SANTANA — Caravanserai (review)

SANTANA — Caravanserai album cover Album · 1972 · Latin Rock/Soul Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Rokukai
On the first day of class once, the professor handed out comic books at the beginning of class. I got a Carlos Santana "Rock'n' Comix" by random chance. It was great, a life spanning bio work of art. According to the comic, following Santana III Carlos began feeling his spirit wander due to his rock 'n roll lifestyle, and A Love Supreme was his only center. Nobody else wanted to be around him--he was addled, abrasive, and ill-tempered.

Then, like a mighty Phoenix Caravanserai rises from the ashes.

Full fledged jazz fusion with a heavy dose of latin percussion. Great organ from Gregg Rolie. Incredibly tight band interplay, on par with the best fusion acts. A superior album, a truly rewarding listen.

The great thing about this album is Santana's contemporaries, like the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater, anyone you name except Frank Zappa DOES NOT have the chops to pull this off. A fantastic effort that should have it's own wing in the Hall of Fame.

Author's note: I'm still searching for the Lita Ford Rock'n' Comix--if anyone has a line on one let me know
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