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Studio album by Santana
Released October 11, 1972
Recorded February 21–May 5, 1972
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 51:21
Label Columbia
Producer Carlos Santana, Mike Shrieve
Professional reviews
Santana chronology
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Caravanserai is an album by Santana released in October 1972. It marked a major turning point in Carlos Santana's career as it was a sharp departure from his critically acclaimed first three albums. 1971 marked the departure of original bassist David Brown who was replaced by Doug Rauch and Tom Rutley and original percussionist Michael Carabello who was replaced by Armando Peraza. Keyboardist Gregg Rolie, who was having a falling-out with Santana, was replaced by Tom Coster on a few songs. Caravanserai reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart in 1972.

The sound contrasted greatly with Santana's trademark fusion of salsa, rock, and jazz, and concentrated mostly on jazz-like instrumental passages. All but three songs were instrumentals, and consequently the album yielded no hit singles. The album is the first among a series of Santana albums that were known for their increasing musical complexity, marking a move away from the popular rock format of the early Santana albums towards a more contemplative and experimental jazz sound. While Caravanserai is regarded as an artistic success, the musical changes that began on its release in 1972 marked the start of a slide in Santana's commercial popularity.

It was the last Santana album to feature Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon, who went on to form Journey the following year.

In 1998 SME records in Japan, part of Sony Music, also released the remastered version as an SACD. This disc is stereo only, and furthermore, it is a single layer SACD, which means that ordinary CD players will not play it.


Track listing


Side one

  1. "Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation" (Rutley/Schon/Shrieve) – 4:28
  2. "Waves Within" (Rauch/Rolie/Santana) – 3:54
  3. "Look Up (to See What's Coming Down)" (Rauch/Rolie/Santana) – 3:00
  4. "Just in Time to See the Sun" (Rolie/Santana/Shrieve) – 2:18
  5. "Song of the Wind" (Rolie/Santana/Schon) – 6:04
  6. "All the Love of the Universe" (Santana/Schon) – 7:40

Side two

  1. "Future Primitive" (Areas/Lewis) – 4:12
  2. "Stone Flower" (Jobim/Santana/Shrieve) – 6:15
  3. "La Fuente del Ritmo" (Lewis) – 4:34
  4. "Every Step of the Way" (Shrieve) – 9:05



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