Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2152 - Hybrid SACD Stereo
Mastered by Shawn R Britton from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Numbered Limited Edition - Plays On All CD Players
Half-Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2™ Ultradisc II™ SACD
Finally, after announcing this over two years ago, it in here. Clean, crisp, deep and resonating. I'm very pleased and the wait was worth it. Arguably one of the best first sides of a rock album ever produced, Abraxas in SACD by MoFi is also heard as it should be . The opening tinkling sounds are so realistic that it sounds like multichannel, which would be the only improvement possible for this glorious sounding recording - HRaudio
Picking up on the momentum of the band’s excellent 1969 self-titled debut and drifting into harder-edged, more versatile territory, Abraxas is the confident sound of Santana stretching out and carving its own Latin rock subgenre. The 1970 set is nothing short of legendary.
A confluence of celebratory vibes, bluesy jams, mellow vocals, and hip-shaking grooves, it is a cornerstone of any music collection. Now, for the first time, you can listen to Abraxas the way it was meant to be experienced, with the instruments and musicians placed in the proper channels.
In addition to correcting the imaging, Mobile Fidelity’s collectable version captures the stunning tonal range of Santana’s guitar as well as the nuances of his distinctive touch. Every imaginable detail is brought to the forefront.
YOU’VE NEVER HEARD SANTANA SOUND MORE SPACIOUS, AIRY, TEXTURED, OR DYNAMIC.
Breakthrough Record Remains Consummate Latin Rock Record: Experience This Classic the Way the Artist Intended
Abraxas remains the consummate Latin rock album. The confident sound of Santana stretching out and carving out a distinctive new genre, the 1970 set is daubed with psychedelic accents and Afro-Latin grooves. Abraxas immediately captured the public’s ear, spending six weeks as the nation’s #1 album and spawning the cosmic “Black Magic Woman” as a Top 5 single that’s since become one of the most widely recognized songs in history. Befitting such a classic, Mobile Fidelity’s Hybrid SACD of this epic work presents the music in stunningly rich, incredibly dynamic and realistic sound.
Mastered from the original master tapes, this collectable SACD overflows with information, textures, and colors. The result: Spacious, airy, and you-are-there sonics. Experience Abraxas the way it is meant to be heard, with the instruments and musicians placed in the proper channels. In addition to correcting the imaging, Mobile Fidelity’s collectable version captures the full tonal range of Santana’s guitar and nuances of his distinctive touch. Every imaginable detail is brought to the forefront and properly scaled, bringing you closer to the music and enhancing your emotional connection to this legendary record.
A confluence of celebratory vibes, bluesy jams, mellow vocals, and hip-shaking grooves, Abraxas is a cornerstone of any music collection. Picking up on the momentum of its excellent 1969 self-titled debut and drifting into more versatile territory, Santana reimagines what’s possible in melding various disciplines and styles. Mysticism and spirituality abound amidst cohesive performances involving a vibrant mélange of purring organs, conga beats, and fluid bass lines. And that’s to say nothing of the bandleader’s extraordinary playing.
Wild, free, and loose, the group conjures the feeling of mountains and rivers on the lead-off instrumental “Singing Winds, Crying Beasts,” leads a salsa parade on the definitive version of Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va,” and explores its sensual side on the stellar showcase “Samba Pa Ti,” a tune indicative of the album’s Latin vibes and percussion. Sonically, Abraxas takes advantage of studio techniques such as cross-fading and mixing lacking on its predecessor.
As stated in The Mojo Collection: “Dissatisfied with the sound of their debut, the group brought in as a co-producer veteran jazz engineer Fred Catero, whose skills proved invaluable in balancing the new range of musical flavors Santana [was] bringing into its sound: the result was a giant step on from the band’s debut.”
But just like 1969’s equally essential Santana, Abraxas lays claim to one of the biggest (and unfortunate) production gaffes in music history. Until Mobile Fidelity fixed the error with its 180g LP and 24K Gold releases, Abraxas had never been heard correctly. For nearly four decades, copies were produced with the left and right channels reversed, meaning that everything was placed in a backwards manner. This even extended to compilations on which individual songs from Abraxas were included. Rest assured that, in addition to boasting reference audiophile sonics, this Hybrid SACD edition gets all the specifications exactly right.
Arranged By – Santana
Bass Guitar – Dave Brown
Congas – Mike Carabello
Drums – Mike Shrieve
Keyboards, Vocals – Gregg Rolie
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Carlos Santana
Producer – Fred Catero, Santana
1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
3. Oye Como Va
4. Incident at Neshabur
5. Se a Cabo
6. Mother's Daughter
7. Samba Pa Ti
8. Hope You're Feeling Better
Mobile Fidelity believes that mastering systems should be neutral and transparent. The essential idea is to unveil all the detailed musical information on the original master recording without adding deterioration, coloration or other sonic artifacts.
It is worth noting that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab stands out as one of few record labels that independently invests in research and development of audio technology. With proprietary innovations such as GAIN 2™, general music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike have reaped the benefit of a higher consumer audio standard without investing in costly new hardware. Mobile Fidelity is pleased to work with a variety of engineering legends and companies including Tim de Paravicini, Ed Meitner, Pass Labs, Theta Digital and Sony Electronics.
Our joint efforts to seek out the ultimate audio experience, has resulted in significant advances for the technology of music reproduction.
GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD and Ultradisc II™ 24kt Gold CDs
For over twenty years, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has continually searched for the ultimate audio experience. During this search MFSL engineers and associates created The GAIN™ System, a proprietary mastering technology which brought warmth and ambience to the compact disc format. A few years ago - with higher resolution formats on the horizon - the vision of GAIN 2™ began. As it stands today, GAIN 2™ is one of the greatest technical advancements in analogue and digital technology in the last ten years. It consists of a series of critical modifications and new components to Mobile Fidelity's proprietary mastering chain.
We feel that GAIN 2™ has come extremely close to meeting this goal. The key accomplishments of GAIN 2™ System are 1) the ability to extract all the musical information as possible through the Ultra High bandwidth analogue tape playback system with proprietary custom tape playback heads, reproducer electronics and 2) transparently capturing and storing that information with the Direct Stream Digital recording system.