Santana – Welcome (1973/2014) [AcousticSounds FLAC 24/96]

Santana – Welcome (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:50:39 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | © Columbia Records
Recorded: April to June 1973

In 1973 Carlos Santana and The Santana Band were now one of the world’s most loved rock and fusion bands of all time. After several studio albums and the two collaboration albums with Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live and Love Devotion Surrender with John McLaughlin, the world was now buzzing around the energy that these superstars would lay down on vinyl with the soon to be rock/jazz/funk powerhouse Welcome.

Featuring a cross section of Santana classics such as “Going Home,” “Light of Life” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes,” plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts such as Santana and John McLaughlin’s “Flame – Sky,” and the stellar John Coltrane masterpiece interpretation” Welcome, Carlos Santana’s guitar was truly a voice heard around the musical world.

Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original Santana band mates Michael Shrieve on his dynamic drums, Doug Rauch on his prolific bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion, plus the brilliant acid jazz superstar Leon Thomas on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Peraza, the legendary John McLaughlin on guitar, Joe Farrell on flute, and the stellar keyboard work of long time Santana associate Tom Coster.

The mark that the recording of Caravanserai and Love Devotion Surrender had left on Carlos Santana was monumental. The issue of Welcome, the band’s fifth album and its first with the new lineup, was a very ambitious affair and was regarded by traditional fans of Santana with even more strangeness than its two predecessors. However, issued as it was at the end of 1973, after Miles had won a Grammy for Bitches Brew and after Weather Report, Return to Forever, and Seventh House had begun to win audiences from the restless pool of rock fans, Santana began to attract the attention of critics as well as jazz fans seeking something outside of the soul-jazz and free jazz realms for sustenance. The vibe that carried over from the previously mentioned two albums plus the addition of vocalist Leon Thomas to the fold added a bluesy, tougher edge to the sound showcased on Caravanserai. The band’s hard root was comprised of Carlos, drummer Michael Shrieve, bassist Doug Rauch, and keyboard king Tom Coster. Add to this the percussion section of Armando Peraza and Chepito Areas as well as a second keyboard by Richard Kermode, and space was the place. The John Coltrane influence that inspired the Santana/John McLaughlin pairing on Love Devotion Surrender echoes here on “Going Home,” the album’s opening track, arranged by Coltrane’s widow, pianist and harpist Alice. The deeper jazz fusion/Latin funk edge is articulated on the track “Samba de Sausalito,” and to a much more accessible degree on “Love, Devotion & Surrender,” which features Thomas growling through the choruses and also features Wendy Haas, a keyboardist on Love Devotion Surrender who is enlisted here as a second vocalist. In fact, her pairing with Thomas on Shrieve’s “When I Look Into Your Eyes” is nothing less than beatific. McLaughlin makes a return appearance here on the stunningly beautiful guitar spiritual “Flame Sky.” Brazilian song diva Flora Purim is featured on “Yours Is the Light,” a gorgeous Afro-Brazilian workout that embraces Cuba son, samba, and soul-jazz. Welcome also marked the first appearance of French soprano saxophonist Jules Broussard on a Santana date. He would later collaborate with Carlos and Alice Coltrane on Illuminations. Ultimately, Welcome is a jazz record with rock elements, not a rock record that flirted with jazz and Latin musical forms. It is understandable why Santana punters would continue to be disenchanted, however. Welcome was merely ahead of its time as a musical journey and is one of the more enduring recordings the band ever made. This is a record that pushes the envelope even today and is one of the most inspired recordings in the voluminous Santana oeuvre. –AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

Tracklist:
1 Going Home 4:11
2 Love, Devotion & Surrender 3:38
3 Samba De Sausalito 3:11
4 When I Look Into Your Eyes 5:51
5 Yours Is The Light 5:46
6 Mother Africa 5:55
7 Light Of Life 3:51
8 Flame-Sky 11:31
9 Welcome 6:29

Personnel:
Carlos Santana – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, kalimba, percussion, vocals, producer
Tom Coster – Yamaha organ, Hammond organ, electric piano, acoustic piano, organ, marimba, percussion, strings arrangements, vocals, producer
Richard Kermode – Hammond organ, mellotron, electric piano, acoustic piano, marimba, shekere, percussion
Douglas Rauch – bass guitar
Michael Shrieve – drums, producer
José “Chepito” Areas – percussion, conga, timbales
Armando Peraza – percussion, conga, bongos, cabasa, vocals

Additional:
Leon Thomas – lead vocals (2, 4, 7), whistling (5)
Wendy Haas – vocals (2, 4)
Flora Purim – lead vocals (5)
John McLaughlin – guitar (8)
Joe Farrell – solo flute (4)
Bob Yance – flute (4, 5)
Mel Martin – flute (4, 5)
Douglas Rodriguez – rhythm guitar (4)
Tony Smith – drums (3)
Jules Broussard – soprano saxophone (6)
Greg Adams – strings arrangements (7)

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