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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
  • ASIN: B0000A2I1D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going Home
2. Love, Devotion & Surrender
3. Samba De Sausalito
4. When I Look Into Your Eyes
5. Yours Is The Light
6. Mother Africa
7. Light Of Life
8. Flame-Sky
9. Welcome
10. Mantra

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album nearly 30 years ago, and to be frank, didn't like it a lot... the first four albums from Santana were such nuggets that this partly experimental work left me cold in places.
Replaying "Welcome" in 2002 has been an eye-opener, however. I was barely 14 years old when I borrowed it from a friend, so some naivety can be excused, I suppose. It is, quite simply a corker - one of those albums that gets better with repeated plays. When I first heard it I only really liked two tracks, but now I can see a flow to it that escaped me back then. The two tracks I did like are still classics - "Love, Devotion and Surrender" and the still sadly undervalued "Mother Africa".
"Welcome" isn't as instantly accessible as its illustrious predecessors, but it's worth the effort... it's worth it alone for "Mother Africa". My advice is buy it and take your time getting to know it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Kennedy on 25 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I originally bought this album after having got seriously into the first 'Santana' album, and the follow up 'Abraxas' - and boy was I mightily disappointed. Where was the crunching hammond of Greg Rolie or the infectious latin congo drums? Thankfully I had the good sense to go back to this album every now and again, and everytime I did I found that I was loving it more and more.

This is very much a jazz album with rock undertones. Infact you don't really notice Carlos's guitar on some of the tracks at all. Again that really put me off at first, until I started to appreciate the overall groove that the band are able to generate.

I have to say that unless you've listened to the music yourself, it's very hard to liken the sound of this record with anything else. What you get is a seriously deep jazzy vide, superb keyboard and electric piano, brilliantly hippyesque lyrics (my favourite being "Oh mother, listen to the rhythm of your heart beat. It's keeping time with all the universal children") sung by a range of singers male and female, inventive drumming and percussion, and when Carlos does jump to the front of the mix he does so with some beautifully fluid solos.

If you're a little fed up with your usual early 70's rock collection and want to dip your toe into something a little more spicy then this album is highly recommended. You'll find yourself coming back to it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WordSmith on 9 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The previous reviews say much of what I would say about the album's musical quality. This pleases me because I was afraid I was the only one who has 'discovered' the rather awkward beauty of this album, yet here it is with three (now four) glowing tributes and not one negative review amongst them. It's not accessible, it's not easy, and it's not something you want to force yourself to listen to. It's something which comes to you, when you are ready for it.
It's also weak in two key areas. Firstly, it's weak in sleeve notes... I wish I knew who played what, who sang what, and so on. It takes enigmatic silence a little far. Secondly, and crushingly, it stands out as a terrible example of the studio technician's art, being badly recorded and very badly mixed.
But the music is quietly brilliant.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Shankland on 29 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
'Welcome' from 1973 is a neglected release from Santana's back catalogue. After the post Woodstock rush of success, and deserved aclaim for delivering some cutting edge merging of rock, latin music and blues. 'Caravanserai' (1972) was far more experimental and jazz influenced than previous work. Carlos' good natured hedonism was moving towards Indian based sprituality; he worked on a joint venture with John McLaughlin 'Love Devotion and Surrender' (1973) dedicated to the teaching of Sri Chinmoy and drawing heavily on John Coltrane. Line up changes in the group carried on, and the musical direction the band would take was in freefall. 'Going Home' opens the album 'Welcome', and features Alice Coltrane's keyboards, seems to belong to 'Caravanserai' type experimental jazz-rock. Then everything changes, a whole sequence of upbeat tracks appear. 'Love Devotion and Surrender', 'When I look Into Your Eyes', and 'Yours is the Light' are infectious Latin jazz funk numbers, interupted by 'Samba De Saulito', an impressive up tempo instrumental. Carlos Santana's guitar is more played down than usual, and the talents of the rest of his associates are on display. 'Mother Africa' is a swirling range of imaginative bass and percussion with quite muted guitars, and 'Light of Life'is more soul based, could almost be Isaac Hayes. Then 'Flame-Sky' , just over eleven minutes of intense, initially quite mellow, guitar orientated work with John McLaughlin and is breath-taking,beautifully atmospheric. The release ends with a fairly competent re-make of John Coltrane's 'Welcome'. Tracks from 'Welcome' did not tend to make it on to the Santana live set lists, there are no Samba Rock anthems, the album is not immediately appealing ,the lyrics are instrospective.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Genghis Khan on 28 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite Santana album. When I first bought it way back in 1976, I wasn't expecting what I heard. It was a little hard to get into at first, but it grows on you. It's a lovely album. Contains one of Santana's finest pieces "Flame Sky". The whole album is incredible. Whenever I play it, it reminds me of my old surfing days at Mangamaunu.
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