A quartet of classic Santana albums will be reissued Aug. 12 via Columbia/Legacy. All four titles -- "Caravanserai," "Moonflower," "Love Devotion Surrender" (with Mahavishnu John McLaughlin), and "Wel
A quartet of classic Santana albums will be reissued Aug. 12 via Columbia/Legacy. All four titles -- "Caravanserai," "Moonflower," "Love Devotion Surrender" (with Mahavishnu John McLaughlin), and "Welcome" -- date back to the 1970s, and have been remixed and remastered for re-release. They feature newly written liner notes by Hal Miller; all but 1972's "Caravanserai" feature bonus tracks.
"Caravanserai" marked the beginning of the Carlos Santana-led band's jazz fusion foray, and peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's album chart. "Love Devotion Surrender" and "Welcome" saw the bandleader diving further into the genre's exploration. Released a few months apart in 1973, the sets peaked at No. 14 and No. 25, respectively, on Billboard's album chart.
The former features Carlos Santana and fellow guitarist McLaughlin, both at the time followers of spiritual guru Sri Chinmoy, joined by members of Santana and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The resulting five-track album was a near-religious experience that kicked off with an interpretation of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme." An alternate take of that cut, as well as an alternate take on Coltrane's "Naima," have been added to the reissue.
The title cut of "Welcome" is also a Coltrane original. The previously unreleased song "Mantra" bolsters the re-release of the album.
Finally, 1977's double-disc "Moonflower" was a mix of live and studio material that grows here with the inclusion of single versions of three of the album's songs: "Black Magic Woman," "I'll Be Waiting," and the Zombies' "She's Not There." The latter reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album peaked at No. 10.
As previously reported, Santana is donating all proceeds from his summer tour to Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), which raises funds to fight aids. The trek begins June 11 in Atlanta, with support from Angelique Kidjo.