Lotus (Santana album)

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ReleasedMay 1974 (Japan)
Nov. 1975 (Europe)
June 1991 (U.S.)
RecordedJuly 3rd and 4th, 1973
VenueOsaka Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan,[1][2]
Osaka, Japan
Length121:08 (original LP)
118:51 (1991 2CD reissue)
156:18 (2017 3CD reissue)
Santana chronology
Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

Lotus is a 1974 live album by the Latin rock band Santana, recorded at the Osaka Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan in July 1973, during their Caravanserai Tour. 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 1974 Japan release, the complete 3-LP set was released in Europe in 1975. The first U.S. release was in 1991 as a 2-CD and 2 cassette tape 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]


Side one
1."Meditation"John McLaughlin1:40
2."Going Home" (from Welcome)Alice Coltrane, Carlos Santana, Tom Coster, Richard Kermode, Doug Rauch, Michael Shrieve, José Areas, Armando Peraza2:53
3."A-1 Funk" (new track)Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza3:13
4."Every Step of the Way" (from Caravanserai)Shrieve11:30
Side two
5."Black Magic Woman" (from Abraxas)Peter Green3:38
6."Gypsy Queen" (from Abraxas)Gábor Szabó3:58
7."Oye Como Va" (from Abraxas)Tito Puente5:47
8."Yours Is the Light" (from Welcome)Kermode5:30
9."Batukada" (new track)Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza0:55
10."Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba)" (new track)Airto Moreira4:13
Side three
11."Stone Flower (Introduction)" (from Caravanserai)Antônio Carlos Jobim1:14
12."Waiting" (from Santana)Santana4:14
13."Castillos de Arena Part 1 (Sand Castle)" (new track)Joaquim Young, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza, Chick Corea2:51
14."Free Angela" (new track)Todd Cochran4:26
15."Samba de Sausalito" (from Welcome)Areas4:02
Side four
16."Mantra" (new track)Coster, Santana, Shrieve7:17
17."Kyoto (Drum Solo)" (new track)Shrieve9:58
18."Castillos de Arena Part 2 (Sand Castle)" (new track)Corea, Young, Santana, Coster, Kermode, Rauch, Shrieve, Areas, Peraza1:13
19."Se a Cabo" (from Abraxas)Areas5:39
Side five
20."Samba Pa Ti" (from Abraxas)Santana8:56
21."Savor"Areas, Brown, Carabello, Rolie, Santana, Shrieve3:06
22."Toussaint L'Overture" (from Santana III)Areas, Brown, Carabello, Rolie, Santana, Shrieve7:40
Side six
23."Incident at Neshabur" (from Abraxas)Santana, Alberto Gianquinto17:15
Total length:121:08

1991 CD reissue[edit]

Japanese 3-CD[edit]

The same track listing as the original vinyl release (two sides per CD), except "Mr. Udo" in place of "Savor".

2017 Japanese 3-SACD[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Discogs - Lotus 1991 reissue 2CD Austria
  2. ^ Discogs - Lotus 1991 reMastered 2CD Japan
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Lotus – Santana | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  4. ^ Discogs - Lotus 1974 Quadraphonic 3-vinyl-LP Japan
  5. ^ Thorgerson, Storm; Powell, Aubrey (1999). 100 Best Album Covers. DK Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 0-7894-4951-X.