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Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades—from Santana's earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco—Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends ... Read more in Amazon's Santana Store

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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMV58
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going Home
2. Love, Devotion and 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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This album is highly recommended for Santana fans and Jazz fans as well.
Mario Bonilla
With WELCOME, his fifth album with the Santana band, guitarist-leader Carlos Santana continues to embrace both jazz-rock fusion and spirituality.
The Footpath Cowboy
If you are into Jazz, Rock and Fusion, this album would fit as a real Jewel in your musical collection.
W. Noshie

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By W. Noshie on February 23, 2007
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Welcome is Santana's Fifth studio recording album; Nothing like Santana I, Abraxas or Santana III; yet a pure state of art (Latin Jazz Rock fusion) musical release.

After his great success in his first 3 releases, Santana begins to discover new musical routes hand in hand with the Great guitarist John Mc Laughlin.

They release this CD hand in hand with "Love, Devotion and surrender".

Back in 1973, both albums were disregarded by most of the radio stations and even by most of Santana fans, who expected a more Latin Rock albums.

Obviously Carlos Santana was deviating from his original Latin Rock roots sound and taking the Jazz Rock fusion path.

Back to "Welcome"; if you are a Santana guitar fan, you will be pleased listening to this album today; it did not age one single minute.

If you are into Jazz, Rock and Fusion, this album would fit as a real Jewel in your musical collection.

Last and not Least; If you like this CD, I believe you would probably enjoy the following releases as well:

1. Love Devotion and Surrender by Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin

2. Caravanserai by Santana

3. Illuminations by Santana

4. Devotion by John McLaughlin

Welcome to the great Jazz Fusion sounds and music; Highly recommended.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on March 5, 2006
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Just as on their previous release, Caravanserai, Welcome sees Santana complementing their Latin rock sound with a jazz feel. Although there aren't any bonafide classics here like "Evil Ways" or "Black Magic Woman", the music and lyrics on Welcome embrace spirituality more than their music had previously. Also worth noting is that while Caravanserai must be listened to its entirety to fully digest, Welcome is more of a song-based collection. The opening "Going Home" continues the Santana trend of the instrumental opener providing the feel for the rest of the album. In this case, the organs provide a majestic churchlike feel before piano and Carlos' ringing guitar lines provide a feeling of peace. This kicks right into the funky "Love, Devotion and Surrender", a track where Carlos, Wendy Haas, and Leon Thomas share vocal duties, with each of them adding a little more emotion as the song progresses. "When I Look Into Your Eyes" is a love poem put to music with a dated keyboard outro while the excellent "Yours Is The Light" features near operatic vocals from Flora Purim. "Light Of Life", with its strings and majestic vocals from Thomas, is also a highlight. As for the instrumentals, both "Mother Africa" and "Flame Sky" are two of the band's best with the former featuring a killer sax solo from Jules Broussard while the latter contains wicked solos from both Carlos and guest guitarist John McLaughlin. The original closing title track projects a similar feel to its opener, one of eternal peace. The bonus track, "Mantra", has a very chaotic feel, similar in intensity to "Flame Sky", and complements the album well. Although not quite as cohesive as their first four albums, Welcome is a strong musical statement that still blows most of today's music, including Santana's more recent output, right out of the water.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By kireviewer VINE VOICE on February 7, 2000
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This is the first Santana album after Carlos got into his religious/mystic stage. It is quite a departure from other material by the "group", although Carlos does have a number of solo albums along the same lines. It is more of a jazz fusion than the traditional latin beat. There is a duet with John McLaughlin and a cover of a Herbie Hancock number. There are also three excellent jazz flavored songs. Fans of the more traditional Santana music might not appreciate this experimentation into jazz, while the jazz fusion fans might not appreciate the latin rhythms. I found it to be an excellent merger of the two styles.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P.J. Le Faucheur on March 2, 2006
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The overall sound on this CD is lush, breezy and very much a record to be played during the summertime. The vocals of the great Leon Thomas haunt one and Santanas guitarwork is very restrained. On one track it's unleashed. "Flame Sky" is a guitar battle between Carlos & John McLaughlin and is set just around a basic E minor/F major 7th chord progression...very simple..that's until the solos fly and both guitarists float in outer space! McLaughlins classic machine gun,rapid fire riffs will scorch the hair on your head.

Definitely one of the highest points in the careers of both men.

A stunningly beautiful album throughout that is once again inspired largely by the music of the great John Coltrane.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mario Bonilla on November 21, 2005
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Continuing the path that Caravanserai started on, Welcome is what jazz fusion really is all about. Released in 1973 between two world tours, Welcome showcased Santana's ability to play excellent music, even after Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon left the band. This album shows a high level of maturation in the band's music. Santana went from Afro-Cuban/rock jams, to highly sophisticated compositions.

The "latin" feel is virtually gone in this album. "Only Samba de Sausalito" and "Yours Is the Light" show a hint of latin music in them. Nevertheless, all the songs on the album are very good. The highlight of the album, however, is "Flame Sky".

This 11 minute song showcases Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin's breathtaking guitar work.

This album is highly recommended for Santana fans and Jazz fans as well. However, if you are new to Santana and you are expecting to hear songs such as "Oye Como Va" and "Evil Ways", you might want to get this album a little later, after you have familiarized yourself with Santana's music. You also might want to get Caravanserai first too.
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