Welcome (Santana album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1973
RecordedApril to June 1973
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerCarlos Santana, Mike Shrieve, Tom Coster
Santana chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[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.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

1."Going Home"InstrumentalAdapted from Antonín Dvořák's "New World Symphony"; arr.: Alice Coltrane and Santana Band4:11
2."Love, Devotion & Surrender"Carlos SantanaSantana, Richard Kermode3:38
3."Samba de Sausalito"InstrumentalJosé Areas3:11
4."When I Look into Your Eyes"Michael ShrieveShrieve, Tom Coster5:52
5."Yours Is the Light"ShrieveKermode5:47

Side two[edit]

6."Mother Africa"InstrumentalHerbie Mann; arr. by Coster, Santana5:55
7."Light of Life"SantanaSantana, Kermode, Coster3:52
8."Flame - Sky"InstrumentalDoug Rauch, Santana, John McLaughlin11:33
9."Welcome"InstrumentalJohn Coltrane6:35

2003 remastered CD edition bonus track[edit]

10."Mantra"Santana, Shrieve, Coster6:11


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


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


Certifications for Welcome
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^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Welcome - Santana | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  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. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Santana – Welcome". Music Canada.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Santana – Welcome". British Phonographic Industry.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Santana – Welcome". Recording Industry Association of America.