Carlos Santana: Santana Greatest Hits Live At Montreux 2011 (Blu-ray) 2012 DTS-HD Master Audio
This is a must have Blu-ray for all Santana fans- Santana were founded in the late sixties and came into the spotlight following their appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969.
Their eponymous debut album was released the same year and became a global success, introducing the public to the band's unique blend of latin rhythms and guitar based rock.
With legendary guitarist and band leader Carlos Santana at the helm, hit albums and singles followed through the seventies, eighties, nineties and up to the present day.
Both Carlos and the band have been frequent visitors to Montreux over the years and in 2011 they presented a stunning concert of their greatest hits, classic album tracks and brilliant cover versions from their debut album right up to 2010's Guitar Heaven . This is the ultimate Santana live concert and absolutely not to be missed. / Special Guests include Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Cindy Blackman-Santana / Bonus Features:
Interviews with the band / Behind the scenes /
1) Spark Of The Divine 2) SOCC 3) Back In Black 4) Singing Winds, Crying Beasts 5) Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen 6) Oye Como Va 7) Maria, Maria 8) Foo Foo 9) Corazon Espinado / Guajira 10) Benny & Cindy Solo 11) Jingo 12) Carlos Speaks / Novus 13) Europa (Earth s Cry, Heaven s Smile) / I Want You 14) Batuka / No One To Depend On 15) Duende / Open Invitation 16) Make Somebody Happy / Right On Be Free 17) Evil Ways / A Love Supreme 18) Sunshine Of Your Love 19) Smooth / Dame Tu Amor 20) Soul Sacrifice / Dennis Drum Solo 21) Samba Pa Ti 22) Into The Night 23) Love, Peace And Happiness / Freedom
Santana Greatest Hits: Live at Montreux 2011 is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment with an AVC encoded 1080i transfer in 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio-16x9 Widescreen. These Montreux concerts typically look very sharp on Blu-ray, at least those from the last couple of years or so, and this Santana outing is no exception. Aside from some very minor posterizing which crops up due to some incredibly robust red and blue lighting, which bathes the entire stage in overwrought hues, this is a very sharp and appealing looking high definition presentation which pops especially well in the many close-ups which capture Carlos and his incredible band in a very up close and personal way. Fine detail is exceptional in these close-ups, so much so that you can virtually count the freckles on Cindy Blackman Santana's face during her guest appearance on a couple of numbers.
Santana Greatest Hits: Live at Montreux 2011 has the standard three audio options that grace most of these Eagle Rock releases. Two lossless options are offered, an uncompressed LPCM 2.0 stereo mix and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround mix, as well as a standard lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix. Both of the lossless options sound fantastic on this release, and the 5.1 mix adds incredibly spaciousness as well as a much more noticeably punchy low end. The huge array of percussion instruments gives this track an incredible presence in the lower registers, and the good news is despite the heaviness of the sound, there's absolutely no murkiness whatsoever. Santana's crystalline guitar cuts through the sound mass efficiently and with breathtaking clarity. The band has a rather large coterie of vocalists, and the balance between them and the band itself is excellent throughout. Brass is bright and colorful, the bass punches mightily, and keys add a lot of color as well. Fidelity is brilliant throughout the track, and while there's isn't huge dynamic range here, there's nuance and precision in abundance, and Santana fans should be very well pleased with the results.
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps) (less)
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
Run Time: 204 minutes
Live Concert: LV006