July 31, 2020
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SUCH A DEAL… SANTANA – ABRAXAS - BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW & FACTORY SEALED… 2-LP box set issued by the famous audiophile label, "MFSL / MOFI - Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab" - super RARE audiophile title, out of print and limited to a very small number of copies, worldwide.
The 2-LP boxed set was made by MFSL and is highly collectible. I WILL MAIL IT TO YOU WITH TENDER LOVING CARE, INCLUDING USPS TRACKING. I WILL EVEN INSURE IT FOR LOSS AND DAMAGE, WHILE IN THE HANDS OF THE USPS, FOR THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE AMOUNT, FOR FREE. WHO ELSE DOES THAT? YOU WILL LOVE IT. The pictures shown are stock photos. I've had a few of these great sets and keep searching for more (which is really getting difficult and very expensive). To make things easier for me, I show these stock photos, without a number, (normally printed within that space provided) which represents a Brand New, Sealed set. Other than the number, they are all identical. If a number is requested by a potential buyer I will tell them the next lowest number I have at the time. As far as pressing, they are all from Mobile Fidelity's exclusive UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) series.
Track Listing -
Winds, Crying Beasts - Written-By – Michael Carabello
A2. Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen - Written-By – Gabor Szabo, Peter Green - 5:17
B1. Oye Como Va - Vocals – Rico Reyes Written-By – Tito Puente - 4:17
B2. Incident At Neshabur - Piano – Alberto Gianquinto Written-By – Alberto Gianquinto, Carlos Santana - 4:58
A Cabo - Arranged By – C. Areas Written-By – Chepito Areas
C2. Mother's Daughter - Written-By – Gregg Rolie - 4:25
Pa Ti - Arranged By – Gregg Rolie Arranged By, Written-By
– Carlos Santana - 4:46
D2. Hope You're Feeling Better - Written-By – Gregg Rolie - 4:10
D3. El Nicoya - Arranged By – C. Areas, M. Carabello, Rico Reyes Vocals, Percussion – Rico Reyes Written-By – Chepito Areas - 1:29
Credits / Performers (see performer details in track listing above) -
By – Santana (tracks: A1 to A4, B2, B4)
• Artwork [Cover Art] – MATI
• Bass Guitar – Dave Brown
• Congas – Mike Carabello
• Drums – Mike Shrieve
• Engineer – David Brown, John Fiore
• Graphics – Bob Venosa
• Keyboards, Vocals – Gregg Rolie
• Lead Guitar, Vocals – Carlos Santana
• Management [Personal] – Stan Moon Marcum
• Photography By [Cover] – Marian Schmidt
• Photography By [Inside] – Joan Chase
• Producer – Fred Catero, Santana
• Remastered By – Krieg Wunderlich
• Supervised By [Continuity] – Annie Rudder
• Timbales, Congas – Jose Areas
Other Information -
Limited-Edition UltraDisc One-Step 45RPM Vinyl 2-LP Box Set
Exclusively limited to 2,500 copies
Comes with frameable print of album cover art, one page insert extolling the virtues of the One Step process, business card for the artist and facsimile of an ORIGINAL MASTER RECORDING sleeve foldout.
Each record comes in individual black cardboard sleeve marked LP ONE and LP TWO respectively.
• Manufactured By – Sony Music Entertainment "Columbia"
• Recorded At – Wally Heider Studios
• Recorded At – Pacific Recording Studios
• Pressed By – Record Technology Incorporated – 22707
• Pressed By – Record Technology Incorporated – 22708
• Remastered At – Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Copyright (c) – Columbia Records
• Manufactured For – Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Inc.
The title is from the ultra-rare MFSL series of audiophile LPs.
MFSL / MOFI / Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab RECORDS
LPs made in the USA
Pressings are in STEREO
Made with 180-gram vinyl, comes in a luxurious boxed set
Record vintage = limited and numbered edition, made in 2016
LP catalog # UD1S 2-001
The BOX SET is in Mint condition. Everything is factory sealed and perfect.
Second studio album from the Carlos Santana band and widely acclaimed as his masterpiece, presented here with corrected stereo channel orientation, newly remastered and sounding better than ever as the result of being expertly remastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by MFSL with the new Ultradisc One-Step UD1S process!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rated 207/500
Limited Edition Box Set
UltraDisc One-Step UD1S
180 Gram High Definition Vinyl
2LP 45rpm Pressed at RTI, USA
Half-Speed mastering on MFSL Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
Cut from the Original Analog Master Tapes
Mastered by Krieg Wunderlich
Deluxe gold-foiled box set
Contains special jackets and unique insert
Fine-art print of the original Mati Klarwein cover painting
Picking up on the momentum of the band's excellent 1969 self-titled debut and drifting into edgier, more versatile territory, Abraxas is the confident sound of Santana stretching out and carving its own Latin rock subgenre. The 1970 set immediately captured the public's ear, spending six weeks as the nation's #1 album and spawning the cosmic "Black Magic Woman" as a Top 5 single that's since become one of the most widely recognized songs in history. A confluence of celebratory vibes, bluesy jams, mellow vocals, and hip-shaking grooves, Abraxas is a cornerstone of any music collection and nothing short of legendary. Mysticism and spirituality abound. Wild, free, and loose, Santana conjures the feeling of mountains and rivers on the lead-off instrumental "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts," leads a salsa parade on the definitive version of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," and explores its sensual side on the stellar showcase "Samba Pa Ti," a tune indicative of the album's Latin vibes and percussion. Sonically, Abraxas takes advantage of studio techniques such as cross-fading and mixing lacking on its predecessor. "Dissatisfied with the sound of their debut, the group brought in as a co-producer veteran jazz engineer Fred Catero, whose skills proved invaluable in balancing the new range of musical flavors Santana [was] bringing into its sound: the result was a giant step on from [the band's] debut." – The Mojo Collection book on the Greatest Albums of All Time. Mobile Fidelity's Premier UltraDisc One-Step Release: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Santana Abraxas UD1S 45RPM Box Set Reaches Sonic Heights Never Before Achieved by Analog. Deluxe Packaging Includes Opulent Box, Special Jackets, Unique Insert, and Fine-Art Print of the Original Mati Klarwein Painting: No Expense Spared Exclusively Limited to Just 2500 Copies. Get Literally and Figuratively Closer to the Music of Santana's 1970 Masterwork: Includes "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va". Santana's iconic Abraxas, the debut release in Mobile Fidelity's exclusive UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) series, reaches three-dimensional sonic and emotional heights never before attained by analog recordings on this extremely limited 180g 45RPM vinyl 2LP box set. Created in finite batches for the ultimate in sound quality, UD1S uses a one-step lacquer process that yields vinyl with the lowest-possible noise floor, exponentially greater details, and significantly enhanced dynamics. This ultra-hi-fi audiophile edition literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music of this 1970 masterpiece, which spent six weeks atop the charts and spawned the cosmic staple "Black Magic Woman." Experienced via UD1S, Abraxas is the ultimate confluence of celebratory vibes, bluesy jams, mellow vocals, and hip-shaking grooves. You've never heard Santana's peak creations come to life in such lifelike fashion or against such dead-quiet, squid-ink-black backgrounds. The deluxe packaging and gorgeous presentation of this Abraxas pressing befit its extremely select status. Housed in an opulent box, this UD1S edition contains special jackets and a unique insert that further illuminate the genius of the recording. A special fine-art print of the original Mati Klarwein painting used on the cover, and which depicts the image in its entirety, is also included. No expense has been spared. Aurally and visually, this Abraxas is the intentional opposite of the modern era's mindlessly dismissive ways of hearing music. It is a curatorial artifact meant to be preserved, poured over, touched, and examined. Intended to be passed on to future generations. it is made for discerning listeners that prize sound and creativity, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in the music – and everything involved with the album, from the graphics to the textures. Most fans don't require any introduction to the exotic worlds conjured by Abraxas. Thematically, mysticism and spirituality abound. Wild, free, and loose, Santana evokes the feeling of mountains and rivers on the lead-off instrumental "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts," leads a salsa parade on the definitive version of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," and explores its sensual side on the stellar showcase "Samba Pa Ti," a tune indicative of the album's Latin vibes and percussion. Abraxas also takes advantage of studio techniques such as cross-fading and mixing lacking on its predecessor. These aspects – as well as the finest nuances of Santana's guitar tones, decay of Gregg Rolie's organ, percussive ripple of Jose Areas' timbal and conga beats, and low-end sway of Dave Brown's bass – can be enjoyed in complete full-range, spectacularly balanced glory on UD1S. More About Mobile Fidelity UltraDisc One-Step and Why It Is Superior… Instead of utilizing the industry-standard three-step lacquer process, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's new UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) uses only one step, bypassing two processes of generational loss. While three-step processing is designed for optimum yield and efficiency, UD1S is created for the ultimate in sound quality. Just as Mobile Fidelity pioneered the UHQR (Ultra High-Quality Record) with JVC in the 1980s, UD1S again represents another state-of-the-art advance in the record-manufacturing process. MFSL engineers begin with the original master tapes and meticulously cut a set of lacquers. These lacquers are used to create a very fragile, pristine UD1S stamper called a "convert." Delicate "converts" are then formed into the actual record stampers, producing a final product that literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music. By skipping the additional steps of pulling another positive and an additional negative, as done in the three-step process used in standard pressings, UD1S produces a final LP with the lowest noise floor possible today. The removal of the additional two steps of generational loss in the plating process reveals tremendous amounts of extra musical detail and dynamics, which are otherwise lost due to the standard copying process. The exclusive nature of these very limited pressings guarantees that every UD1S pressing serves as an immaculate replica of the lacquer sourced directly from the original master tape. Every conceivable aspect of vinyl production is optimized to produce the most perfect record album available today.