Welcome [Bonus Track]

Welcome [Bonus Track]

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The mark that the recording of Caravanserai and Love Devotion Surrender had left on Carlos Santana was monumental. The issue of Welcome, the band's fifth album and its first with the new lineup, was a very ambitious affair and was regarded by traditional fans of Santana with even more strangeness than its two predecessors. However, issued as it was at the end of 1973, after Miles had won a Grammy for Bitches Brew and after Weather Report, Return to Forever, and Seventh House had begun to win audiences from the restless pool of rock fans, Santana began to attract the attention of critics as well as jazz fans seeking something outside of the soul-jazz and free jazz realms for sustenance. The vibe that carried over from the previously mentioned two albums plus the addition of vocalist Leon Thomas to the fold added a bluesy, tougher edge to the sound showcased on Caravanserai. The band's hard root was comprised of Carlos, drummer Michael Shrieve, bassist Doug Rauch, and keyboard king Tom Coster. Add to this the percussion section of Armando Peraza and Chepito Areas as well as a second keyboard by Richard Kermode, and space was the place. The John Coltrane influence that inspired the Santana/John McLaughlin pairing on Love Devotion Surrender echoes here on "Going Home," the album's opening track, arranged by Coltrane's widow, pianist and harpist Alice. The deeper jazz fusion/Latin funk edge is articulated on the track "Samba de Sausalito," and to a much more accessible degree on "Love, Devotion & Surrender," which features Thomas growling through the choruses and also features Wendy Haas, a keyboardist on Love Devotion Surrender who is enlisted here as a second vocalist. In fact, her pairing with Thomas on Shrieve's "When I Look Into Your Eyes" is nothing less than beatific. McLaughlin makes a return appearance here on the stunningly beautiful guitar spiritual "Flame Sky." Brazilian song diva Flora Purim is featured on "Yours Is the Light," a gorgeous Afro-Brazilian workout that embraces Cuba son, samba, and soul-jazz. Welcome also marked the first appearance of French soprano saxophonist Jules Broussard on a Santana date. He would later collaborate with Carlos and Alice Coltrane on Illuminations. Ultimately, Welcome is a jazz record with rock elements, not a rock record that flirted with jazz and Latin musical forms. It is understandable why Santana punters would continue to be disenchanted, however. Welcome was merely ahead of its time as a musical journey and is one of the more enduring recordings the band ever made. Its sound in the 21st century -- especially with the glorious remastering job Legacy did -- feels right on time. On the 2003 edition comes one bonus track from the sessions, called "Mantra." It is a killer improv tune with a ferocious bass solo by Rauch and insane drumming by Shrieve. This is a record that pushes the envelope even today and is one of the most inspired recordings in the voluminous Santana oeuvre.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972362526
catalogNumber: 723625
Rank: 18746

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve   Drums,Group Member
Jules Broussard   Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Tom Coster   Organ,Piano,Marimbas,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Soloist,Latin Percussion,Group Member
Mel Martin   Flute
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Leon Thomas   Vocals,Human Whistle
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Latin Percussion,Cabasa,Group Member
José Chepitó Areas   Percussion,Conga,Timbales,Group Member
Joe Farrell   Flute,Soloist
Wendy Haas   Vocals
Richard Kermode   Piano,Marimbas,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Mellotron,Shekere,Latin Percussion,Group Member
Flora Purim   Vocals
Doug Rauch   Bass,Group Member
Douglas Rodriguez   Rhythm Guitar
Tony Smith   Drums
Bob Yance   Flute
Carlos Santana   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Kalimba,Group Member
Greg Adams   Conductor
Tony Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tom Coster   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Herbie Mann   Composer
John McLaughlin   Composer
Armando Peraza   Arranger
José Chepitó Areas   Arranger,Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Alice Coltrane   Arranger
John Coltrane   Composer
Richard Kermode   Arranger,Composer
Doug Rauch   Arranger,Composer
Hal Miller   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer
Carlos Santana   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Greg Adams   String Arrangements,Score

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