Philip’s Musings: Ultradisc One-Step – Santana Abraxas

Mobile Fidelity One-Step reissue of Santana’s Abraxas

I have played a Test Pressing of this monumental album first at AXPONA and more recently at the Newport Show. I already own this seminal album on CD, SACD (both SONY & MFSL), the original UK pressing on vinyl, bought the German reissue about 15 to 20 years ago, as well as the more recent Mobile Fidelity reissue, (all of these @ 33 1/3 RPM). Consider me a believer.  The new Mobile Fidelity One-Step reissue will be at 45 RPM and delivers a level of clarity and palpability that I didn’t hear up until now, even on the SACDs.

When I played this at AXPONA and Newport and let Side One play through to the end, many times the audience clapped in appreciation. MFSL is on to a winner with this new ONE-STEP process. I can’t wait to get my own copy (or two). Certainly this will be the most appreciated gift for the music lover in any household. (Hint, hint). OK, it is expensive at $100, but it comes in a hard box and is sure to become a collectors item, just as the MFSL UHQR titles are (which are on eBay from $300 – $1,500 Beatles Sgt. Peppers, sealed).  We will be sure to play this in Denver next weekend at RMAF.

by Philip O'Hanlon

Music Evangelist and Master of Musical Enjoyment—Philip spends his time looking for fine music, tuning up synergistic electronic components to get the best sound, and making music compilations so he can share his listening journey and experiences with friends and acquaintances.

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