A LIVE SUPREME - REMASTERED

June 18, 2009 – 3:02 pm

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CARLOS SANTANA & JOHN McLAUGHLIN
Chicago 1973 [Mainstream, 2CD]
Inamorata Remaster/Pitch Corrected Edition

Live at the Chicago Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL, September 1, 1973. Very good soundboard.

The show has been offered in the past and it continues to be a popular show among our readers.

Although the sound was not problematic, music fan inamorata decided to remaster the disc. This is what inamorata said:

“The original source is a bootleg CD made from a very nice-sounding SBD, which however has one major problem throughout: a crackling noise that appears with higher levels, mostly in the drums and Santana’s guitar. This is not too difficult to remedy with the appropriate software (ProTools LE with various pro-level plug-ins).

“In order not to degrade the audio unnecessarily, I applied three different levels of filtering and reassembled the music from the three versions according to my ears, always choosing the one with just as much filtering as necessary to remove the noise.

“I manually removed a few minor glitches and, lastly, did a pitch correction, the original source running slightly flat. This is an amazing performance (check out Mr. Cobham’s drumming!) which well deserves a little polish.”

Thanks to inamorata for the effort and for sharing the tracks on the Dime site.

Our earlier write-up:

The album Love, Devotion & Surrender was like a bolt from the blue - a rocker with Top 10 albums to his credit with a critically acclaimed jazz guitarist - doing an album of John Coltrane covers and “transcendental music”. The album reached gold and sold over 100,000 albums but failed to give Carlos Santana another Top 10 album.

He was also looked at with skepticism for his conversion to Sri Chinmoy, his new short back and sides haircut and his vegan lifestyle. But mostly, critics were unimpressed with Love, Devotion & Surrender.

On hindsight, most have come around to the view that this was a good but maybe not great album. It reprised what McLaughlin was already doing with his Mahavishnu Orchestra - lightning fast riffs, endless soloing and numerous epiphanies.

The difference was Santana’s Latin-Cuban touch and melodic playing that contributed to the rock portion of this jazz-rock fusion. It heralded his entry into jazz and avant-garde music which he would explore for the next few years. Sri Chinmoy also gave Santana discipline and that has helped him mature more as a survivor.

Attempts to follow McLaughlin/Santana’s brief resulted with an oversupply of jazz-fusion in the ‘80s that first led to jazz-lite lounge music and then opened a door into New Age. All rest and relax with no fire and no passion.

Here is a live presentation from that brief tour in support of Love, Devotion & Surrender. This is a very good to excellent soundboard recording of a typical show taken from the Japanese Mainstream label. Scorching.
- The Little Chicken

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1
01 Meditation 1:52
02 The Life Divine 18:36
03 A Love Supreme 19:59
04 Afro Blue 28:43
05 Introductions 1:24
06 Naima 6:14
TT: 74:48

Disc 2
01 Flame Sky 16:33
02 Taurian Matador 13:36
03 Armando Peraza Solo 6:54
04 Billy Cobham Solo 5:14
05 Taurian Matador Reprise 3:24
06 Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord 25:23
TT: 71:05

Lineup:
Devadip Carlos Santana - guitars
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin - guitars
Doug Rauch - electric bass
Billy Cobham - drums
Armando Peraza - congas, percussion
Khalid Yasin [Larry Young] - organ

Click here to order Love, Devotion & Surrender.

  1. 11 Responses to “A LIVE SUPREME - REMASTERED”

  2. thanks! i just got disc 1. i’m keeping both copies. i’ll let you know how i like the remastered version.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Jun 19, 2009

  3. hmm, certainly better than the copy I already had. fuller, deeper mix and better separation. thanks!

    By satyricon on Jun 19, 2009

  4. Where is the time when two of the best guitar player of all time playes together.A moment of inspiration when you can feel in the air that this is a moment of musical history.
    This was a time when Fusion was new.We loved this kind of music.Jazz-Rock was a wonderful Bastard.McLaughlin and Santana put all the feeling and the spirit in this music.I am very happy that I have seen the 60th and the 70th live.When I remember this time and the feeling when you´ve got a new LP.You opened the cover put the record in the record player and than the moment when you heared the first note.
    It was a holy moment.

    By Joe "The Catman" on Jun 19, 2009

  5. Thank you, Big O, for this beautiful show! They just don’t make music like this anymore… Certainly true in Santana’s case!

    Love the site, including the news/political articles. As a U.S. citizen, it’s nice to get other perspectives than what our mass media tries to spoon feed us. Keep up the great work.

    As far as the music goes, there’s so many wonderful shows here I’d like to see get reposted, but I’m having a hard time choosing just one or two to request! I’ll say right now that any high quality Pink Floyd or Led Zep shows would be appreciated though. :-)

    By Shaun on Jun 20, 2009

  6. Much better this remasterd edition!
    Many many thanks!

    By Rochacrimson on Jun 20, 2009

  7. Warning: This concert may ruin you for listening to other music, especially guitar-oriented music.

    The sheer fire and passion John and Carlos generate on this recording is breathtaking. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard either of them sound better, and I’ve heard them both a lot.

    CD 2 isn’t quite as mindblowing as Disc 1, but that is just because Disc 1 is as good as music can get.

    THANK YOU!

    By Rob Johnson on Jun 24, 2009

  8. Absolutely superb performance !!

    Thanks a million (US)

    Thank you for helping me restore my faith in all Singaporians

    :^)

    By Myche on Jun 28, 2009

  9. This is a gem! The studio album has been a favorite of mine all these years, so it’s a real gift to be able to experience this level of music as it was done live.

    Thanks again, and keep up the great work.

    By Nedi on Apr 3, 2011

  10. TankU! I’m a fan this page!

    By Eric on Jul 6, 2013

  11. After the quietly dynamic organ interlude in “flame sky” they start ramping the energy up and up and up and up and up until I’m surprised the whole stage doesn’t catch on fire. What a hell of a band! Anyone in the audience must have just sat there with their jaw on the ground.

    By Pod on Oct 18, 2013

  12. And BRAVO to Inamorata. I think John and Carlos would be impressed by your efforts - this could be released legitimately with what you’ve done here! I’ve rarely heard recordings caught on the fly sound so good!

    By Pod on Oct 18, 2013

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