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Caravanserai
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2005
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I bought this album when it first came out, and I still enjoy it today! This music marked a change in Santana's music, and for most people at the time of its release, some people where not ready for it. But, as I said I loved it from the very beginning.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2007
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Santana were probably one of the most consistent classic rock bands of the 70's. Every album is listenable the entire way through. When you have a unique latin sound, and are able to successfully implement that style into your music and not branch away from the formula, the results are going to be spectacular every time. That's why people remember those early Santana albums, and listen to them all the time. Hey, AC/DC never changed their style, and look at how many people agreed with that decision. Santana did the same thing, and it worked. The music is great! Alright, so Santana DID eventually change their sound, but let's focus on what they did in the early 70's, mkay? I'm focusing on the classic years because that's what people should remember Santana for.

Caravanserai is perhaps Santana's most underrated album (and no, it has nothing to do with that Canterbury band around at the same time called Caravan- MUCH different bands!). Why is the album so underrated? Because to my knowledge, classic rock radio has never played anything from it (or if they did, those days are long gone). It's mostly an instrumental album. It sounds like what you've come to expect from Santana (you know, lengthy guitar jams, latin influences, etc) though it's slightly jazzier than previous efforts. It has the absolutely glorious "Song of the Wind". Now THAT'S a classic song. Shame it's been ignored for so many years.

One thing that's important to note is that the songs actually get longer and jazzier as the album goes on. By the time you reach the final song ("Every Step of the Way") you're up to 9 whole minutes of classic guitar work mixed with those famous latin influences that only Santana could pull off successfully. What a great guitar sound, and what a great album. 52 minutes of total satisfaction. With the current price people are selling it for, you can't lose. Buy it now.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2006
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Caravanserai is the first of the three great trance/fusion albums Santana made before being corralled back into more commercial radio friendly songs. This album is almost all instrumental and fortunately these are his best. There is a good sense of structure and its clearly a guitar based album. Welcome had better songs but it is a Very mellow album and Carlos disappears frequently to give way to flute and sax solos. Borboletta is clearly the masterpiece that Caravanserai is mistaken to be. Some of the instrumentals on this final fusion album ramble on but the songs and vocals make up for it. Borboletta is also where Carlos brings back his great solos with a guitar sound that finally leaves the 60's behind.
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on September 16, 2014
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2004
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Besides Santana's "Welcome" and "Illuminations," this has to be another one of his brilliant albums. If you ever listen to this album you will probably like the last four songs. The best track which happens to be the very last song on the album 'Every Step of the Way' played with Neil Schone is extremely charismatic and energetic. This song deserves some type of recognition of a tour de force of tunes that has an impact on the music circuit. The other song which is played with a lot of percussions is 'Future Primitive' with a neat and mellow synthesizer background that carries out through the rest of the album. If you like Santana's music you will miss out what a great artist he is if you don't take a look at this album, including Welcome as mentioned above, Barboletta and Illuminations.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
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This album is very relaxing and soothing. I listen to it when I want to wind down from a long work day or when I just want to take it easy and read. I am a devoted Santans fan and love this CD. However, this is not the first CD that I would recommend for someone that is just beginning to experience Santans. Instead I would recommend "Supernatural" or "Abraxas".
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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It's late...I am between the ending of one day and the beginning of a new one...candles are lit, incense is burning, Caravanserai is playing gently on my stereo and I am transported in the world between the seen and the unseen. I allow myself to breathe in...and breathe out...with every breath cycle is life and death, crucifixion and ascension, despair and hope, destruction and renewal. I stop looking outwardly for the Light and I realize with real eyes see that the Light is within me.

I am the Light.

The music keeps going. Deeper and deeper I go. I look at things previously with a kind of detachment. Just another stage to play on...just another experience of consciousness...it looked real, it felt real, but was it? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe "True Reality" cannot even be touched.

The music continues.

I breathe in the music. I let it seep into my cells. I let it dance in each atom of creation. I let it melt in between the seen and the unseen and I breathe in my wholeness...I breathe out my holiness...I know who I am. I know where I am. I am that which I am. The fire burns bright within me and around me. The music starts to go deeper and deeper into my soul where I remember that I am just a space/just a place love.

This body is only a vehicle.
It is not who I am.
I am that I am.
I AM.
There is no other.

I breathe in...
I breathe out...

The music continues. New delights. New insights. New realms appearing as well as old ones dissolving. The changeless reality within all remains unaffected.

All is well.

Peace be still.

Peace I give to you...not as the world gives but as I give...
the I of me...the I of you...the I of we..

It's
all
One...

Dang, I got the munchies. Is there anymore of that left over pizza?

=)

Peace and Blessings, everyone!
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2009
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On this one Santana is starting to (if he hasnt already) forget his roots.
I am getting a Santana album to hear what he is known for, Latin Rock, not some subjective, artistic experiment.
This is what we get here: birds chirping and Pink Floydish psychedelic sounds.
By track 3 we are into funk, the 70's, jazz-fusion jamming. Track 10 sounds like a jam with Jethro Tull.
This is the first of Santana's jazz-fusion albums. He moved away from the formula that made him famous; that made him the ambassador of Latin Rock; that made him >SANTANA<
Had this been his first album, or this material played at Woodstock, he would've been laughed at. Look, let's be honest here, this album sounds like it was made while Carlos was on LSD. If you are a collector, are into funk and jazz, garage band jamming, instrumentals, meditation, get this album, otherwise dont waste your money. If you want more of basically the same, get 'The Swing of Delight'.

Which Santana albums are good? First 3, Santana Brothers, Milagro, Festival, Zebop!, Amigos, Supernatural, and perhaps Shaman, maybe Oneness: Silver Dreams Golden Reality barely cuts it.
Live: Moonflower, Lotus, Sacred Fire.
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