Welcome (Santana album)

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Studio album by Santana
Released November 9, 1973
Recorded April to June 1973
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 50:34
Label Columbia
Producer Carlos Santana, Mike Shrieve, Tom Coster
Santana chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]

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, Richard Kermode 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.

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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

1."Going Home"InstrumentalAdapted from Antonín Dvořák's "New World Symphony"; arr.: Alice Coltrane and Santana Band4:10
2."Love, Devotion & Surrender"Carlos SantanaSantana, Richard Kermode3:35
3."Samba de Sausalito"InstrumentalJosé Areas3:08
4."When I Look into Your Eyes"Michael ShrieveShrieve, Tom Coster5:49
5."Yours Is the Light"ShrieveKermode5:44

Side two[edit]

6."Mother Africa"InstrumentalHerbie Mann; arr. by Coster, Santana5:54
7."Light of Life"SantanaSantana, Kermode, Coster3:49
8."Flame - Sky"InstrumentalDoug Rauch, Santana, John McLaughlin11:32
9."Welcome"InstrumentalJohn Coltrane6:28

2003 remastered CD edition bonus track[edit]

10."Mantra"Santana, Shrieve, Coster6:10


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


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


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

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


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Welcome - Santana | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: Album: Santana: Welcome". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Palmer, Bob (3 January 1974). "Album Reviews: Santana - Welcome". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Santana: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Santana – Welcome". Music Canada. 
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Santana – Welcome". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Welcome in the search field and then press Enter.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Santana – Welcome". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH