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Shape Shifter (Awaiting Repress)The legendary Carlos Santana returns with his 36th album Shape Shifter and first since his 2010 covers album Guitar Heaven. The 13-song set is a journey featuring the soaring guitar leads, driving beats and beautifully crafted melodies that have made Santana a household name and one of music's most respected artists.
Consistent throughout the project is the world-class musicianship of the Santana Band members, who bring vitality and heart to every note. Santana will be kicking off a major Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay in May of 2012 and will tour throughout the summer. 180g vinyl LP with digital download card
Santana, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, has sold over 100 million albums worldwide throughout his career and an amazing 30 million albums in the last decade alone. In addition to 46 Platinum Certifications and 21 Gold Records, he has garnered 10 Grammy Awards.1. Shape Shifter
5. Angelica Faith
6. Never The Same Again
7. In The Light of a New Day
8. Spark of the Divine
9. Macumba In Budapest
10. Mr. Szabo
11. Eres La Luz
13. Ah, Sweet Dancer
$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Santana III (Awaiting Repress)Santana III on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label
Last Santana Album Recorded With Famed Woodstock Band
With Guitar Virtuoso Neal Schon in Fold, Santana Makes Musical Magic That Truly Spans the Globe years Before “World Music” Became a Genre
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI: LP Breathes With Sumptuous Warmth
The final Santana album recorded with the leader’s famed Woodstock lineup, one of the most capable and explosive bands ever assembled, Santana III (commonly referred to as The Third Album) is a beacon of Latin-tinged rock, melodic creativity, and cohesive interplay. The record also marks the debut of young guitar virtuoso Neal Schon, who functions as the ideal foil to Santana, whose playing on this 1971 set rivals that of the finest in his career. If not for arriving after the monumental Abraxas, it is likely Santana III would be mentioned in the same breath as groundbreaking psychedelic classics such as Bitches Brew. It’s that good.
Embracing the concept that all of the members should share their musical ideas, Santana added two crucial components to his band: Schon, discovered at the age of 15 playing in a Palo Alto club, and Thomas “Coke” Escovedo, who during the sessions temporarily replaced ill percussionist Chepito Areas, and whose percussive assistance helped define the album’s feel. With Schon in the fold, Santana strives for the unknown, and yet, manages to stave off the numbing excesses that define much of the period’s output.
From the opening “Batuka,” peppered with Schon’s stirring guitar lines, to the sensitive “Everything Is Coming Our Way,” infused with a mesmerizing Hammond organ underpinning that supports Santana’s vocal pathos, the record teams with inventiveness. Involving albeit accessible concoctions of funk, jazz, rock, blues, and soul run throughout the set. Spanish-styled flavors infuse a majority of the material, ranging from the salsa piano on “Guarjira” to the distinctive “No One to Depend On,” a lively take on the cha-cha-cha.
A globe-spanning armada of percussive instruments—timbales, congas, drums, vibes, tambourines, and more—as well as the existence of a three-person percussion team that fits in harmoniously with Santana, Schon, and company makes Santana III a masterful accomplishment in musical chemistry and the exploration of true world craft.
The Silver Label LP of Santana III breathes with sumptuous warmth and you-are-there realism. The tension of Schon’s guitar lines, the album’s open sound, and extensive use of studio echoes (check the presence of the backward echo on “No One to Depend On”) fill the soundstage, replete with the kind of depth and dynamics one expects from a first-rate audiophile recording.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Batuka
2. No One to Depend On
4. Toussaint L'Overture
5. Everybody's Everything
7. Jungle Strut
8. Everything's Coming Our Way
9. Para los Rumberos
$24.99Vinyl LP - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Borboletta (Awaiting Repress)40th Anniversary Limited Edition
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Presentation!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Pressed At R.T.I.
1974 shows Carlos Santana and The Santana Band evolving into one of the world’s most loved and arena packing bands of all time. After several studio albums and the two live albums with Lotus and Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live!, the world was now buzzing around the energy that these superstars would lay down on vinyl with the classic Borboletta.
Featuring a cross section of Santana hits like Mirage, Practice What You Preach, and Give and Take, plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts like One With the Sun, and the stellar orchestrated Aspirations, Carlos Santana’s guitar was explosive as ever.
The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for decades — that is until now…
Friday Music continues our exclusive Santana 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking first time North American release of the 1974 smash Borboletta. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and pressed at R.T.I., this super limited first time North American 180 Gram masterwork is truly one of the best Santana albums to ever be released, and we are very excited to offer you this authorized 180 Gram LP today.
Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original Santana band mates Michel Shrieve on his dynamic drums, both Doug Rauch and David Brown on his prolific bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion, plus the brilliant r&b and funk superstar Leon Patillo on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Peraza, the legendary team of Airto on percussion and Flora Purim on vocals, Stanley Clarke on bass, and the stellar keyboard work of long time Santana associate Tom Coster.
As an added 40th Anniversary Borboletta bonus, we are including a first time gatefold cover, restoring the original album cover elements to their full glory which will further enhance your listening experience.
Let’s all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Borboletta by Santana. Authentic, Authorized and Absolutely Santana as only you would expect from your friends at Friday Music!1. Spring Manifestations
2. Canto de los Flores
3. Life Is Anew
4. Give and Take
5. One With the Sun
7. Practice What You Preach
9. Here and Now
10. Flor de Canela
11. Promise of a Fisherman
$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LPAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Caravanserai (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)
To attempt to categorise Carlos Santana’s music is, for the prophets of rock music, rather like dancing on the edge of a volcano. While the New York Times acclaimed the band as a reincarnation of Dizzy Gillespie’s Cuban-jazz bigband from the end of the Forties, the specialist magazine Rolling Stone spoke of a »methadrine trip without visions«. Organ-player Gregg Rolie offered a very simple explanation of the origins of the highly differentiated sound colouring and the throb and chirp of the Afro-Cuban polyrhythms: he succinctly remarked that each member of the multi-cultural band "just played the music which he had grown up with".
Just how thrilling this sounds is already evident from the first number on the disc, with its sounds of nature, twisted rhythms, and little snatches of melody, which – as in several other titles – remains spellbinding even without the fascinating drive of Santana’s lead-sound. Of course there is plenty of solo material on the guitar which manifests itself in exuberant improvisations with a fusion of rock, salsa and jazz elements. When listening to this well-oiled rhythm machine, one quite rightly gets the impression that this unique band has stretched itself to its limits, and it is not by mere coincidence that they split up shortly afterwards. What has remained is one of the most powerful Santana records ever made.
- Carlos Santana (guitar, percussion)
- Hadley Caliman (saxophone)
- Gregg Rolie (organ, piano)
- Wendy Haas (piano)
- Tom Coster (electric piano)
- Neal Schon (guitar)
- Douglas Rauch (guitar, bass)
- Tom Rutley (bass)
- Mike Shrieve (drums)
- Jose Chepito Areas, Armando Peraza (percussion)
Recording: February and May 1972
Production: Carlos Santana and Michael Shrieve
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s – or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky“), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects – excluding the exception above – and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Eternal Caravan Of Reincarnation
2. Waves Within
3. Look Up (To See What's Coming Down)
4. Just In Time To See The Sun
5. Song Of The Wind
6. All The Love Of The Universe
7. Future Primitive
8. Stone Flower
9. La Fuente Del Ritmo
10. Every Step Of The Way$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Lotus (Awaiting Repress)40th Anniversary Limited Edition
First-Time North American Release on Vinyl
Stunning 3 LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Original Japanese Tri-Fold LP Cover
First Time Psychedelic Artwork Insert Enclosed
Pressed at R.T.I.
On July 3rd and 4th, 1973, Carlos Santana and The Santana Band played two very incredible shows 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 audiophile skills, ran tape and the rest is now classic rock history.
Initially released in Japan , the monumental 3 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, Lotus was also known for its extensive tri-fold LP cover and beautifully detailed artwork elements all the way down to each personalized record label. This 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 like 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 was explosive as ever as witnessed by the cheers and shouts from the jubilant audience.
The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for decades - that is until now…..Friday Music continues our exclusive Santana 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking first time North American release of the deluxe 3 LP 180 Gram LP 1974 smash Lotus. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and pressed at R.T.I., this super limited first time North American 180 Gram masterwork is truly one of the finest live albums to ever be released, and we are very excited to offer you this authorized 180 Gram LP today.
Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original Santana 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 long time Santana associate Tom Coster.
As an added bonus, the original trifold cover art and the special psychedelic insert artwork are now restored to their full glory which will further enhance your listening experience with deep tracks from hit albums like Abraxas, Welcome, Caravanserai and Santana 1 and 3.
Let’s all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Lotus by Santana. Authentic, Authorized, and Absolutely Live Santana as only you would expect from your friends at Friday Music!LP 1
1. Going Home
2. A -1 Funk
3. E Very Step Of The Way
4. Bla Ck Magic Woman
5. Gypsy Queen
6. Oye Como Va
7. Your S Is The Light
8. Batu Ka
9. Xibaba (she-ba-ba)
1. Stone Flower (Introduction)
2. Waitin G
3. A Stillos De Arena Part 1 (Sand Castle)
4. Free Angela (Bayete)
5. Samba De Sausalito
7. Kyoto (Drum Solo)
8. Castillos De Arena Part 2 (Sand Castle)
9. Se A Cabo
1. Samba Pa Ti
2. Mr Udo
3. Tou Ssaint L’Overture
4. In Cident At Neshabur
$56.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPsAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Santana Greatest Hits (1974) (Awaiting Repress)Santana's Greatest Hits is a 1974 compilation album that offers highlights from the group's first three albums.1. Evil Ways
2. Jingo (Single Version)
3. Hope You're Feeling Better (Album Version)
4. Samba Pa Ti (Album Version)
5. Persuasion (Album Version)
6. Black Magic Woman (Album Version)
7. Oye Como Va (Album Version)
8. Everything's Coming Our Way
9. Se a Cabo (Album Version)
10. Everybody's Everything (Album Version)
$19.99Vinyl LP - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now