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Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-305 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Pure Analogue Mastered by Shawn R. Britton from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Numbered Limited Edition - Half Speed Master - Pressed at RTI
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
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.
"Mobile Fidelity has done an excellent job with its remastered vinyl editions. Abraxas is a very fine-sounding record, with terrific air, rich textures, a fine mix, and spacious soundscape. MoFi's version is palpably warmer, airier, and more dynamic than (the) old Columbia pressing, which sounds a bit wiry." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound,
"Black Magic Woman," the Top Five hit from Abraxas, is definitive Santana: Afro-Latin grooves and piercing lyrical psychedelic blues guitar. It was a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song written by one of Carlos Santana's guitar heroes, Peter Green. The album's other hit was also a cover: Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va." - rollingstone
• Numbered, Limited Edition • 33rpm Speed Edition
• Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab • Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve • Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes • Pressed at RTI
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
GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ is a proprietary cutting system built and designed by legendary design genius Tim De Paravicini, with consultation from one of MFSL’s founding fathers – Stan Ricker, an audio engineer responsible for many of MFSL’s most heralded past releases.
The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system is comprised of a Studer™ tape machine with customized reproduction electronics* and handcrafted cutting amps that drive an Ortofon cutting head on a restored Neumann VMS-70 lathe. (*It is worth noting that independent studies have confirmed that the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system can unveil sonic information all the way up to 122kHz!)
First and foremost, we only utilize first generation original master recordings as source material for our releases. We then play back master tapes at half speed enabling the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system to fully extract the master’s sonic information. Our lacquers are then plated in a specialized process that protects transients in the musical signal. (Due to this process, there may be occasional pops or ticks inherent in initial play back, but as the disc is played more, a high quality stylus will actually polish the grooves and improve the sound). We further ensure optimum sound quality by strictly limiting the number of pressings printed for each release. These limited editions, in addition to being collectors’ items, ensure that the quality of the last pressing matches the quality of the first.
As you can imagine, all these efforts involve a tremendous amount of time, technology, cost and effort. The introduction of GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ maintains Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s position as the world’s leading audiophile record label, where a passion for music with extraordinary sound quality matters most.