Santana - Caravanserai
Santana - Caravanserai
Santana - Caravanserai
Santana - Caravanserai
Santana - Caravanserai
Santana - Caravanserai

Santana - Caravanserai

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Carlos Santana - guitar, percussions  [click here to see more vinyl featuring Carlos Santana]

Hadley Caliman (sax); Gregg Rolie (org, p); Wendy Haas (p); Tom Coster (el-p); Neal Schon (g); , Douglas Rauch (g,b); Tom Rutley (b); Mike Shrieve (dr); Jose Chepito Areas, Armando Peraza (perc)

Written by Carlos Santana (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, B2),Tom Rutley (A1), Neal Schon (A1, A5, A6), Michael Shrieve (A1, B4, A4, B2), Doug Rauch (A2, A3), Gregg Rolie (A2, A3, A4, A5), José "Chepito" Areas (B1), James Mingo Lewis (B1, B3), Antônio Carlos Jobim (B2), 

 

1 LP, gatefold sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Columbia

Recording: February and May 1972

Production: Carlos Santana and Michael Shrieve

Originallly released in Oct 1972

Reissued in 2008

 

Tracks : 

Side A :

  1. Eternal Caravan Of Reincarnation
  2. Waves Within
  3. Look Up (To See What's Coming Down)
  4. Just In Time To See The Sun
  5. Song Of The Wind
  6. All The Love Of The Universe

Side B :

  1. Future Primitive
  2. Stone Flower
  3. La Fuente Del Ritmo
  4. Every Step Of The Way

 

Reviews :

« Drawing on rock, salsa, and jazz, Santana recorded one imaginative, unpredictable gem after another during the 1970s. But Caravanserai is daring even by Santana's high standards. Carlos Santana was obviously very hip to jazz fusion -- something the innovative guitarist provides a generous dose of on the largely instrumental Caravanserai. Whether its approach is jazz-rock or simply rock, this album is consistently inspired and quite adventurous. Full of heartfelt, introspective guitar solos, it lacks the immediacy of Santana or Abraxas. Like the type of jazz that influenced it, this pearl (which marked the beginning of keyboardist/composer Tom Coster's highly beneficial membership in the band) requires a number of listenings in order to be absorbed and fully appreciated. But make no mistake: this is one of Santana's finest accomplishments. » AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

To attempt to categorise Carlos Santana’s music is, for the prophets of rock music, rather like dancing on the edge of a volcano. While the New York Times acclaimed the band as a reincarnation of Dizzy Gillespie’s Cuban-jazz bigband from the end of the Forties, the specialist magazine Rolling Stone spoke of a "methadrine trip without visions«. Organ-player Gregg Rolie offered a very simple explanation of the origins of the highly differentiated sound colouring and the throb and chirp of the Afro-Cuban polyrhythms: he succinctly remarked that each member of the multi-cultural band »just played the music which he had grown up with".


Just how thrilling this sounds is already evident from the first number on the disc, with its sounds of nature, twisted rhythms, and little snatches of melody, which – as in several other titles – remains spellbinding even without the fascinating drive of Santana’s lead-sound. Of course there is plenty of solo material on the guitar which manifests itself in exuberant improvisations with a fusion of rock, salsa and jazz elements. When listening to this well-oiled rhythm machine, one quite rightly gets the impression that this unique band has stretched itself to its limits, and it is not by mere coincidence that they split up shortly afterwards. What has remained is one of the most powerful Santana records ever made.

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 ,  Discogs 4,27 / 5 ,  Rate Your Music : 3,92 / 5

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