The studio tracks are good, and point a transitional period. Posted Sunday, February 4, 2018 Review 1871836 Yes, I should hate this album. In few words, Welcome sounds like almost nothing Santana did before. He has not slowed down since: On a roll from his Woodstock performance his debut album shot up the chart bringing in a high-power fusion of rock and Latin beats. In fact, they could be easily be mistaken as several funk acts of the period, like Jimmy Castor or Sly and Family Stone. At the 7:30 mark, you get improvised solo that you were expecting all along and then it returns to the lyrics shortly after. The band's quietest period was from 1984 through 1994, with no certified albums.
Granted, some of his best features are back: the percussion is upfront again, the instrumentals are simpler and rockier, and his guitar is more prominent than in his two previous albums. Santana's new musical approach was closer to the brazilian instrumental scene of the time than anything: he had already recorded the celebrated brazilian songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim's Stone Flower on the previous album and the vocal tracks sound a lot like Bossa Nova stuff. Santana fans and enthusiasts and completionists will have to have this, but other than that, there isn't much to get excited about here. Wham is another fine instrumental track that closes the album. Carlos and company emerged as giants of the era-defining Bay Area music scene of the late '60s, and their fame grew far beyond its parameters while their artistry remained true to its free-flying spirit. Too bad that this album would also be the last one with Michael Shrieve, for he would get sick and eventually out of the band.
The best track however, is another instrumental, Flor de Luna Moonflower in spanish : this rumba-like tune is typical Santana guitar piece since Samba Pa Ti, where Carlos shows off his unique melodic style in great form. This one is for Collectors and fans only. That is my conclusion, both as a huge Carlos Santana fan and a guitar player myself. With Caravanserai, the group changed directions developing a stunning jazz-rock and the album remains one of the textbook case of fusion music. That is no small feat at all. Not my favorite Santana phase of his long career, but it was an interesting experiment. He has also collaborated on twenty-seven albums with numerous artists, such as and , and appeared in forty-nine albums as a guest guitarist.
With no concessions and no fillers, it was proof that they did not surrender to the fashion of the day yet. The presence of Moreira's wife, singer Flora Purim, on one track is no coincidence. But I would not recommended it for a newbie. They dropped much of the soul and funky influences of Amigos and Festival and clearly they were aiming for the Album Oriented Rock format that they would pursue during the late 70´s and early 80´s. You get the usual quick Santana licks between the lines of the song, again as you have heard before. Their most recent album is the 2016 release,. Festival is probably the most latin influenced album of Santana´s entire career, with no less than 3 tracks entirely sung in spanish.
This album reached fourth place on the and earned two-times platinum status by the. Archived from on February 1, 2013. The calmer second part is still good, but nothing special. Without him on board it is no coincidence that he would drop the jazz fusion elements very soon. It would be a long way back to the top. Santana — The Official Carlos Santana Web Site.
Over a career spanning 40 years, Santana exemplified , while diversifying into other genres. Yes, youÂ´ll find excellent trademark guitar lines and lots of latin percussion, but several songs are way too commercial, sanitized and bland to make this a really worthy effort. And I can´t understand why, since Santana puts a great live show since the early days and still does so many years after they were formed. Carlos and company emerged as giants of the era-defining Bay Area music scene of the late '60s, and their fame grew far beyond its parameters while their artistry remained true to its free-flying spirit. Born in Autlan de Navarro where there's now a street and public square in his name--to the son of a virtuoso Mariachi violinist, Carlos followed in his father's musical footsteps, taking up the violin at the age of five.
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — Austria. Interesting enough, some jazz masters did fell in love with the same style a few years before like Herbie Hancock in his Headhunters period. Archived from on February 1, 2013. Not even the only instrumental track the closer and short Touchdown Raiders reminds us of the Santana we all know and love. Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Review 1790626 In his previous album, Caravanserai 1972 , it was clear that the original band was falling apart, although they were still capable of delivering an excellent work, one of their finest.
Archived from on February 1, 2010. A fine example are the cello and harpsichord during the intro of the blues classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps George Harrison and then wonderful tremolo play on the acoustic guitar. First: the covers are surprisingly good. By the Mid-70's Santana was cruising effortlessly with a string of albums that were easily identified by the public: Moonflower, Amigos each provided huge hits while developing sophisticated fusion music. A few years later, he formed the Santana Blues Band there, and the cool, soulful riffs and rhythms of his Latin-blues based sound found an audience eager for his innovative musical ideas. So that's why he took the challenge and succeeded 'cum laude' in my opinion.
But by this time, his music is much less interesting to progheads. The next two albums duplicate the formula every time increasing his profile and winning over fans. Archived from on February 1, 2013. The result is a hodgepodge of styles that drowns the original Santana sound almost completely. But that was not to be. The last two tracks are edited versions of 'Do You Remember Me' and 'In Search of Mona Lisa' cut down to just over 3 minutes each, because, you know, some people only want to hear part of a composition or only see a portion of the Mona Lisa.
They could record a whole album of covers and it would still be very good. Posted Sunday, January 27, 2019 Review 2131914 Is this a Guitar Heaven, is this the right title? Posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Review 1802405 Although on Festival Carlos Santana promoted another almost complete change of the group´s line up only keyboards player Tom Coster was retained from the Amigos personnel , this is much a continuation of the previous effort. The first members were Carlos Santana , Tom Fraser and , Mike Carabello , Rod Harper , and. The sole exception is the 11+ minute Flame Sky, where John McLaughlin guests and shares songwriting credit. So in the end, Festival is a natural follow up to Amigos, if such thing exists.