Abraxas [DVD AUDIO] DTS Surround Sound, Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
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Carlos Santana has artfully built his namesake group into quite a legacy, and the mega-hit Abraxas is a fascinating journey into the universal appeal of Santana’s legendary musical style.
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Those who don't read the 'hi-fi'/'audiophile' magazines and websites may not be aware that when Mobile Fidelity acquired the original stereo master tapes of Abraxas [and, incidentally, of the band's first album - "Santana"] they discovered that every release from the first CBS vinyl in 1970, through various CD releases and compilations using any of the tracks, had suffered from having the Left and Right channels reversed. In short, the stereo image has always been the wrong way around.
So, this is the first time that the album has been released with the stereo image in the correct place.
The sound is superbly clear, certainly much less 'muddy' than on my mid-1970's CBS UK pressing; there are no 'sonic fireworks', just a very natural sound. One difference that was immediately noticeable was that Gregg Rolie's keyboard sounds more prominent than on other versions, and it's quite a revelation to hear just how much the band relied upon his work for the overall sound of the record. The other difference between this and other releases of the album is that the recording and/or mastering levels on this disc appear to be somewhat lower than earlier ones.
Thankfully the 180g pressing has virtually silent surfaces, no pops or clicks, and is flat as a pancake. As a final bonus, the sleeve is the original gatefold 'double' version [not the cheap and nasty 'single'-sleeve], in rigid cardboard, and with an excellent anti-static, anti-scuff, soft inner liner.
Quality sound, quality product, and just one of the best records ever made!
Please, people from DTS, publish more 70s music in this format: Mahavishnu, Jeff Beck, Hancock, Pat Metheny (Offramp must sound incredible in 5.1), Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Pink Floyd (I want Dark side of the moon and Wish you were here in DTS now !!!)
What is interesting is I have Abraxas on CD, MP3 download and now vinyl (please note record companies with your cloudy ideas that we all pirate music) and the sound quality is richer and more enjoyable on Vinyl.
Do a back to back and it is mind blowing at the clarity and production level that can be achieved on this medium, even though this album was first released in September 1970 on just its production and recording merits alone it can easily hold it self against any 2012 technical offerings.
I have slowly been rebuilding my Vinyl collection and where possible purchasing the higher Vinyl weights and it pays off.
US released April 2008 on Mobile Fidelity UDCD 775 (use Barcode 821797077569 in the search bar to locate the right issue) - their Santana's "Abraxas" comes in over-sized hard-card repro packaging that mimics the September 1970 original US LP - gatefold sleeve and all (37:30 minutes). It was originally released September 1970 in the USA on Columbia KC 30130 and November 1970 in the UK on CBS Records S 64087 (in a single sleeve without a poster - American originals had a beautiful black and white foldout poster of the six-piece band that is unfortunately AWOL in this repro). This Mobile Fidelity CD is a 24-Carat Gold Audiophile issue - itself housed in a protective gauze sleeve within a black and gold gatefold card inner that gives detailed information about their ULTRADISC II range and their patented GAIN 2 SYSTEM of remastering from the first generation Original Master Tape. It's a limited edition and numbered on the rear in gold (up to 10,000).Read more ›
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Alot of Santana fans mite disagree but this album is the jewel in the crown of the vast Santana collection absolutely brilliantPublished 8 days ago by john t
Finally received this disc the other day after a short delay - it was not available until a week or so after its supposed release date (not a great problem seeing as I first... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dave Rogers
ABRAXAS VINYL. Superb! Not normally sure if these reissued, remastered, re-this, re-that records are worth it but this is superb. Got to be one of the all-time greatest records. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arturio