Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Nishi-ku, Osaka, 550-0013 Japan

Monday July 2, 1973 / Tuesday July 3, 1973 / Wednesday July 4, 1973 (6:30 p.m. each day)

About the Shows

Music

About the Shows

The Venue

Santana Dates: July 2/3/4, 1973 - December 7, 1974 - December 12, 1974 - February 25, 1976 - March 1, 1976 - December 7/8/9, 1977 - October 19, 1979

The Orix Theater (オリックス劇場, Orikkusu Gekijō) formerly Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, is a 2,400-seat concert hall in Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan. Artists that performed in the main hall include Black Sabbath, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Robin Trower, Rainbow, Queen, Santana, The Jackson 5, James Brown, UFO, Iron Maiden, Red Velvet and NCT 127. It officially opened on 14 April 1968 and was the largest concert hall in Osaka at the time. The complex included a smaller hall, lodging facilities and two restaurants. The building was sold in October 2009 to Orix Real Estate, who currently run it under the name the Orix Theater.

Nishi (西区, Nishi-ku) is one of 24 wards of Osaka, Japan. It is in the west of central Osaka ("Nishi" means "west"), and is generally flat. 80% of the area was destroyed by bombing in World War II, and was not regenerated until the mid-1960s. Today, this trendy area is known for cool fashion, furniture, and home goods boutiques around Horie Park.

The recordings of Tuesday July 3 and Wednesday July 4 are released as "Lotus" in May 1974. However, the 3LP inner sleeves show a photo that is NOT from this venue, but from Nippon Budōkan, Tokyo, Japan July 6, 1973.

Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan Location
The Orix Theater (ex-Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan)

Memorabilia

Monday July 2, 1973 Ticket
Wednesday July 4, 1973 Ticket

Music

The Band: Santana #14

Carlos Santana (guitar/percussion/vocals), Douglas Rauch (bass/guitar), Michael Shrieve (drums), Jose “Chepito” Areas (percussion), Armando Peraza (percussion/vocals), Tom Coster (keyboard/vocals), Richard Kermode (keyboard), Leon Thomas (vocals)

Santana #14

Monday July 2, 1973

Set List not available

Tuesday July 3, 1973

Incomplete Set List: Mantra - Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle)

Releases:

"Lotus" in May 1974 on 3LP(gf) (Col: Netherlands 66325, Japan 60AP 821~3)

"Lotus" on 3LP(gf/quad) (Col/Sony Japan 60AP 821~3)

"Lotus" on Feb 26, 1991 on 2CD (Col: USA C2K 46764, Austria 467943 2, Japan CSCS 5434~5)

"Lotus" on June 12, 2006 on 3CD(dgpck) (Sony Japan MHCP 1002-4)

"Lotus. Complete Edition" on April 19, 2017 on 3SACD hybrid (7" mini LP) (Sony Japan SICP 10116~8)

Wednesday July 4, 1973

Incomplete Set List: Meditation/Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way * - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen * - Oye Como Va * - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito * - Se A Cabo - Samba Pa Ti * - Mr Udo - Toussaint L'Overture * - Incident At Neshabur

Releases:

"Lotus" in May 1974 on 3LP(gf) (Col: Netherlands 66325, Japan 60AP 821~3)

"Lotus" on 3LP(gf/quad) (Col/Sony Japan 60AP 821~3)

* only as "Santana Live In Japan" in 1975 on LP (Col/Sony Japan SOPO 83), re-released in 1977 on LP (Col/Sony Japan 25AP 824)

"Lotus" on Feb 26, 1991 on 2CD (Col: USA C2K 46764, Austria 467943 2, Japan CSCS 5434~5)

"Lotus" on June 12, 2006 on 3CD(dgpck) (Sony Japan MHCP 1002-4)

"Lotus. Complete Edition" on April 19, 2017 on 3SACD hybrid (7" mini LP) (Sony Japan SICP 10116~8)

May 1974 3LP(gf) - 3LP(gf/quad)
Feb 26, 1991 2CD - June 12, 2006 3CD(dgpck)
1975 LP "Santana Live In Japan"
April 19, 2017 "Lotus. Complete Edition"
3SACD hybrid (7" mini LP)
Front Cover
April 19, 2017 "Lotus. Complete Edition"
3SACD hybrid (7" mini LP)
Back Cover
April 19, 2017 "Lotus. Complete Edition" 3SACD hybrid (7" mini LP) Gatefold Cover
April 19, 2017 "Lotus. Complete Edition" 3SACD hybrid (7" mini LP) Gatefold Inner Cover
"Lotus" Gatefold Cover & Wings
"Lotus" Gatefold Inner Cover & Wings
Promotional Poster
Japanese Release Ad