Remastered edition of Carlos' spaced-out jazzy masterpiece from 1972. Highly recommended.
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Carlos and the Santana band made their name on the strength of their first three albums. Such was the power and quality of the music, but Caravanserai surmounted that and is arguably the best Santana has ever produced, representing also Santana's first deviation into the dreamy, mystical, jazzy sounds. The "spirit of creativity" must have descended on Earth to infuse the Santana band with supernatural musicianship when this album was made...then departed back to heaven, for such work is rarely seen, rarely repeated. To this day the music remains fresh, original, spiritual. Such is the quality of this album, that it was once described as music for musicians. Every single track a masterpiece, even the cover art is mystical. The album retains a linear and uniform feel throughout as the tracks merge smoothly into each other. Intensity gradually builds up, then letting go in cycles of sheer musical ecstasy. "Stone flower" (track 8), is authored by none other...
There are few musicians who elevate the art form to the levels achieved by Carlos Santana, Mike Shrieve, Gregg Rolie, and Neal Schon on this album. CARAVANSERAI was created at a transitional phase in the band's evolution which was marked by Carlos' spiritual inner journey and a high degree of openness and experimentation in the band's approach to the music. Added to these factors are the sheer virtuosity and musicianship of the band members, who were now at the peak of their craft. There have been only a few albums that achieve the level of beauty and mastery that this album does. Do I dare name them? The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour, Jefferson Airplane's - Volunteers, Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland. CARAVANSERAI is one of life's mysteries that I don't want to figure out. I don't know why it moves my heart and soul, but it does, from beginning to end. It is easily Santana's best work.
"Caravanserai" represents Carlos Santana's finest moment, in my book, even considering his superb first two albums. His jazz/rock fusion becomes largely dominated by jazz here, with less of the raw latin beat/latin sound, altho these are present in more refined form. The jazz is modern, fairly often fast-paced and hard driving, and very rhythmic and melodic. It is the music that is the thing, for only three of the entries have lyrics. Santana delivers a tour de force, a work of compelling beauty, and one of my all-time favorite recordings. A highlight (in fact, probably the best track) is the group's rendition of Jobim's "Stone Flower." The Santana band not only expands upon, but outdoes, the Brazilian master's composition, delivering terrific, smooth guitar and keyboards, par excellence as a rhythmic display. Piano sometimes take over the lead, and the percussion is also great, including a cuica, a new Brazilian instrument. Everything else is also very enjoyable. Among the other...
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