SOME STUFFS: Audio Fidelity remasters Santana’s live album “Lotus”

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Due to the power and strength of this album, many people believe Santana’s 1974 live album Lotus was a Japan-only release. It was recorded in Japan but it was released in the U.S. as well. It was recorded during the era when the band were in Caravanserai mode so they were a few steps away from what made them famouis and getting deeper into jazz and jazz fusion. A few years later, they would step out of that phase and get into something more pop friendly but many had hoped they would return and get back into Lotus mode. Audio Fidelity are remastering it for release as a double hybrid SACD set, and this set is being done not only by Steve Hoffman but he gets assistance from Stephen Marsh. If you miss the time when Santana were wanting to continue the traditions of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, you’ll love this. This will be released on November 25th and is available for pre-order below through

RECORD CRACK: MFSL release new audiophile pressing of Santana’s “Abraxas”

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The album has sold millions of copies since it was released 46 years ago and you hear two of its hit singles continuously on the radio every day. In fact, wait an hour and you may end up hearing “Black Magic Woman” (and “Gypsy Queen”) or “Oye Como Va” at one point. Of course, I speak of Santana’s classic second album released in 1970 called Abraxas. If you have been collecting albums released by the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, you most likely have come across their 1991 pressing of the Abraxas CD at one point or another, as it remains one of the best remasters they’ve done. When MFSL, now known as MOFI, did a new pressing in 2008, it still sold very well.

This time, MFSL/MOFI are releasing it on vinyl again but in a way never done before: as a 2-record set and at 45 rpm. Only 2500 copies have been made and per the norm, once they sell out, it’s over, expect to pay high collector’s prices.

SOME STUFFS: Santana goes back to an instrumental vibe with new album, ready to hit the road this summer
With a new album that debuted at #16 on Billboard‘s Albums chart, Carlos Santana proves that he is not ready to rest just yet. Santana‘s new album, Shape Shifter (Starfaith), was released last week and fans immediately responded by buying the brand new 13-song album that marks his return to instrumental nirvana. In truth, all but one song are instrumentals, and for fans who have been waiting for him to “get back” to the wizardry he is known for, well, the chart position is the proof.

With a new album comes a tour, and after these shows, he will be doing a co-headling tour with The Allman Brothers Band.

July 7… Hinckley, MN (Grand Casino Mille Lacs)
July 9… Highland Park, IL (Ravinia Festival)
July 10… Kettering, OH (Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts)
July 11… Toledo, OH (Toledo Zoo Amphitheater)
July 13… Mount Pleasant, MI (Soaring Eagle Casino Resort)
July 14… West Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
July 15… Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 17… Boston, MA (Bank of America Pavilion)
July 18… Gilford, NH (Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion)
July 20-21… Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center)

SOME STUFFS: Ozomatli are prepared to “Fire Away”

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Fifteen years after they found each other and started a band, Ozomatli continue recording, touring, and doing sonic damage around the world. The band will be releasing a brand new album on Mercer Street Records called Fire Away, scheduled for release on April 20th. The album will be available for pre-order via iTunes on March 23rd.

The group are currently on tour, head on over to for details. There are no scheduled concert plans for 4/20, but if there are, I’ll keep you posted.