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Santana - Abraxas





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DSD (Single Rate) 2.8MHz/64fs Download

DSD (Single Rate) 2.8MHz/64fs Download

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Total download size: 2.01GB

Cover art included, liner notes not included

DSD file created by Gus Skinas from the original Sony Super Audio CD cutting masters.

"The question on many people's minds is, 'How does (the DSD) sound?' Stunning, is my answer. ... I find this DSD download to be lush, rich, wet and ripe. Damn near tropical. ... Percussion positively pops, Santana's guitar is searingly present, cymbals sparkle, and everything sounds as if it's coming from a real, dimensional place that's as colorful as Mati Klarwein's album cover art." — Michael Lavorgna, AudioStream, November 2013

The San Francisco Bay Area rock scene of the late '60s was one that encouraged radical experimentation and discouraged the type of mindless conformity that's often plagued corporate rock. When one considers just how different Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, and the Grateful Dead sounded, it becomes obvious just how much it was encouraged. In the mid-'90s, an album as eclectic as Abraxas would be considered a marketing exec's worst nightmare. But at the dawn of the 1970s, this unorthodox mix of rock, jazz, salsa and blues proved quite successful. Whether adding rock elements to salsa king Tito Peuente's "Oye Como Va," embracing instrumental jazz-rock on "Incident at Neshabur" and "Samba Pa Ti" or tackling moody blues-rock on Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman," the band keeps things unpredictable yet cohesive. Many of the Santana albums that came out in the '70s are worth acquiring, but for novices, Abraxas is an excellent place to start.

1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
2. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
3. Oye Como Va
4. Incident At Neshabur
5. Se A Cabo
6. Mother's Daughter
7. Samba Pa Ti
8. Hope You're Feeling Better
9. El Nicoya
10. Se A Cabo - Bonus Track
11. Toussaint L'Overture - Bonus Track
12. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Bonus Track

Customer Reviews (4.50 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

SACD in a download format.

posted on 04/30/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Corey
Bottom line is the 176/24 bit PCM file was created from the DSD file. DSD is not meant to be converted to PCM (filter is required to cut out the noise placed in the upper frequency range created by design). This download here is the same bit for bit release as the SACD and is as great. Audiogate can be used to create a single concatenated file to prevent song breaks. I wish I could own all the DSD masters if not the original analog. :)

GREAT sound!Another winner :-)

posted on 12/30/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Carlton
I have a hi rez copy of this album in 24/176.4 WAV format and the DSD blows it out of the water!

Disappointments are minor,but include: Reviewers who complain about things that the Acoustic sounds people cannot control or change,but the BUYER can:

-This DOES come with the album cover art,but not the liner notes(as listed)Suggestion:Pay more attention and read BEFORE you download.When you CHOOSE to pays your money and takes your product you then have nothing to complain about.

-If tracks flow into each other and your player or dac introduces a gap that is something that THE PLAYER OR DAC is doing.NOT anything Acoustic sounds did or can even control.Suggestion:Take that issue up with your hardware manufacturer-Oppo has a fix for it.

-If you have issues with playing DSD files on your equipment that is something between you and your wallet and not Acoustic sounds.My Oppo BDP-103 and Onkyo PR-SC5509 pre/pro play these files just fine in native DSD form.Suggestion:Buy some new equipment.

Great sound, but reveals limitations of downloads

posted on 12/06/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Rob M
This download does sound great on my Oppo-BDP-105. Very wide soundstage, lots of dynamic range, and that great smooth DSD sound we all love.

My disappoinments are minor, but include:

- lack of any liner notes or artwork (yes, this is mentioned in the product description, but it is still disappointing). Suggestion: don't release any albums if you can't secure the artwork rights, OR provide some sort of discount on these incomplete albums.

- lack of some sort of "cue" sheet mechanism means that an album like this where one song sometimes flows right into the next, there is instead an annoying brief delay between tracks. Suggestion: work with hardware / software vendors to implement some sort of cue sheet mechanism for .dsf files.

- inability to play this file on most of my equipment or convert it to PCM means I can only listen to it in once place right now. Suggestion: Include MP3 or WAV/FLAC files.

Hybrid discs for me until these problems are fixed!

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