Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2079 - Hybrid SACD Stereo
Numbered Limited Edition - Plays On All CD Players
Half Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2™ Ultradisc II™
Almost four decades later it is possible to rediscover Caravanserai on a digital medium, without appearing 'dead' or boring. Listen to the percussion in tracks like Stone Flower or the sticky keyboards that the listener can embrace in the song All The Love Of The Universe . On this album the artist Carlos Santana rises above himself and turns out to be a guitar hero. Clear, open and full of dynamism, despite the age of the mastertapes. So they can still do it, there at MoFi ...HIFI Nl
Santana’s Landmark 1972 Effort Echoes Miles Davis and John Coltrane
Primarily Instrumental Set Delves Into Serious Jazz and is Final Santana Album with Guitarist Neil Schon
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity’s Hybrid SACD Slays Every Other Version
Santana, Abraxas, and Love Devotion Surrender Also Available from Mobile Fidelity
Recorded in 1972, Santana’s landmark Caravanserai marks the legendary guitarist’s foray into the jazzier, more adventurous territory that would define his career for the better part of the next two decades. Drawing from Miles Davis’ pioneering period work, Santana ups the musical complexity, ditching vocals on most tracks and embracing moodiness as a form of expression. Despite its sharp move away from conventional structures, Caravanserai reached the Top 10 of the Billboard charts and attained lavish critical acclaim.
Re-mastered from the original analog master tapes, Caravanserai benefits from Mobile Fidelity’s meticulous engineering, with the windows on the sparse production and the discernible live feel opening up on hybrid SACD with palpable transparency and exquisite detail. Brimming with atmospheric textures, three-dimensional spaciousness, and freshly uncovered microdynamics, this version follows on the heels of Mobile Fidelity’s definitive, critically acclaimed editions of Santana, Abraxas, and Love Devotion Surrender.
The last Santana effort to feature guitarist Neil Schon and organist Greg Rollie, who would leave and form Journey, Caravanserai also welcomed the arrival of keyboardist/composer Tom Coster, whose impact is immediately felt. Displaying no hints of the discord that would cause the ensemble to splinter after the record’s release, the band seamlessly melds with Santana’s divine jaunts into instrumental nirvana. And while prior releases spread the wealth, Santana’s role here is evidently clear from the start—this is where he’s elevated from a pioneering star to a guitar god. His guitar effortlessly darts amidst a rich aural canvas, knitted with contributions from a sextet of percussionists as well as Schon’s magisterial efforts.
With Santana, nothing is more important than soulfulness. And the profound spirituality and heartfelt expressiveness that pulse throughout the ten songs here are on par with the most personalized playing and music making he’s ever done. The highly original Caravanserai distinguishes itself from most instrumentally based albums in that its purpose isn’t to tout virtuosic jamming abilities but to take the listener places they’ve never been, and do so in a manner that’s cohesive, focused, and inventive. Santana delves deeply into jazz’s boundless possibilities without exploiting technique or structure, arriving at sonic intersections where jazz is the main landing spot for soul, Latin, and funk tangents.
Whether it is the deep sound of a saxophone, polyrhythmic beat of a groove, or the intricate bend of Santana’s guitar string, every nuance and note of Caravanserai is heard with supreme detail and clarity on this numbered, limited-edition hybrid SACD. We guarantee that you’ve never heard this record sound so lively, vivid, or monumental. Order your collector’s copy today!
Acoustic Bass – Tom Rutley
Bass – Douglas Rauch)
Bongos – Armando Peraza , Jose Chepito Areas, James Mingo Lewis
Drums – Mike Shrieve
Electric Piano – Tom Coster
Guitar – Douglas Rauch)
Lead Guitar – Carlos Santana
Organ – Gregg Rolie
Guitar & Vocals – Carlos Santana
Santana Caravanserai Track Listing:
1. "Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation" (Rutley/Schon/Shrieve) – 4:28
2. "Waves Within" (Rauch/Rolie/Santana) – 3:54
3. "Look Up (To See What's Coming Down)" (Rauch/Rolie/Santana) – 3:00
4. "Just in Time to See the Sun" (Rolie/Santana/Shrieve) – 2:18
5. "Song of the Wind" (Rolie/Santana/Schon) – 6:04
6. "All the Love of the Universe" (Santana/Schon) – 7:40
7. "Future Primitive" (Areas/Lewis) – 4:12
8. "Stone Flower" (Jobim/Santana/Shrieve) – 6:15
9. "La Fuente del Ritmo" (Lewis) – 4:34
10. "Every Step of the Way" (Shrieve) – 9:05
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.