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Caravanserai CD

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The longest-running, most successful partnership in the history of rock takes flight anew, as legendary Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Carlos Santana and Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, collaborate on the brand new concept album, GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME, released September 20th on Arista Records. The album was co-produced ... Read more in Amazon's Santana Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000A2I1B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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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
7. Future Primitive
8. Stone Flower
9. La Fuente Del Ritmo
10. Every Step Of The Way

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By "christianh18" on 18 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is an astounding album. It sounds very different from anything else in the Santana canon, largely because it was very much a transitional work, retaining a sense of the psychedelic Latin rock of the first three albums whilst pointing to the fusion direction of later albums like Welcome and Borboletta but not entirely crossing over into jazz. Despite the success of the first 3 albums, by late 1971 Carlos Santana had become disillusioned with the rock n roll lifestyle and its trappings and felt that the music he had been making was no longer what he wanted to do. Clearly, this caused tensions within the band and Caravanserai was recorded with a different line up from the first 3, although Rolie and Shrieve were still present (this was Rolie's last album with the band however).
The album is something of a paradox, being fairly dense and abstract while at the same time being light and soulful. I know this sounds like a total contradiction, but if you hear the album, you'll know what I mean. Most of the tracks are instrumental and the first five or six are really one single flowing track, with shifting moods and delicate, heartstopping guitar playing. The bossa nova influenced cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Stone Flower" is lovely and the closing "Every Step Of The Way" contains mindblowing hyperspeed riffing with much use of Carlos' trademark almost infinite sustain. It is less immediately accessible than the first 3 albums and may take a few listens but this will be amply repayed, the inherent beauty of the music shining through.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2012
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Released in October 1972, `Caravanserai' marks one of Santana's highest and most sublime creative moments and has often been described as "music for musicians". It's the last of Santana's studio recordings to feature founder-member Gregg Rolie on keyboards and second-guitarist (the very young but virtuoso) Neal Schon, both of whom were shortly to depart to form `Journey.' Rolie features on some tracks and new keyboard player Tom Coster appears on others, the start of a decades-long and highly productive association between Coster and Santana.

Founder-member David Brown is replaced on bass by Doug Rauch (on some of the numbers) and Tom Rutley (on others) and the departure of Mike Carabello as conga-percussionist heralded the entry of veteran Armando Peraza - who, I can tell you from seeing this band live in 1973, had one heck of an onstage presence and added a lot to the sound. Drummer Mike Shrieve and percussionist `Chepito' are still there, both evident in the music. Altogether `Caravanserai' showcases contributions by some 16 different musicians and is a masterpiece of arrangement and production; it marks the beginning of a rich and productive journey into deeper, more complex jazz-fusion territory which continued with `Welcome' and - especially - `Borboletta.'

The trademark rock-salsa fusion sound which made Santana's first three studio albums a global commercial success gives way here to more thoughtful, jazz-like compositions, though you can hear the genealogy of the Woodstock-era band still there underneath. Of the 10 numbers on the album, only three have any vocal content and the first six pieces (i.e. the first `side' of the original vinyl LP) flow together as one, with no real breaks.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By james56@excite.co.uk on 1 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have always been mystified by the reverence in which Santana's second album "Abraxas" is held by fans of the group; when that record, as strong as it is in places, is simply not in the same league as this work as far as I am concerned. The album makes a superb whole,rather than being simply a collection of tracks. This quality distinguishes the very best albums from the rest (eg Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" or REM's "Automatic for the People"). From the atmospheric opener "Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation" with its languid double bass figure,the mood is set, then developed and enhanced. The exquisite guitar melodies of "Just in Time to See the Sun" and "Song of the Wind" carry the listener to the spiritual and melodic crescendo of "All the Love of the Universe". The second side (vinyl fans) is a more low-key affair, but the material is again uniformly strong,with the percussion interlude of "Future Primitive" bridging the intensity of side one and the build to another stunning climax with the epic "Every Step of the Way". The musicianship on display is breathtaking,notably drummer Mike Shrieve and of course Santana and Neal Schon on guitars. Ever since I first heard this album in 1973, it has been one of my all-time favourites,and I would still place in my top ten. For me,it fully realizes the potential of the album format as a means of taking you on a complete journey (without wanting to sound too cosmic-hippy!).All
of which makes for an immensely satisfying experience. Beautiful cover art,too.
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