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Caravanserai [Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import]

Santana Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2011)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity Koch
  • ASIN: B005M4K94G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

SANTANA Caravanserai (2011 US exclusive limited edition Mobile Fidelity 10-track Ultradisc UHR? Hybrid SACD [Super Audio - plays on all SACD and CD players] housed in an individually numbered internal pasted gatefold card picture sleeve withUltradisc Gain 2 card & booklet. The disc and contents are in beautiful as new condition UDSACD2079)

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Searing beauty 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Santana's neglected masterwork 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 5 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
I heard "Caravanserai" for the first time in 1973 (the year after it was released), and it immediately became one of my favourite records. Later, I used it as a jumping-off point to go back and forth through the rest of Santana's catalogue, but found that none of their other albums (though pleasant enough) have had the continuous appeal of this one.

With vocals being kept to a minimum, you can appreciate all the details of the breadth of supporting instrumentation on display - Wendy Haas' percussive piano on "La Fuente del Ritmo", Hadley Caliman's breathy sax on "Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation", the uncredited frantic flautist on "Every Step Of The Way": all these players weren't part of the regular band (indeed, were only used on these individual tracks), but make each piece sound like a window into worlds that are different - mysterious, exciting, intriguing - and yet linked together into a heterogeneous suite, building to the climax of Michael Shrieve's unbelievable "Every Step Of The Way".

I've probably listened to this track thousands of times, and am continually baffled by its beauty and excitement. Santana sounds as if he's barely channeling the flow of music coming out of his guitar. The gear change in the middle, and that perfect lick that's used to start the second section, must be one of my favourite moments in music. And the appearance of the orchestra (which has been kept quiet up until this point of the record) moves the whole thing expansively up to yet another level.

This album is the apex of Neil Schon's achievements with the band, since he and Greg Rolie left immediately afterwards to form Journey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Santana moving on
Interesting change if tempo for Santana.
Published 2 months ago by Oscar
3.0 out of 5 stars tracks
1 Eternal Caravan Of Reincarnation
Bass [Acoustic] – Tom Rutley*
Drums – Mike Shrieve*
Guitar – Neal Schon
Percussion – Carlos Santana, James Mingo Lewis*... Read more
Published 7 months ago by maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Santana....numero uno.
This is a fabulous recording by Carlos Santana, one of his very best. But, the sad thing is, is that Santana hasn't got better in his music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Keith R. Sauerwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
I have an original vinyl copy from college days, an early CD but this SACD is in a completely different league. The sound and separation is excellent.
Published 12 months ago by Manxted
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Carlos
This was Santana's first album after his conversion to Buddhism, and this is evident in the music, particlarly on 'Waves Within' and 'All the Love of the Universe'. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Zomby Woof
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel the Heat
I had the first 4 Santana albums on vinyl and this is the last one to be replaced. I personally felt this to be not as good as the previous three and did not get any of the later... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Well !!!!!
CD was in new and in good condition. Music, well, maybe it will grow on me. It was not the Santana I was expecting. Never mind you live and learn. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Beverley D. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravanserai--one of the best and cant expect another like this from...
Probably one of their best albums made in the purple period with Welcome. Still love to see the band live and im going in july to Wembley--last few albums very diasapointing... Read more
Published 18 months ago by steve furniss
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Reminder
I bought this on LP years ago. It's a bit scratched so a CD replacement was in order. I'd forgotten what a great album it is. One for everyone who loves good guitar playing.
Published 19 months ago by lonniej
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravanserai
As usual, Santana does it again. I have been listening to them for years and am always amazed at the variety of music that comes from them.
Published 22 months ago by DaveB
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