Caravanserai (album)

Caravanserai (album)

Studio album by Santana
Released October 11, 1972
Recorded February 21–May 5, 1972 at Columbia Studios, San Francisco, California
Genre Jazz fusion, jam rock, rock en español
Length 51:21
Label Columbia
Producer Carlos Santana, Mike Shrieve
Santana chronology
Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live!
Love Devotion Surrender
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Caravanserai is the fourth studio 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. Original bassist David Brown left the group in 1971 and was replaced by Doug Rauch and Tom Rutley, while original percussionist Michael Carabello left and was replaced by Armando Peraza. Keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie, who was having a falling-out with Santana, was replaced by Tom Coster on a few songs. Caravanserai reached number eight in the Billboard 200 chart and number six in the R&B Albums chart in 1972.[5]

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 tracks 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. This album has been mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic.

In a 2013 interview, drummer and album co-producer Michael Shrieve recalled Columbia Records President Clive Davis, upon first hearing the finished album, telling Carlos he was committing "career suicide".

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.

The album was remastered in 2003 for Columbia Legacy.


  • Track listing 1
    • Side one 1.1
    • Side two 1.2
  • Personnel 2
  • Production 3
  • Certifications 4
  • References 5

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation" (Tom Rutley, Neal Schon, Michael Shrieve) – 4:28
  2. "Waves Within" (Doug Rauch, Gregg Rolie, Carlos 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" (José Areas, Mingo Lewis) – 4:12
  2. "Stone Flower" (Music — Antonio Carlos Jobim; lyrics — Santana, Shrieve) – 6:15
  3. "La Fuente del Ritmo" (Lewis) – 4:34
  4. "Every Step of the Way" (Shrieve) – 9:05


  • Carlos Santana – lead guitar (2-4,8,9), guitar (5-6,10), vocals (6), percussion (1,8)
  • Neal Schon – guitar (1,3-6,8-10)
  • Gregg Rolie – organ (2-6,8,10), electric piano (6), vocals, piano
  • Douglas Rauch – bass (2-6), guitar (2-3)
  • Douglas Rodrigues – guitar (2)
  • Wendy Haas – piano (1,8)
  • Tom Rutley – acoustic bass (1,6,8-10)
  • Michael Shrieve – drums (1-6,8-10), percussion
  • José "Chepito" Areas – percussion, congas (7), timbales (2-4,6-7,9-10), bongos (8)
  • James Mingo Lewis – percussion (1,8-9), congas (2-10), bongos (7), vocals (6), acoustic piano (9)
  • Armando Peraza – percussion (8), bongos (9)
  • Hadley Caliman – saxophone intro (1), flute (10)
  • Rico Reyes – vocals (6)
  • Lenny White – castanets (6)
  • Tom Coster – electric piano (9)
  • Tom Harrell – orchestra arrangement (10)


  • Produced by Carlos Santana & Mike Shrieve
  • Recorded & engineered by Glen Kolotkin & Mike Larner
  • Recorded at Columbia Studios, San Francisco, California March, April, & May 1972
April 6, recorded All the Love of the Universe


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[7] Gold 100,000*
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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