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Santana Audio CD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My third favorite Santana album 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey Continues... Oct. 10 2003
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fusion masterpiece and healing music Jan. 17 2004
By A Customer
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars part of three Feb. 12 2004
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Welcome gets four, not five, stars for this reason only: it is the second part of what is, in retrospect, a three-album documentation of Carlos Santana's period with the guru Sri Chinmoy. This period began with Caravanserai, followed by Welcome then Borboletta. To appreciate Santana's growth during this period, one must take these three albums together as a single body of work (and Columbia should consider a special release in which they are packaged that way).
The Caravanserai-Welcome-Borboletta triple play was a departure from the initial Santana incarnation that began with Santana's debut (Evil Ways, Jingo, etc.)and ended amid the tension and hard feelings that surrounded the recording of Santana III (Everybody's Everything, No One to Depend On, et. al.). The highlight of that debut period was Abraxas.
But unlike Caravanserai, Welcome and Borboletta (actually 4, 5, and 6 in the complete Santana discography), only one of the early Santana albums are today necessary, and that is, of course, Abraxas.
Not so Caravanserai, Welcome and Borboletta, and though they have never been champions in terms of numbers of albums sold, they collectively represent sustained vision and Santana's best work. Each are vital for those interested in Carlos Santana's career, one that would sputter soon thereafter (the music would flare to molten intensity at times as Amigos and Moonflower would prove). The result was a perplexing and maddening two-decade slump that did not end until the release of Supernatural, finally a full-force achievement in terms of artistic clarity and mature pop music vision.
One wonders if Carlos Santana will ever create as audaciously again.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latin Rock, Jazz and Fusion Feb. 23 2007
By W. Noshie - Published on Amazon.com
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Welcome is Santana's Fifth studio recording album; Nothing like Santana I, Abraxas or Santana III; yet a pure state of art (Latin Jazz Rock fusion) musical release.

After his great success in his first 3 releases, Santana begins to discover new musical routes hand in hand with the Great guitarist John Mc Laughlin.

They release this CD hand in hand with "Love, Devotion and surrender".

Back in 1973, both albums were disregarded by most of the radio stations and even by most of Santana fans, who expected a more Latin Rock albums.

Obviously Carlos Santana was deviating from his original Latin Rock roots sound and taking the Jazz Rock fusion path.

Back to "Welcome"; if you are a Santana guitar fan, you will be pleased listening to this album today; it did not age one single minute.

If you are into Jazz, Rock and Fusion, this album would fit as a real Jewel in your musical collection.

Last and not Least; If you like this CD, I believe you would probably enjoy the following releases as well:

1. Love Devotion and Surrender by Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin

2. Caravanserai by Santana

3. Illuminations by Santana

4. Devotion by John McLaughlin

Welcome to the great Jazz Fusion sounds and music; Highly recommended.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Santana embraces spirituality (4.5 stars) March 5 2006
By John Alapick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just as on their previous release, Caravanserai, Welcome sees Santana complementing their Latin rock sound with a jazz feel. Although there aren't any bonafide classics here like "Evil Ways" or "Black Magic Woman", the music and lyrics on Welcome embrace spirituality more than their music had previously. Also worth noting is that while Caravanserai must be listened to its entirety to fully digest, Welcome is more of a song-based collection. The opening "Going Home" continues the Santana trend of the instrumental opener providing the feel for the rest of the album. In this case, the organs provide a majestic churchlike feel before piano and Carlos' ringing guitar lines provide a feeling of peace. This kicks right into the funky "Love, Devotion and Surrender", a track where Carlos, Wendy Haas, and Leon Thomas share vocal duties, with each of them adding a little more emotion as the song progresses. "When I Look Into Your Eyes" is a love poem put to music with a dated keyboard outro while the excellent "Yours Is The Light" features near operatic vocals from Flora Purim. "Light Of Life", with its strings and majestic vocals from Thomas, is also a highlight. As for the instrumentals, both "Mother Africa" and "Flame Sky" are two of the band's best with the former featuring a killer sax solo from Jules Broussard while the latter contains wicked solos from both Carlos and guest guitarist John McLaughlin. The original closing title track projects a similar feel to its opener, one of eternal peace. The bonus track, "Mantra", has a very chaotic feel, similar in intensity to "Flame Sky", and complements the album well. Although not quite as cohesive as their first four albums, Welcome is a strong musical statement that still blows most of today's music, including Santana's more recent output, right out of the water.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Santana's top five albums Feb. 7 2000
By kireviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Santana album after Carlos got into his religious/mystic stage. It is quite a departure from other material by the "group", although Carlos does have a number of solo albums along the same lines. It is more of a jazz fusion than the traditional latin beat. There is a duet with John McLaughlin and a cover of a Herbie Hancock number. There are also three excellent jazz flavored songs. Fans of the more traditional Santana music might not appreciate this experimentation into jazz, while the jazz fusion fans might not appreciate the latin rhythms. I found it to be an excellent merger of the two styles.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Santana's Finest Nov. 21 2005
By Mario Bonilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Continuing the path that Caravanserai started on, Welcome is what jazz fusion really is all about. Released in 1973 between two world tours, Welcome showcased Santana's ability to play excellent music, even after Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon left the band. This album shows a high level of maturation in the band's music. Santana went from Afro-Cuban/rock jams, to highly sophisticated compositions.

The "latin" feel is virtually gone in this album. "Only Samba de Sausalito" and "Yours Is the Light" show a hint of latin music in them. Nevertheless, all the songs on the album are very good. The highlight of the album, however, is "Flame Sky".

This 11 minute song showcases Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin's breathtaking guitar work.

This album is highly recommended for Santana fans and Jazz fans as well. However, if you are new to Santana and you are expecting to hear songs such as "Oye Como Va" and "Evil Ways", you might want to get this album a little later, after you have familiarized yourself with Santana's music. You also might want to get Caravanserai first too.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Santana ever July 5 2003
By "deltafront" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Long before he became boring (right after Shango), long before he had to hook up with young kids to catch the young set, before any of these kids were even born, there was "Welcome," an excellent album on its first side (for those of us old enough to know exactly what that is), and a decent enough one on its reverse. "Love, Devotion and Surrender" is clearly the breakout hit here, although the entire first side is excellent. Things lag a bit on the B-side (too much intospection, not nough groove), but not enough to mar the entire effort.
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