and it also features some stunning footage taken in and around the venue, which I thought added a lot of interest. The line-up on stage with the brothers is excellent. The musicianship is top-notch, and it is difficult to single out any particular contribution: spell-binding keyboards from Chester Thompson, superb bass by Myron Dove, stirring vocals courtesy of Alex Ligertwood and often the whole band, power-house percussions (too many to mention), all anchored by some of the most inspired guitar-work from Carlos. Jorge is also featured in some spectacular solos and it is uncanny how much he reminded me of that other famous guitarist George (Harrison).
The whole DVD has a very warm and engaging atmosphere, the musicians are having a wonderful time and it's fiesta time among the audience. You don't have to be a Santana fan to enjoy this concert. I can warmly recommend this DVD to anyone who appreciates exuberant live music with a Latin flavour and a deep human dimension.