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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 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 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]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Going Home" Instrumental Adapted from Antonín Dvořák's "New World Symphony"; arr.: Alice Coltrane and Santana Band 4:10
2. "Love, Devotion & Surrender" Carlos Santana Santana, Richard Kermode 3:35
3. "Samba de Sausalito" Instrumental José Areas 3:08
4. "When I Look into Your Eyes" Michael Shrieve Shrieve, Tom Coster 5:49
5. "Yours Is the Light" Shrieve Kermode 5:44

Side two[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
6. "Mother Africa" Instrumental Herbie Mann; arr. by Coster, Santana 5:54
7. "Light of Life" Santana Santana, Kermode, Coster 3:49
8. "Flame - Sky" Instrumental Doug Rauch, Santana, John McLaughlin 11:32
9. "Welcome" Instrumental John Coltrane 6:28

2003 remastered CD edition bonus track[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Mantra" Santana, Shrieve, Coster 6:10


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.  Enter Welcome in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Santana – Welcome". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH