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Welcome (Santana album)

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Released  November 9, 1973
Length  50:34
Artist  Santana
Label  Columbia Records
Recorded  April to June 1973
Welcome (1973)  Lotus (1974)
Release date  9 November 1973
Genre  Jazz fusion
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Producers  Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve, Tom Coster
Similar  Caravanserai, Borboletta, Love Devotion, Amigos, Festival

Santana going home


Welcome is the fifth studio album by Santana, released in 1973. It followed the jazz-fusion formula that the preceding Caravanserai had inaugurated, but with an expanded and different lineup this time. Gregg Rolie had left the band along with Neal Schon to form Journey, and they were replaced by Tom Coster and Leon Thomas, along with guest John McLaughlin, who had collaborated with Carlos Santana on Love Devotion Surrender. Welcome also featured John Coltrane's widow, Alice, as a pianist on the album's opening track, "Going Home" and Flora Purim (the wife of Airto Moreira) on vocals. This album was far more experimental than the first four albums, and Welcome did not produce any hit singles.

Contents

In 2003, the album was re-released with a bonus track, "Mantra", which was part of a jam session between Tom Coster, Carlos Santana, and Mike Shrieve.

Santana welcome 1973


Band members

  • Carlos Santana – electric guitar (2-5,7-9), acoustic guitar (2), bass guitar (6), kalimba (6), percussion (1,7), vocals (2), producer
  • Tom Coster – Yamaha organ (1,4,6,8), Hammond organ (2,4,5), electric piano (3,7), acoustic piano (6,8,9), organ (7), marimba (6), percussion (3), strings arrangements (7), producer
  • Richard Kermode – Hammond organ (1,3,8), mellotron (1), electric piano (2,4-7,9), acoustic piano (5), marimba (4), shekere (4,6), percussion (3)
  • Douglas Rauch – bass guitar (1-5,7-9)
  • Michael Shrieve – drums (1,2,4-8), producer
  • José "Chepito" Areas – percussion (3,9), congas (3), timbales (2,3,6,7)
  • Armando Peraza – percussion (1,3,9) congas (2,4-8), bongos (4), cabasa (5)
  • Leon Thomas – lead vocals (2, 4, 7), whistling (5)
  • Additional musicians

  • Wendy Haas – vocals (2, 4)
  • Flora Purim – lead vocals (5)
  • John McLaughlin – guitar (8)
  • Joe Farrell – solo flute (4)
  • Bob Yance – flute (4, 5)
  • Mel Martin – flute (4, 5)
  • Douglas Rodriguez – rhythm guitar (4)
  • Tony Smith – drums (3)
  • Jules Broussard – soprano saxophone (6)
  • Greg Adams – strings arrangements (7)
  • Production

  • Glen Kolotkin - engineer
  • Bob Irwin - 2003 CD reissue producer
  • Songs

    1Going Home4:12
    2Love Devotion & Surrender3:39
    3Samba De Sausalito3:11

    References

    Welcome (Santana album) Wikipedia


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