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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real deal
Forget "Supernatural Live," this is the real deal if you want a live-in-concert DVD that has music from all phases of Carlos Santana's evolving career.
This 18-song, 97-minute offering is the finest visual document of a live performance by Santana currently available on DVD, and till they start releasing his classic shows from the 1960s and 1970s, this is...
Published on June 11, 2002 by Rezaul Hasan Laskar

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy unless you have no restraint (like me)
Great live video footage, BUT interupted every 30 secs with random movies of Santana and Mexicans roaming the streets of Mexico city. Very irritating to watch as he launches into some of his greatest solos to be suddenly confronted with a movie of people walking past a fountain.....duh? Frontal Lobotomy needed for the whiz kids who came up with this one.
Published on August 29, 2002


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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real deal, June 11, 2002
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This review is from: Santana - Sacred Fire (DVD)
Forget "Supernatural Live," this is the real deal if you want a live-in-concert DVD that has music from all phases of Carlos Santana's evolving career.
This 18-song, 97-minute offering is the finest visual document of a live performance by Santana currently available on DVD, and till they start releasing his classic shows from the 1960s and 1970s, this is the way to go.
The songs span the heady 1960s ("Jingo" and "Soul Sacrifice" from the self-titled debut album) to the 1990s ("Make Somebody Happy" from the Milagro album that marked the beginning of a comeback cycle that ended with Supernatural).
Add to the fact that the concerts on this DVD were filmed in Mexico City in 1993 while Santana was touring on the strength of his excellent Milagro album, and the presence of Alex J. Ligertwood (in my humble opinion, the finest of many vocalists who have worked with Santana's band), and you have a great package on your hands.
The image is inconsistent, ranging from very sharp to slightly blurry, but that's okay when you consider the DVD comprises footage filmed on videotape almost a decade ago. There is no visible bleeding of colours and the editing is clean, lingering long enough on individual players instead of the totally unnecessary rapidfire cuts pioneered by MTV.
The downsides? You get only LPCM stereo and Dolby Surround 2.0 soundtracks and the video is not 16x9 enhanced. Plus, the DVD has NO extras at all. Makes you wonder if a special eition is in the works!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more than a concert, October 23, 2001
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This review is from: Santana - Sacred Fire (DVD)
This is more than a concert -- it's a celebration of music. Santana purists might whine, but I loved the interpolation of all kinds of tunes into Carlos' solos. He throws in all kinds of riffs - "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Light My Fire" are just a few -- and you have to pay attention or you miss them. The end result is a whole lot of new life put into some old songs. This is one of the best concerts I've ever seen or heard, and it blows away the Supernatural Live DVD. If you liked the Sacred Fire CD, you'll love this DVD: it has more tracks and some of the tracks are longer.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BEST DVD concert of Santana, December 20, 2004
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This review is from: Santana - Sacred Fire (DVD)
I owned this concert on CD and the sheer energy of the band was breathtaking to hear. I'm happy to report that the DVD of the concert really makes the experience even better. Only sad part is that the DVD is only in 2.0 Digital and PCM Stereo...unless your receiver can make some sort of "virtual" surround sound, you won't enjoy that type of sound. Still, thought, the sound quality of stereo is good...you can hear all the instruments, and it gets loud. One star off for not having surround sound.

The quality of the concert is very good, what could be expected from an outdoor, live show, and compares with other live concerts out there (Paul McCartney, etc.) The band is top-notch, including some of Santana's famous percussion section, and some really grooving other musicians. And of course, Santana is making the guitar wail.

I thought about buying Supernatural...but then I thought, "Why would I want to see Santana diluted with "artists of this generation", and mixing his music with grunge, alternative, and pop hip-hop music? I want the real thing...I want pure, unadulterated Santana...this is the DVD to deliver that.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Santana DVD On The Market Today!, February 8, 2004
This review is from: Santana - Sacred Fire (DVD)
Until Santana's older performances are released on DVD, this one-and-a-half-hour concert production easily rates as the best that is available on the market today.
No one that has ever enjoyed Santana's music can fail to relish this DVD. And that probably includes you, since that is likely why you are reading this review.
The song selection represents an even mix of nine vintage and nine modern Santana tunes offering an excellent retrospective of Santana's long and illustrious career.
The DVD offers amazingly authentic renditions of the following nine classics: "Jingo" and "Soul Sacrifice" from the self-titled debut album, "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen," "Oye Como Va," and "Samba Pa Ti" from the second album "Abraxas," and "Batuka," "No One To Depend On," "Toussaint L'Overture," and "Guajira" from the third album "Santana III."
This superbly produced DVD of Santana's 1993 live performance, on home turf in Mexico City, features old hands such as Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Chester Thompson (keyboards), Alex Ligertwood (lead vocals), Raul Rekow (bongos and congas), Karl Perazzo (timbales & cow bell), and a flawless cast of newer Santana members on drums and bass. The performance also features Jorge Santana, the youngest of the three Santana brothers, on guitar.
The filming is competent and includes superb footage of each musician as well as the audience, which clearly appears to be having a wonderful time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Comes closest to recreating a Santana concert., December 23, 1998
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This review is from: Sacred Fire [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Sacred Fire is the next best thing to attending a Santana concert--and I know, I've been to many over the years. In some ways it's better--you get close-up views you'd never get otherwise as an audience member. It's not your typical "MTV" music video with wacky, unrelated scenarios going on with their music. The short visual trips to sites around Mexico City are nice breaks from the shots of the stage where concert videos can become static. I think Carlos's intention was to not distract from the musical performance. I'm hoping it will be released soon in the more technologically up-to-date DVD format as well as their other video, Viva Santana...plus some new ones! I heartily recommend Sacred Fire to all--not just die-hard Santana fans!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy unless you have no restraint (like me), August 29, 2002
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This review is from: Santana - Sacred Fire (DVD)
Great live video footage, BUT interupted every 30 secs with random movies of Santana and Mexicans roaming the streets of Mexico city. Very irritating to watch as he launches into some of his greatest solos to be suddenly confronted with a movie of people walking past a fountain.....duh? Frontal Lobotomy needed for the whiz kids who came up with this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The reference DVD, August 25, 2002
This review is from: Santana - Sacred Fire (DVD)
For all Santana fans, This DVD is a must buy one. Here you can hear and see Carlos and his band at their best. The concert is performed at Mexico, the native country of Santana.The audience was extremely great. They love him and enjoy his music, and they deserve a star to their own, for making the DVD incredibly alive. Santana is the best for all those long years, and it's strange how he's atracting all those different generations with different tastes. Also his GREAT keyboardist Chester Thompson is unbelievable.
The only drawback of this DVD is the audio, which is set at the Dolby 2.0 format(only 2 channels).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latin fire, December 7, 2002
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This review is from: Santana - Sacred Fire (DVD)
Carlos Santana has never been better than on this DVD, in my opinion. The selection of songs are top-notch and obviously cut out for a Latin audience. His guitar-playing is electrifying and presise, and the band seem to have great fun. - The photography is great and you almost feel as you are present in the Mexico City arena. - I've seen Santana live once, in 1976, in Oslo, Norway. This concert demonstrates that the band has improved through the years, although I personally do not care for the latest commercial development. - Get this DVD as fast as you can!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually and aurally wonderful...,, April 1, 2005
This review is from: Santana - Sacred Fire (DVD)
This really is a 5* item. I bought this after seeing it several times on TV (PBS). The music is great, the footage really does seem to have captured a particularly magical concert (composed from several nights). The large audience is grooving enmass with the band (this is more like BB King live at the Regal album than Santana's later Supernatural video, shot in the US). The Mexico City footage is also inspiring and beautifully done. For not much more than the cost of a CD you get a great selection of music, a visual spectical and a chance to watch Carlos play at his very best (I am a guitarist -- so I love to watch how he plays). Oh and Santana's tone on this reached perfection -- I want that tone! A splendid video. Just buy it now, its great.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CONCERT VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN, September 23, 1999
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This review is from: Sacred Fire [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Carlos and his band at their best video so far. No voice overdubs like "Viva Santana", just good music and phenomenal sound. You will feel like you are part of the audience.
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