Audio Beat Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
Numbered, Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile
1973 Jazz Fusion Smash Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Dynamics, Tones, Textures Rise to the Surface!
Meeting of Two Masters Yields Spiritual Transcendence! Aural Nirvana Inspired by John Coltrane and the Guitarists’ Search for Enlightenment.
Two guitar giants. A collective band comprised of virtuosic instrumentalists.
One shared goal. And one tremendous album, commonly referred to as the
equivalent of aural nirvana. Still the only meeting of Santana and John
McLaughlin, Love Devotion Surrender more than lives up to the promise offered by
its principal creators as it’s a spiritual journey based in divine faith,
religious toleration, and the forward-thinking philosophy that music can take us
closer to the truth. These enlightening concepts are reflected in the playing of
Santana and McLaughlin, who repeatedly hit a higher plane on this stunning 1973
Re-mastered from the original analog master tapes, Love Devotion Surrender
benefits from Mobile Fidelity’s meticulous engineering, with the windows on the
finite give-and-take passages, sustained notes, and acoustic textures thrown
open on hybrid SACD with palpable transparency and exquisite detail. Brimming
with atmospheric textures, three-dimensional spaciousness, and sterling
microdynamics, this version follows on the heels of Mobile Fidelity’s
definitive, critically acclaimed editions of Santana, Abraxas, and Caravanserai.
Having each become a follower of Indian guru Sri Chinmoy, Santana and McLaughlin
began playing together in 1972, with each legend currently in the midst of
personal and creative transition. Santana was moving away from rock-based songs
in favor of exploratory jazz-rock fusion. McLaughlin had already achieved fame
with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, on the brink of collapse due to disagreements
within the band. On Love Devotion Surrender, the duo pools its interest in
spirituality and transcendence into expressively gorgeous art steeped in
improvisational lines, ecstatic chords, and sensitive organ accompaniment
courtesy of the record’s best-kept secret, Larry Young.
In addition to the search for sacred soulfulness, the common denominator
throughout is John Coltrane, who engaged in similar pursuits during the 1960s.
Two of the five compositions are interpretations of Coltrane standards while the
lynchpin, a nearly 16-minute investigation into the traditional “Let Us Go Into
the House of the Lord,” seamlessly integrates melodic structure, jazz phrasing,
gospel mysticism, and tonal shaping into one of the most hopeful and uplifting
pieces of music you’ll ever hear.
Laden with delicate acoustic touches and gentle piano touches as well as
powerful staccato bursts and fast-paced bongo percussion, Love Devotion
Surrender contains a highly dynamic mix of tempos, textures, and contrasts that
have never shone like they do on Mobile Fidelity’s numbered, limited-edition
hybrid SACD. This audiophile edition brings the performers’ spirituality to the
fore with extraordinary realism, while the pinpoint imaging — Santana primarily
on the left, McLaughlin on the right — allows each musicians’ contributions to
soar. If you’re a fan of the guitar, jazz, or music that literally elevates you
to an ethereal place, this is a must.
"If you love hard-driving guitar backed by jazz greats Larry Young on organ and Billy Cobham on drums, playing a
memorable version of "A Love Supreme" along with other equally fine tunes, this is the SACD for you." - Dennis Davis,
www.theaudiobeat.com, Music 4/5, Sound 4/5
"Listening to this release over 40 years later in glorious, shimmering hi-res SACD stereo, with remastering at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, by Rob Lo Verde, we hear how the music recorded then was influenced by Miles Davis' electric period." - John Sunier, www.audaud.com, 3.5 Stars!
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
Carlos Santana, guitar
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, guitar, piano
Khalid Yasin (Larry Young), organ
Armando Peraza, congas
Doug Rauch, bass
Billy Cobham, Don Alias, Jan Hammer, Mike Shrieve, drums
1. A Love Supreme
3. The Life Divine
4. Let us Go Into the House of the Lord