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Drawing on rock, salsa, and jazz, Santana recorded one imaginative, unpredictable gem after another during the 1970s. But Caravanserai is daring even by Santana's high standards. Carlos Santana was obviously very hip to jazz fusion -- something the innovative guitarist provides a generous dose of on the largely instrumental Caravanserai. Whether its approach is jazz-rock or simply rock, this album is consistently inspired and quite adventurous. Full of heartfelt, introspective guitar solos, it lacks the immediacy of Santana or Abraxas. Like the type of jazz that influenced it, this pearl (which marked the beginning of keyboardist/composer Tom Coster's highly beneficial membership in the band) requires a number of listenings in order to be absorbed and fully appreciated. But make no mistake: this is one of Santana's finest accomplishments.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099751112822
catalogNumber: 919876
Rank: 101273

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carlos Santana   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Spoken Word
Michael Shrieve   Drums,Spoken Word
Neal Schon   Guitar
Hadley Caliman   Saxophone
Tom Coster   Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Mel Martin   Saxophone
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals
Lenny White   Percussion,Castanets
José Chepitó Areas   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Gregg Rolie   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Bob Fereira   Saxophone
Wendy Haas   Piano,Keyboards
Tom Harrell   Trumpet
James Mingo Lewis   Percussion,Piano,Bongos,Conga,Vocals
Jules Powell   Trombone
Doug Rauch   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Rico Reyes   Percussion,Vocals
David Rodriguez   Guitar
Douglas Rodrigues   Guitar
Douglas Rodriguez   Guitar
Tom Rutley   Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Producer
Neal Schon   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Mike Larner   Engineer
James Mingo Lewis   Composer
Doug Rauch   Composer
Hal Miller   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Joan Chase   Artwork
Paramahansa Yogananda   Author

Customer Reviews

Caravanserai 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply the best Santana record -EVER! Listen to Waves Within and Song of the Wind for guitar that can make the soul soar. For those of you who are new to Santana (aka Supernatural) check out the real Santana sound - where it all began!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Santana of all time. Just be aware that parts of it are extremely mellow. But the best of this CD is truly the best of all classic rock.