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  • Audio CD (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0012GMV58
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kireviewer on June 28 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is hard to believe that this was only Santana's fifth album (sixth if you lived in Japan). It is such a departure from anything they had done in the past. It is hard to imagine that a group would scrap a formula that created 3 block buster albums and throw it all away to experiment in a totally new direction.
This album is jazz fusion, that was popularized by people like John McLoughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Chick Corea and Return to Forever. However, it still keeps Santana's latin influences.
This is a wonderful album of beautiful rhythms and sounds. My favorite track is Mother Africa, written by Herbie Mann. There is a great 11 minute duet between Santana and John McLoughlin. Love, Surrender and Devotion is great song with alternating male/female vocals.
Although this was a jazz fusion album, it even generated a hit single: When I Look Into Your Eyes. For some reason, DJ's always called the song "When I Look Into Your Eyes With Leon Thomas On Vocals". Like anyone had heard of Leon Thomas before this.
It is interesting that CBS Records has reissued this as part of their Legacy series. It is where they reissue the most important, classic jazz and blues albums from their vast library. There are some very formidable albums in this series including classics from Miles Davis and the SuperSessions from Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield.
This CD contains one bonus track, Mantra. It is a wierd track of a repeated staccato organ riff. It isn't bad, but I don't think it is worth by the reissue for that track if you already have a copy of the original without that track. I think it is out of place and doesn't add anything to this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Olivares on Oct. 10 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is Santana's fifth album originally released in November 1973. A mixture of fusion and blues, it's also the only studio album to feature jazz artist Leon Thomas on vocals (he sings on three of the tracks). As far as the content ,it's not dissimilar to its predecessor "Caravanserai" in that it's mostly instrumental and has no hit singles. It's the kind of album to be played straight. "Mantra" is bonus track with a great rhythm. The title track was written by John Coltrane. "Flame-Sky" was co-written with John McLaughlin and runs eleven minutes.
If you liked "Caravanserai", you'll have no trouble listening to this album of mystical and spiritual tunes. Why this album had been out of print is beyond me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the 1973-era Santana band which was featured on the Japanese "Lotus" triple live album. Jazz singer Leon Thomas was part of this group, and "Welcome" continues the "Caravanserai" album format of instrumental-only and vocal tracks, seamlessly flowing into one another.
Strings, marimba, male/female vocals and multiple keyboards (by Tom Coster and Richard Kermode) are tastefully and creatively employed on selected tracks. This was the most musically proficient Santana ensemble ever - drummer Maitreya Michael Shrieve spurs the groove and improvisations, and guitarist Mahavishnu John McLaughlin (with whom Santana recorded the previous year's "Love Devotion Surrender" album) guests on 'Flame-Sky'. Return To Forever members Joe Farrell-flute and Flora Purim-vocal are also featured on 'When I Look Into Your Eyes' and 'Yours Is The Light'. The album serenely concludes with the John Coltrane composition 'Welcome'. (one previously unreleased bonus track on this CD issue - the Santana/Shrieve/Coster composition 'Mantra'.)
In a similar vein from the following year 1974 is "Illuminations", co-credited to Devadip Carlos Santana and Turiya Alice Coltrane (Santana, McLaughlin, and Coltrane were disciples of Sri Chinmoy during this period). Featuring more jazz personnel such as McLaughlin, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette, it's the most avant-garde and challenging Santana album of all. Start your journey with "Welcome", then try "Lotus" . . .
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