Abraxas Original recording remastered
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The DTS version is also not worth purchasing as they forgot the bass. Santana's music is very dense, with tons of percussion and Santana's amazing guitar. He is one of the Guitar Gods! No one can get into the meaning of a note the way he can. The bass is needed to balance and ground the music and gives it a primal feel. It is sorely missed on the DTS version.
This is probably Santana's best album. The music is 5 star all the way. It, and the public, deserve better. Buy the CD, save the extra 5 to 10 bucks and be happy until it is done properly.
To the reviewer who says "the SACD version blows away the CD version only if you have the right equipment," I have a near audiophile HT theater system consisting of a Yamaha C-750 DVD-A/SACD player, a Harman/Kardon Signature 2.0/2.1 pre/amp coupled to HK Citation 13 main speakers (the larger precursors to Shahinian Accoustic' ARC speakers) with a Velo sub. (Since writing this, I "upgraded" my speakers and sub to Infinity Kappa 9s with a dual 12" Infinity sub and Kapp 7.1 surrounds with no change of opinion.) To me, with the right equipment, the SACD still sounds identical to the CD.
The cd itself has got great liner notes explaining a brief early history of Santana which is a nice touch. The bonus tracks, all previously unreleased, actually enhance the listening experience which seldom results as many other attempts at adding bonus tracks to otherwise classic albums tend to take away somewhat from the overall quality of the album. Also, given the fact that these last 3 tracks were recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, the sound quality is very good.
However, it's with the main course of this meal and not the dessert that I have my beef with. I don't know how much of this is due to a severely deteriorated master source but the sound quality of the album proper (i.e. the first 9 tracks) is quite poor. The volume levels are low overall and the bass seems to overpower everything else.
To its credit, nowhere on the cd does it claim that this album has been remastered only that it has been mastered by Vic Anesini which gives us hope that the powers that be can still seek out a better master source from the vaults or do a proper remastering job with today's state of the art equipment to truly do justice to this brilliant classic rock album.
And now to the quality of the songs: Carlos Santana who once played with Miles Davis is very obviously heavily influenced by him, Tito Puente and Gabor Szabo (Gypsy Queen) and this is very evident on this album.Read more ›
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What can I say... for me, the best Santana music ever. I wonder for when a deluxe edition, like the first and third albums have?Published 8 days ago by Manuel Cifuentes Romero
I've owned several versions of this recording. On this edition, the percussion doesn't seem as crisp as in others that I've heard. The drumming is muted. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tony Q and BBQ
The music itself is pure five star classic stuff. The Mobile Fidelity treatment is orgasmic fodder for your ears. Wonderful stuff!!!Published 29 days ago by tunancheese