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Santana – Santana III (1971) [Japan 2021] MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Santana – Santana III (1971) [Japan 2021]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:22 minutes | Scans included | 2,87 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:16 m | Scans included | 1,17 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 41:16 m | Scans included | 1,01 GB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic Surround Sound | Sony Japan # SICJ 10138

“Santana (III)” is Santana’s third studio album and was released in September 1971. It is often referred to simply as “III” or as “Man with An Outstretched Hand”. The third and last album by the same members who played at Woodstock, it has been considered by many to be the band’s peak, musically. The album was the last Santana album to reach #1 on the charts until Supernatural in 1999. This original Japanese release becomes available as SA-CD Multi Hybrid edition for the first time in the world. The SACD layer uses a DSD master converted from the original “Quadraphonic (4ch)” master. The CD layer uses 2ch mix master from SACD (latest remastering). Features a 7-inch mini LP cover artwork.

Santana III is an album that undeservingly stands in the shadows behind the towering legend that is the band’s second album, Abraxas. This was also the album that brought guitarist Neal Schon – who was 17 years old – into the original core lineup of Santana. Percussionist Thomas “Coke” Escovedo was brought in to replace (temporarily) José Chepitó Areas, who had suffered a brain aneurysm, yet who recovered quickly and rejoined the band. The rest were Carlos, organist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Schrieve, bassist David Brown, and conguero Michael Carabello. “Batuka” is the powerful first evidence of something being very different. The band was rawer, darker, and more powerful with twin leads and Schon’s harder, edgier rock & roll sound paired with Carlos’ blend of ecstatic high notes and soulful fills. It cooks – funky, mean, and tough. “Batuka” immediately transforms itself into “No One to Depend On,” by Escovedo, Carabello, and Rolie. The middle section is highlighted by frantic handclaps, call-and-response lines between Schon and Rolie, and Carlos joining the fray until the entire track explodes into a frenzied finale. And what’s most remarkable is that the set just keeps on cooking, from the subtle slow burn of “Taboo” to the percussive jam workout that is “Toussaint l’Overture,” a live staple in the band’s set list recorded here for the first time (and featuring some cooking Rolie organ work at its beginning). “Everybody’s Everything” is here, as is “Guajira” and “Jungle Strut” – tunes that are still part of Santana’s live show. With acoustic guitars, gorgeous hand percussion, and Santana’s fragile lead vocal, “Everything’s Coming Our Way” is the only “feel good” track here, but it’s a fitting way to begin winding the album down with its Schon and Santana guitar breaks. The album ends with a completely transformed reading of Tito Puente’s “Para los Rumberos,” complete with horns and frantic, almost insanely fast hand drumming and cowbell playing. It’s an album that has aged extremely well due to its spare production (by Carlos and the band) and its live sound. This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision.


01. Batuka
02. No One to Depend On
03. Taboo
04. Toussaint L’Overture
05. Everybody’s Everything
06. Guajira
07. Jungle Strut
08. Everything’s Coming Our Way
09. Para los Rumberos

Gregg Rolie – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
Carlos Santana – guitar, vocals, lead vocals on “8”
Neal Schon – guitar
David Brown – bass
Michael Shrieve – drums, percussion
José “Chepito” Areas – percussion, conga, timbales, drums
Mike Carabello – percussion, conga, tambourine, vocals

Recorded from January to July 4, 1971 at Columbia Studios, San Francisco, CA.
Quadraphonic Sound Supervision: Al Lawrence. Quadraphonic Remix Engineer: Larry Keyes.










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