by http://psychedelicsight.com/9490-santana-lotus/, Psychedelic Sight:
fans’ loyalties are rewarded in October and November with a quartet of
180 gram vinyl releases - paced by a 40th anniversary edition of the
live adventure “Lotus.”
That triple-disc recording made in the summer of 1973 captures the
“Welcome”/”Caravanserai” band (“the New Santana”) in its
jazz-rock-fusion glory, performing in Osaka, Japan.
Some critics consider “Lotus” among the best live recordings made in
the rock era. Of the dozens of Santana albums, Rolling Stone gives five
stars to only two - “Lotus” and “Abraxas.”
“Lotus” long was a sought-after import, initially released as a
triple-LP set out of Japan (1974). It featured superb art direction with
a multilevel fold-out cover of psychedelic bent, reflecting Carlos
Santana’s immersion in spirituality (the set eventually saw release as a
double CD in the States, in 1991).
The two recorded shows were mostly instrumental, keyed by a legendary 16-minute take on “Incident at Neshabur.”
The studio album “Abraxas” provides the most songs on “Lotus,”
including “Neshabur,” Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman” and “Samba Pa
From “Caravanserai” comes a funkified flirtation with Antonio
Carlos Jobim’s “Stone Flower” and almost 12 minutes of Michael Shrieve’s
“Every Step of the Way.”
Band members are drummer Shrieve, percussionists José “Chepito” and
Armando Perez, keyboardist Tom Coster, bassist Doug Rauch and singer
The original on-site recording was done by the Japanese audio wizards
from Sony, with mastering for the new LPs done by Joe Reagoso. The
discs were pressed at Record Technology Inc.
Friday Music says its re-creation of the vinyl “Lotus” includes “the
original trifold cover art and the special psychedelic insert artwork …
now restored to their full glory.” The set retails for about $50 and
bows Nov. 19.
Also due from Carlos Santana’s back pages is his live collaboration
with drummer-vocalist Buddy Miles, recorded at a Hawaiian rock festival
in early 1972.
“Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live” features
guitarist Neal Schon and gets an unusual flavor from trumpet and flute.
Songs include “Evil Ways,” “Them Changes” and a 25-minute jam. Friday’s
single-disc album comes out Nov. 5.
Fusion in the rear view, Santana’s seventh album, “Amigos,” found the
bandleader aiming toward a radio-friendly sound, via producer David
“Amigos” yielded a minor hit, “Let it Shine.” Rolling Stone
called the album “safe” and “consistent.” Greg Walker and Leon “Ndugu”
Chancler are among the players. Columbia’s Speaker’s Corner revives the
album on a 180 gram slab Oct. 29.
“Santana’s Greatest Hits” is a misnomer these days - it’s an outdated
label packaging job with songs from the first two albums. Friday
recycles it nonetheless, Oct. 29.
Other Santana albums already re-released to vinyl via Friday Music are
“Moonflower” and “Love Devotion Surrender” with fellow white-suited
devotee John McLaughlin (both 180 gram audiophile records). Columbia has
a 180 gram version of the Santana-Buddy Miles album as well.