Santana Santana III Numbered Limited Edition LP
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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.
About Silver Series: From Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, the MoFi Silver
Label Vinyl Series features an eclectic mix of recordings. This series is
mastered and cut on the famous Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system. Vinyl is pressed at RTI on
audiophile-grade standard vinyl and are numbered limited-editions. Future
releases will continue to stretch stylistic boundaries, as the MoFi Silver Label
continues to explore music from many different genres. Expand your musical
horizons with the Silver Label!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
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