Lotus - Santana, SACD
Limited double Mobile Fidelity hybrid SACD - DSD edition. Lotus is a 1974 live album by Santana, recorded at the Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan in 1973. It was originally released in 1974 as a triple vinyl LP in Japan only. The first U.S. release was in 1991 as a two CD set. It features the New Santana Band and combines that group's jazz and spiritual influences. Some of the early hits are performed, such as "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va," but it is the extended, intense instrumentals that are the order of the day such as the breathtaking "Incident at Neshabur," "Every Step of the Way," and "Toussaint L'Overture." Carlos' super powered guitar is mesmerizing, the entire atmosphere is otherworldly, beautiful, modern jazzy and most of all, electrifying. His guitar tone is perfect; each solo has a central rhythmic and melodic structure that was used to express in a moment what can never been repeated. The greatness of Lotus is it's ability to take all of Carlos' beautiful melodies and expand them each into a whole new creation.