Santana Lotus on limited edition 180-gram triple LP
Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios
Pressed at RTI, marking 40th anniversary of the recording
One of just two "5-star" ranked Santana albums by Rolling Stone
Original trifold cover art and special psychedelic insert artwork fully restored!
Carlos Santana and the Santana Band played two very incredible shows on July 3 and 4, 1973, for thousands of their delighted fans in Osaka, Japan. Cleverly capturing this historic event for a soon to be released live album, Lotus, the executives at Sony Music Japan, known for their masterful recording skills, ran tape and the rest is now classic rock history.
Initially released in Japan, the monumental three LP set Lotus would become one of the most celebrated live albums of the band's career with the extensive two-hour performance of nonstop hits and deep album track masterpieces. The album would soon become one of the most expensive imported albums at the time, as collectors and Santana fans in the states would pay serious dollars to get this incredible concert extravaganza.
Featuring a cross section of Santana hits such as "Black Magic Woman," "Oye Como Va," "Waiting," and "Every Step Of The Way," plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts like "Batuka," "Mantra" and the beautifully orchestrated instrumental "Samba Pa Ti," Carlos Santana's guitar work is also as explosive as ever which is reinforced here by the enthusiastic audience.
Santana is joined here by original band mates Michel Shrieve on his dynamic drums, Doug Rauch on his prolific bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion, plus the brilliant jazz and funk superstar Leon Thomas on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Perez, and the stellar keyboard work of longtime associate Tom Coster.
Of the dozens of Santana albums, Rolling Stone gives five stars to only two - "Lotus" and "Abraxas." The original album featured superb art direction with a multilevel fold-out cover of psychedelic bent, reflecting Carlos Santana's immersion in spirituality. 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.”