Lotus (Santana album)

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Lotus
SantanaLotusAlbum.jpg
Live album by Santana
Released May 1974
Recorded July 3rd and 4th, 1973
Venue Kosei Nenkin Hall,[1][2]
Osaka, Japan
Genre Jazz-rock, funk rock, rhythm and blues
Length 121:08 (original LP); 118:51 (1991 2CD reissue); 156:18 (2017 3CD reissue)
Label Columbia
CBS
Producer Carlos Santana, Richard Kermode, Michael Shrieve, Doug Rauch, Tom Coster, Armando Peraza, Jose Chepito Areas
Santana chronology
Welcome
(1973)Welcome1973
Lotus
(1974)
Greatest Hits
(1974)Greatest Hits1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

Lotus is a 1974 live album by the Latin rock band Santana, recorded at the Osaka Kosei Nenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan in 1973. It was originally released in 1974 as a triple vinyl LP in Japan only.[4] This version of the album was later released internationally.

In 2017 a limited edition version was released as "Lotus: Complete Edition". This release is a 3 disc set hybrid Super Audio CD with seven previously unreleased bonus tracks. This was also a Japan only release.

Original release[edit]

The 1973 live recordings were mixed in 4-channel quadraphonic sound and released in the CBS Stereo Quadraphonic (SQ) matrix system. The SQ encoding makes it possible to format all 4 channels into a 2 channel stereo version, which is compatible with conventional stereo playback equipment. Some releases of this mix have been marked as "Quadraphonic" or "SQ" and some are not. However, all known releases of Lotus prior to 2017 use the same SQ encoded 2 channel recordings. The 4 channels can still be heard on modern equipment provided that the listener has a proper SQ decoder and 4 channel playback system.

After the initial Japan release the complete 3-LP set was released in Europe in the 1970s. The first U.S. release was in 1991 as a 2-CD set. It re-issued again on vinyl in the Netherlands and on CD in Japan in 2006 as a 3-CD set. It was also re-issued as a 3-LP set in the US in 2013. In 2016 this version was also released in the United States by Audio Fidelity on a 2 disc set on Super Audio CD.

2017 "Complete" Edition[edit]

In 2017 "Lotus: Complete Edition" was released in Japan as a 3 disc set hybrid Super Audio CD. Seven bonus tracks were added. In addition to 4.0 surround sound audio there are stereo SACD tracks as well as a stereo CD layer which can be played on conventional CD players.

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Meditation" (John McLaughlin) – 1:40
  2. "Going Home" (Coltrane, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 2:53 (from Welcome)
  3. "A-1 Funk" (Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 3:13 (New track)
  4. "Every Step of the Way" (Shrieve) – 11:30 (from Caravanserai)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Black Magic Woman" (Green) – 3:38 (from Abraxas)
  2. "Gypsy Queen" (Szabó) – 3:58 (from Abraxas)
  3. "Oye Como Va" (Puente) – 5:47 (from Abraxas)
  4. "Yours Is the Light" (Kermode) – 5:30 (Welcome)
  5. "Batukada" (Areas, Brown, Carabello, Rolie, Shrieve) – 0:55 (from Santana III)
  6. "Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba)" (Airto) – 4:13 (New track)

Side three[edit]

  1. "Stone Flower (Introduction)" (Jobim) – 1:14 (from Caravanserai)
  2. "Waiting" (Santana) – 4:14 (from Santana
  3. "Castillos de Arena Part 1 (Sand Castle)" (Corea, Young, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 2:51 (New track)
  4. "Free Angela" (Bayete) – 4:26 (New track)
  5. "Samba de Sausalito" (Areas) – 4:02 (from the following Welcome)

Side four[edit]

  1. "Mantra" (Coster, Santana, Shrieve) – 7:17 (New track)
  2. "Kyoto (Drum Solo) (Shrieve) – 9:58 (New track)
  3. "Castillos de Arena Part 2 (Sand Castle)" (Corea, Young, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 1:13 (New track)
  4. "Se a Cabo" (Areas) – 5:39 (from Abraxas)

Side five[edit]

  1. "Samba Pa' Ti" (Santana) – 8:56 (from Abraxas)
  2. "Savor" (Areas, Brown, Carabello, Rolie, Santana, Shrieve) – 3:06
  3. "Toussaint L'Overture" (Areas, Brown, Carabello, Rolie, Santana, Shrieve) – 7:40 (from Santana III)

Side six[edit]

  1. "Incident at Neshabur" (Cianquinto, Santana) – 17:15 (from Abraxas)

1991 CD reissue[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Going Home" (Alice Coltrane, Carlos Santana, Tom Coster, Richard Kermode, Douglas Rauch, Michael Shrieve, José Areas, Armando Peraza) – 3:33 (from Welcome (1973))
  2. "A-1 Funk" (Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 3:13 (New track (1973))
  3. "Every Step of the Way" (Shrieve) – 11:30 (from Caravanserai (1972))
  4. "Black Magic Woman" (Peter Green) – 3:38 (from Abraxas (1970))
  5. "Gypsy Queen" (Gábor Szabó) – 3:58 (from Abraxas)
  6. "Oye Como Va" (Tito Puente) – 5:47 (from Abraxas)
  7. "Yours Is the Light" (Kermode) – 5:30 (from Welcome)
  8. "Batuka" (Areas, David Brown, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Shrieve) – 0:55 (from Santana III (1971))
  9. "Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba)" (Airto Moreira) – 4:13 (New track)
  10. "Stone Flower (Introduction)" (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Santana, Shrieve) – 1:14 (from Caravanserai)
  11. "Waiting" (Santana) – 4:14 (from Santana (1969))
  12. "Castillos de Arena Part 1 (Sand Castle)" (Chick Corea, Joaquim Young, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 2:51 (New track)
  13. "Free Angela" (Todd Cochran aka Bayete) – 4:26 (New track)
  14. "Samba de Sausalito" (Areas) – 4:02 (from Welcome)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Mantra" (Coster, Santana, Shrieve) – 7:17 (New track)
  2. "Kyoto (Drum Solo) (Shrieve) – 9:58 (New track)
  3. "Castillos de Arena Part 2 (Sand Castle)" (Corea, Young, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 1:13 (New track)
  4. "Incident at Neshabur" (Alberto Gianquinto, Santana) – 15:57 (from Abraxas)
  5. "Se a Cabo" (Areas) – 5:39 (from Abraxas)
  6. "Samba Pa Ti" (Santana) – 8:56 (from Abraxas)
  7. "Mr. Udo" (Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 3:07 (re-titled from "Savor")
  8. "Toussaint L'Overture" (Areas, Brown, Carabello, Rolie, Santana, Shrieve) – 7:40 (from Santana III)

Japanese 3-CD[edit]

Like the vinyl (two sides per CD) but with "Mr. Udo" in place of "Savor".

2017 Japanese 3-SACD[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Meditation" - 1:39
  2. "Going Home" (Anton Dvorák, arranged by Alice Coltrane, Carlos Santana, Tom Coster, Richard Kermode, Douglas Rauch, Michael Shrieve, José Areas, Armando Peraza) – 2:53 (from Welcome (1973))
  3. "A-1 Funk" (Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 3:13 (New track (1973))
  4. "Every Step of the Way" (Shrieve) – 11:30 (from Caravanserai (1972))
  5. "Black Magic Woman" (Peter Green) – 3:38 (from Abraxas (1970))
  6. "Gypsy Queen" (Gábor Szabó) – 3:58 (from Abraxas)
  7. "Oye Como Va" (Tito Puente) – 5:47 (from Abraxas)
  8. "Japan" - 4:49 (Hayashi, Matsushima, arranged by Santana, Kermode, Shrieve, Rauch, Coster, Peraza, Areas) (previously unreleased bonus track)
  9. "Bambele" (Areas, Peraza) - 4:52 (previously unreleased bonus track)
  10. "Um Um Um" (Leon Thomas) - 6:51 (previously unreleased bonus track)
  11. "Yours Is the Light" (Kermode) – 5:30 (from Welcome)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Batukada" (Areas, David Brown, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Shrieve) – 0:55 (from Santana III (1971))
  2. "Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba)" (Airto Moreira) – 4:13 (New track)
  3. "Stone Flower (Introduction)" (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Santana, Shrieve) – 1:14 (from Caravanserai)
  4. "Waiting" (Santana) – 4:14 (from Santana (1969))
  5. "Castillos de Arena Part 1 (Sand Castle)" (Chick Corea, Joaquim Young, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 2:51 (New track)
  6. "Free Angela" (Todd Cochran aka Bayete) – 4:26 (New track)
  7. "Samba de Sausalito" (Areas) – 4:02 (from Welcome)
  8. "Mantra" (Coster, Santana, Shrieve) – 7:17 (New track)
  9. "Kyoto (Drum Solo) (Shrieve) – 9:58 (New track)
  10. "Castillos de Arena Part 2 (Sand Castle)" (Corea, Young, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 1:13 (New track)
  11. "Light of Life" (Santana, Kermode, Coster) - 3:29 (previously unreleased bonus track)
  12. "Se a Cabo" (Areas) – 5:39 (from Abraxas)

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Samba Pa Ti" (Santana) – 8:56 (from Abraxas)
  2. "Mr. Udo" (Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza) – 3:07 (New track)
  3. "The Creator Has a Master Plan" (Pharoah Sanders, Thomas) - 9:02 (previously unreleased bonus track)
  4. "Savor" (Santana, Brown, Rolie, Shrieve, Areas, Carabello) - 4:15 (previously unreleased bonus track)
  5. "Conga Solo" (Peraza) - 2:45 (previously unreleased bonus track)
  6. "Toussaint L'Overture" (Areas, Brown, Carabello, Rolie, Santana, Shrieve) – 7:40 (from Santana III)
  7. "Incident at Neshabur" (Alberto Gianquinto, Santana) – 16:22 (from Abraxas)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]