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Santana: Sacred Fire - Live In Mexico [DVD]

Carlos Santana , Peter Nydrle    Exempt   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Carlos Santana
  • Directors: Peter Nydrle
  • Producers: Peter Nydrle, Jeanne Mattiussi, Paul Flattery
  • Format: DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Island
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Dec 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066RZJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,585 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Compilation of funk rock tracks from Santana. Recorded live in Mexico City, on May 22 and 23, 1993.

Product Description

SANTANA Sacred Fire - Live In Mexico (2003 UK Region 0 PAL DVD featuring footage from his live performance in Mexico City on 22nd & 23rd May 1993 picture sleeve)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Supernatural but not bad either 7 Dec 2002
I bought this DVD about a month ago in Poland - it just demonstrates the wildy different release dates in Europe. I'm not sure why this happens.
Anyway to the DVD. I've been a Santana fan for more years than I care to remember and like almost everybody else, Supernatural blew me away. The DVD of Supernatural is perhaps one of the best examples of Music DVD's around, the DTS sound is fantastic. It was disappointing (But understandable) to see that Sacred Fire is stereo only. However, it still stands as a great example of the exuberance of a Santana live performance.
All of the standards are there for old and new fans alike and it lacks the commercialism of the later DVD. This was also probably one of the better Santana line-ups, especially with Alexander Ligertwood's stormy vocals. Santana's brother Jorge also plays some nice guitar on Black Magic Woman. The star, though, is still Carlos. An instantly recognisable sound that at times makes the hair on your neck stand up. Thoroughly recommended - buy it.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SANTANA -SACRED FIRE 21 Sep 2003
By A Customer
As a fan of Santana since I saw them at a festival at Shepton Mallet, Somerset in 1970, I have followed Carlos through all his different styles some I've liked and others I haven't; his Supernatural phase I hate. I have had the video of Sacred Fire for a few years and it is the best concert yet released of Santana. This is DVD for the purist Santana fans. With some of his best known work from the raw style of the 1969-1970s era to pre-Supernatural, really great. Somehow I have become particularly entranced with Make Somebody Happy, its has great vocals and guitar work, Esparando is also a rapesque type number which stands out. Also listen carefully to the background guitar work behind the introduction speech of Angels All Around Us its so haunting. This concert was recorded live in Mexico in front of a partisan Hispanic audience and the atmosphere is electric. If you want a true sample of Santana at his best forget Supernatural and buy Sacred Fire instead you will not be disappointed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is REAL!!! dance music... 14 Jan 2007
If you like electric Afro-Cuban music live, then this will be right up your street. As you would expect, the percussionists, keyboards etc are all of the highest order. Also, whoever did the sound engineering knows what they're doing - Sound is excellent. Carlos' brother Jorge Santana is also plays with the band. The vast majority of guitar solos are done by Carlos, but on a couple of numbers, Jorge starts soloing instead. Interesting to hear the their two styles contrasting. Although they're very similiar in tone, Jorge seems to have more measured, economical style of guitar maybe a bit tidier than Carlos' slightly erratic, but very spontaneous fiery style. The singing is also very good. All in all a good buy(or rent).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the sound balance 18 April 2008
This comes very close to being a great concert DVD; the audio-visual quality is excellent, it is atmospheric and the musicianship and singing is impeccable. The only thing which lets it down is the sound balance - the drums and percussion are a bit too loud and dominent, whilst Carlos's guitar isn't loud and dominant enough, and fails to be the potent force that it is on his studio recordings. I'm only talking a small amount and I really enjoy the DVD, but everytime I watch it, a little voice inside my head says 'The guitar should be louder.' Tracks include Black Magic Woman, Samba Pati, Soul Sacrifice and many more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Santana on Fire 28 May 2012
By Dolphin TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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