Santana: Caravanserai

Album review
Santana: Caravanserai



Label: Speakers Corner
Media: LP
Genre: Rock/pop

Philosophical and musical differences created such a volatile atmosphere around the time Santana recorded Caravanserai that lineup changes seemed nonstop. Musically the chemistry among band members remained, however, as did the Latin fire, the rhythm section still scorching as the band pursued a more jazz-oriented approach. Capturing Caravanserai’s expansive yet detailed sound was no easy task, and in some respects— the way Tom Rutley’s acoustic bass cuts through, for example—the result was impressive. Yet the sound was sometimes muddy, and high-quality original pressings were not a given. Fortunately, Speakers Corner’s remastered Caravanserai sounds cleaner and sharper than the original. The incidental percussion on “Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation” is more audible and well-defined, and Michael Shrieve’s cymbals much more crisp on “Song of The Wind.” It’s not just high-frequency minutia that distinguish this release, however, as the potent shimmering wall of sound announcing “All the Love in the universe” makes clear. Perhaps the best- sounding track is “La Fuente del Ritmo,” where Carlos Santana’s staccato guitar jabs give way to a highly spatial approach, newcomer Tom Coster’s electric piano evokes McCoy Tyner, and another newcomer, Armando Peraza, attacks the bongos with rare intensity. 

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  • primary artist, Santana
  • LP

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