on 3 December 2002
These are each brilliant albums, but quite different in character. Abraxas is easily the most accessible and has Santana's irresistable rhythms to set your dancing feet tapping.
Caravanserai at first sounds a little like a 70's freak-out session, but its long, cumulative passages present you with a musical tour de force that challenges the concept of music being written for 3-minute tracks and, with very little in the way of lyrics, tells you all you need to know just by the eway these guys all play their instruments.
Welcome is a very difficult album for many Santana fans. It is the only one featuring their line-up when they included two ladies in the band, and heaven knows where their studio engineer learned to mix sounds. But make the effort to listen to this one occasionally... don't force it on yourself, just let it grow upon you. It might take you years, maybe you'll never 'get' this album, but if you do, you will love it with the same deep passion that went into so many of the tracks.
I thoroughly recommend this triple offering to anyone who wants to hear great Latin American rock music by one of the world's most accomplished bands.