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  CS 65490
  Santana: Abraxas

Track listing:
  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
9. El Nicoya
10. Se a Cabo [live]
11. Toussaint l'Overture [live]
12. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
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Recording info:
  SRGS-4583 in Japan

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Review by Khorn June 30, 2003 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
As a long time fan of the Santana "Trilogy" I love this album. But, (flog me with wet noodles if you will) I find that the SACD, while the best digital incarnation that I have heard so far, is lacking a bit of weight and presence that I have experienced with this recording in the past.

Having said the above, if this is one of your faves by all means purchase it as it has much to offer as stated by previous reviewers here.

I would very much like to see another re-mastering of this title along with the first and third Santana albums. I'll certainly plunk down my "coin of the realm" as soon as they hit the 'on line stores'.

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Review by gregs1104 January 30, 2010 (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This is a quite mediocre SACD release, from the early set Sony crapped out as part of the format introduction. You want the recent MoFi CD remaster instead.

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Review by analogue May 19, 2009 (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
A great classic rock album favourite and one of Santana'a best if not their best album.

Problem??? yes...big time. This sacd come out right around the time that Sony was introducing sacd to the world and as was the case with them they cheated their would be new customers. Much like the Boston sacd and the Journey sacd's I really believe that they used a low rez pcm master that was used for the regular cd edition. As such this sacd is brittle and bright sounding.

I have heard descriptions of this album from fans and how it really sounds on vinyl but none of those adjectives apply to this sacd.

Recently I purchased a new power supply for my pre amp which lowered the noise floor considerably. This sacd does not make the cut now as its limitations are more than obvious. The mid range is weak as is any musical presence. There is some three dimensional imaging going on as a plus but the bass while deep is listless and boring. Just a thud really.

Mobile fidelity released a new cd version of this album and I intend to buy that one. The reviews are awesome. To bad they cant make an sacd as well. It would be spectacular.

Not recommended. Another fine example where we say...what could have been.

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