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Santana — Song Of The Wind
Album: Caravanserai
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7.5

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Total ratings: 1468









Released: 1972
Length: 5:56
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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 (anonymous) wrote:

I always thought Santana was overrated.



Like your comments
I'm not generally a fan but I enjoy this album, a little smoother on the attack, and more melodic and creative and the guitar work matches the music.  Well done.  
Say what you will, Carlos is and was a guitar deity.  There, I said it. 
Look at that list of members and former members of Santana!  When Carlos calls, you make room in your schedule!  So glad i've seen him live a few times
Another amazing segue! Thanks Bill, you rawk!
Die ersten 4 Alben machen Carlos zur Legende.
 pvcnote wrote:
Sublime !!!!!
 
Really? Never knew Bradley and Carlos ever jammed together. 
How do you spell unique?  C A R L O S  S A N T A N A
This is Carlos at his best,such a great album 🎸
Exactly this tune always reminds me of a very specific situation. As a student I sat behind the wheel of my Mini Cooper, turned up the volume of my stereo as loud as possible and suddenly saw a black man in the back row of a bus standing in front of me turn around  smiling and showed me a "thumb up". I was so stunned that I forgot to react... That was  in Darmstadt, Germany, 35 years ago! This picture still delights me today!
Transcendent!  This one never gets old.
Classic album but usually only the hit "Just in Time to See the Sun"
gets played....thanks RP
Damn, I've had it at 10 for years, today I wish I could raise it to 11 or 12 ... at least.

I once read an article which described Santana's guitar technique as "limited but thrilling", which I think is (a) fair comment and (b) an explanation of why some people find him monotonous or uninspired, which isn't entirely fair.  I have to admit that I love this album much more than, for example, Abraxas which gets a lot of the fan mail, though listening to the opening track, with its several minutes of crickets chirping and pretentious title (Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation, yikes)  can try the patience a bit 
 brianp53 wrote:
Played with such feeling and emotion. I love this track. It would never get played on radio in the UK. Thank you RP!
 
Never gets/got played here either, sadly, except here on the Great RP.
First time I've heard this song.  I rushed to see who it was, I was sure it was Mick Taylor on guitar! 
All bad poetry springs from true emotion-Wilde
Just like Carlos Santana's guitar solos.
Played with such feeling and emotion. I love this track. It would never get played on radio in the UK. Thank you RP!
Not too many instrumentalists out there who you can identify by the end of the first measure. Even when he's duetting with someone it's clearly him right away. And that's a good thing.
 garyalex wrote:
I think this track features some of the best work Carlos has ever done.  Given how strong his body of work is, that's quite an accomplishment.  If you listen closely, it's almost as though he's singing the notes.  Same for John Coltrane.
 

Tis Sublime 
This song brings the Angels into whatever room or venue that it is playing in
><)))))>
I think this track features some of the best work Carlos has ever done.  Given the strength of his body of work that's quite an accomplishment.  If you listen closely, it's almost as though he's singing the notes.  Same for John Coltrane.
 VSpecial wrote:
Santana is a satan of guitar
 
Wow, Someone's got it completely backwards !

Were you on crack when you wrote this ?
Great old Times.from me  10
Santana is a satan of guitar
Another good argument for music being" food for the soul"
If Santana don trus u we gon shoot u
 

If Santana don trus u we gon shoot u
Oh you’re so gooood for me Carlos.....so so so so so......
I almost thought this was Genesis for the first few seconds. I can't remember the last time I heard this... late 80s probably. Sweet
Thanks - I needed that. Takes me back to Monterey, Defense Language Institute, December 1972 ... sailing away ... 
dream during daytime with my eyes open - marvellous
Wow, haven't put this on the turntable in ages - thanks for the reminder!
This song and that album cover always send me on a sweet trip. 
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I see I rated this a 2 at some point. Sounds okay today, after listening for several minutes. Unfortunately I think it's going to go on for another week and a half. I'll go 3.
 
Perhaps it SHOULD go on for another week and a half. 
I see I rated this a 2 at some point. Sounds okay today, after listening for several minutes. Unfortunately I think it's going to go on for another week and a half. I'll go 3.
 joempie wrote:
I don't care how good he is, these endless guitar solos get on my nerves. They were the main reason for starting our punk band back in the days. Still gets on my nerves...

 
I'd love to hear you guys' songs.
 cjnuk wrote:
Tedious musical masturbation.
 
Apparently you're the expert.
 cjnuk wrote:
Tedious musical masturbation.

 
If it's tedious, you're doing it wrong.
More evidence of a sharply divided electorate. 

cjnuk wrote:
Tedious musical masturbation.

 
NicJohn
(Northern Michigan)
Posted: Apr 07, 2017 8:07
 

Only Song in my library that is rated 11 out of 10.  Always feel good when I listen to this.  Bliss.
Tedious musical masturbation.
Last Santana album to have Neal Schon and the first to not produce a hit single, all instrumental except 3 songs.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Santana is a solo lead guitarist, not a riff monster like Page or Richards. He also wasn't into two-minute, two-chord crunch fests. What did you expect?

"Rock" has room for a lot of different styles (sub-genres). That's what makes it so great. As a drummer back then and up through the years, I didn't limit myself to one thing, just like I don't eat and drink the same thing every day. I appreciated (and still do) everything from folk, pop, prog, fusion, funk, hard rock, punk, new wave/post-punk, you name it. My criteria were things like: 'does it sound good...does it groove?', 'does it fit a mood at the time?', 'Is it saying something to me?'

Throw open the doors of your mind, man, there's a lot out there to discover. Like Junior in the movie Platoon said, "Free your mind and your ass will follow."  {#Sunny}

 
AMEN to that!!{#Bananajam}
 Proclivities wrote:

I don't especially agree with that poster, but, to be fair, you are not really "following" that logic, you are directing it.  He brought up Santana's "endless guitar solos", not "soaring" solos in general.  John Coltrane seldom played "endless" sax solos; he generally shared "soloing" time with his bandmates.  Does Yo Yo Ma really solo that often?  At no point did he say there was "too much" of anything (piano, singing, violin, etc.) - you added that phrase yourself.

 
"Endless" and "too much" are virtually synonymous. He said 'these endless solos,' it's logical and appropriate for me to infer that his opinion can be read as 'too much.' 

As for this particular solo, well, to me it soars. Endless solos? Paco de Lucia played countless solos. Even when Yo Yo Ma is part of an ensemble, he does indeed solo, and I've seen and heard him do it. And many other stellar musicians do the same. 

Great memories of living in Torremolinos, then Tenerife being 19, way back in 1973.
 kingart wrote:

So let's follow that logic. No John Coltrane, endless sax solos. No Thelonious Monk, too much piano. No Billie Holliday, too much singing. No Itzhak Perlman, too much violin. No Yo Yo Ma, endless cello solos.  Miles Davis?  Paco De Lucia?  Julian Bream?  And so on.
Musicians who master their instrument are compelled to share it. If that guitar is too much, there is always Pandora.  Or Adele.  Oh, wait, all she does is sing. How about John Cage, or John Tavener.  Half the time, there is very little music to their music at all.  I suppose that's one of the points.  As opposed to punk, a lot of which, good as it can be, is a howling wall of angry dissonance. Millions of us will prefer the soaring solos. 
What punk band? What was its name? The Dead Complainers?  

 
I don't especially agree with that poster, but, to be fair, you are not really "following" that logic, you are directing it.  He brought up Santana's "endless guitar solos", not "soaring" solos in general.  John Coltrane seldom played "endless" sax solos; he generally shared "soloing" time with his bandmates.  Does Yo Yo Ma really solo that often?  At no point did he say there was "too much" of anything (piano, singing, violin, etc.) - you added that phrase yourself.
 Skydog wrote:

yeah BillG did it again tonight,
lets hope he doesn't lose that combination

 
{#Yes}{#Sunny}
Only Song in my library that is rated 11 out of 10.  Always feel good when I listen to this.  Bliss.
 DrLex wrote:

And now it was a nice segue from Thievery Corporation, the kind where it takes a while before you realize the song has changed.

 
yeah BillG did it again tonight,
lets hope he doesn't lose that combination
 joempie wrote:
I don't care how good he is, these endless guitar solos get on my nerves. They were the main reason for starting our punk band back in the days. Still gets on my nerves...

 
So let's follow that logic. No John Coltrane, endless sax solos. No Thelonious Monk, too much piano. No Billie Holliday, too much singing. No Itzhak Perlman, too much violin. No Yo Yo Ma, endless cello solos.  Miles Davis?  Paco De Lucia?  Julian Bream?  And so on.
Musicians who master their instrument are compelled to share it. If that guitar is too much, there is always Pandora.  Or Adele.  Oh, wait, all she does is sing. How about John Cage, or John Tavener.  Half the time, there is very little music to their music at all.  I suppose that's one of the points.  As opposed to punk, a lot of which, good as it can be, is a howling wall of angry dissonance. Millions of us will prefer the soaring solos. 
What punk band? What was its name? The Dead Complainers?  
 Groogrux69 wrote:
Nice segue from Time Waits For No One
 
And now it was a nice segue from Thievery Corporation, the kind where it takes a while before you realize the song has changed.
Punk?

Ya ever listen to the Ramones album? One song sounds just like the next and the next and next. Talk about boring. 
 joempie wrote:
I don't care how good he is, these endless guitar solos get on my nerves. They were the main reason for starting our punk band back in the days. Still gets on my nerves...

 
And where is your punk band now?

That's what we thought....................

 
 joempie wrote:
I don't care how good he is, these endless guitar solos get on my nerves. They were the main reason for starting our punk band back in the days. Still gets on my nerves...

 
Santana is a solo lead guitarist, not a riff monster like Page or Richards. He also wasn't into two-minute, two-chord crunch fests. What did you expect?

"Rock" has room for a lot of different styles (sub-genres). That's what makes it so great. As a drummer back then and up through the years, I didn't limit myself to one thing, just like I don't eat and drink the same thing every day. I appreciated (and still do) everything from folk, pop, prog, fusion, funk, hard rock, punk, new wave/post-punk, you name it. My criteria were things like: 'does it sound good...does it groove?', 'does it fit a mood at the time?', 'Is it saying something to me?'

Throw open the doors of your mind, man, there's a lot out there to discover. Like Junior in the movie Platoon said, "Free your mind and your ass will follow."  {#Sunny}
I don't care how good he is, these endless guitar solos get on my nerves. They were the main reason for starting our punk band back in the days. Still gets on my nerves...
 pankman wrote:
Wonderful! I stress this is only my opinion, but this is his best album.

 
my favorite
Words don't do justice 
Beautiful 
If anyone doubts his ability to jam..... just listen.   A God-like paring of guitar and percussion.
{#Sunny}{#Meditate}{#Notworthy}{#Sunny}
 pankman wrote:
Wonderful! I stress this is only my opinion, but this is his best album.

 
Close to, if not. 
Wonderful! I stress this is only my opinion, but this is his best album.
As far as I know, Carlos is still using Boogies and Paul Reed Smiths as he has for many years. I've stood about 20' in front of his stack of Mark III's in the early-mid 80's several times.

As a drummer in a former life, I can say I had no problem with his tone. {#Cool}
 kingart wrote:
No comparison. Richards stretches and strains and never makes it sound new, except compared to other Richards, but Carlos just flows. He has 20 or 30 cuts that move like this, and they're all different. Always with a great swooping melody that drives to the heart. Love him. One of the greatest musicians of my lifetime. 

 
The solo on "Time Waits For No One" is played by Mick Taylor.
He had such great tone in the early days. Not now. Sad.
Carlos definitely had a style, and he did it his way, usually on a Gibson through a Mesa Boogie... I saw him a few times, and HE JAMS!
I appreciate CS more and more - parts of this sound to my untrained ear like Duane Allman (IMHO) who I also love....
IMO, one of the guitar masterpieces of the '70's. 
 BobbyCat wrote:
Gosh, still sounds heavenly after so many years.
Heard and loved this album millions of times in the 70s... Absolute masterpiece.

 
I second that.
Gosh, still sounds heavenly after so many years.
Heard and loved this album millions of times in the 70s... Absolute masterpiece.
I can't listen to Santana. Their 'songs' or 'pieces' last forever and eventually the high pitch hurts my ears. 
 grogg wrote:
Attaching this song to Time Waits for No One ranks right up there with the inventions of penicillin and sliced bread.
 
truer words were never spoken
Wow, this brings back memories of sitting in the dorm room and trying to figure out what direction Carlos was taking the band next. An unjustly forgotten period in his work.
No comparison. Richards stretches and strains and never makes it sound new, except compared to other Richards, but Carlos just flows. He has 20 or 30 cuts that move like this, and they're all different. Always with a great swooping melody that drives to the heart. Love him. One of the greatest musicians of my lifetime. 
 chris_the_man wrote:
Santana song came out in 72,stones in 74.so now we know who stole from who

 

I seem to remember seeing Carlos in 1969 at Woodstock.......Peace...
My favorite Santana album, back when the jam and the groove was the important thing.
Nice
Santana song came out in 72,stones in 74.so now we know who stole from who

Attaching this song to Time Waits for No One ranks right up there with the inventions of penicillin and sliced bread.
Fanning the flames with a smirk on your face no doubt...? ;-) Bravo!
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
Grew up listening to every one of Santana's albums, but this, their fourth album took them in a new direction, abolutely one of their best. Followed then by Welcome, with guest artist, John McLaughlin, Love, Devotion and Surrender, spelled a new era. Carlos dove head first into  Scientology and left the rest of us behind, but his musicianship just went to a new level. Awesome stuff.
 
"Love, Devotion, and Surrender" is amazing with the fiery interplay between Carlos and John.

The guitar work here is very dentistdrillesque.

This came out the year I got married and was the first LP played on my new hi-fi in my new house. Great memories and have loved it ever since
Nice segue from Time Waits For No One
A great song from a really innovative album.
Guitar + Santana = awesome!
Tune it.
Please break a string!
Nice segue from the Stones "Time Waits for No One" to this.  Great work, RP.
 bizon wrote:
Pretentious, masturbatory wank.
 
Is that as opposed to the rare and perplexing, non-masturbatory wank?


Grew up listening to every one of Santana's albums, but this, their fourth album took them in a new direction, abolutely one of their best. Followed then by Welcome, with guest artist, John McLaughlin, Love, Devotion and Surrender, spelled a new era. Carlos dove head first into  Scientology and left the rest of us behind, but his musicianship just went to a new level. Awesome stuff.
Sublime !!!!!
 kingart wrote:
Hands down, IMO Carlos Santana is one of the greatest musicians of my lifetime.
...
 
I agree, he not only has unique musical talent, but also walks the walk of a righteous man.

While their musical genres are very different, Willie Nelson shares a lot of the same qualities. It's nice to know there are still some class acts around. Would that the new crop learns from their betters...

Hands down, IMO Carlos Santana is one of the greatest musicians of my lifetime. His tone and melody are stellar. But it takes more than just red hot music to build a superb intercontinental reputation. It's being gracious, a showman, passionate. I have met one of his Latin America road managers, who says Carlos is one of the most amenable people he has ever met. Very punctual and expecting everyone else to be the same, but smiling, helpful, ardent and righteous. Selling out huge venues all over the world is no small feat, and Carlos has been packing big houses since the Fillmore in '68. That's 43 years of 50, 60, 80 or more gigs a year, every year. Now assume a low AVERAGE of maybe 10,000 heads per house. Madison Square Garden, Budokan, Kremlin Square, huge Latin Am soccer stadiums, uhh, Woodstock, Do the math. It's more than just selling records, or making particularly great ones.  (As a major fan, I can say that Santana and the bands have cranked out 8 or so great to really good units, the rest are a mixed bag with several hot cuts and others less than fully memorable.) He's played/recorded with Dylan, Clapton, Beck, Wayne Shorter, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Kirk Hammett, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, even Placido Domingo, all the while speaking to hearts and souls to help make them happy, and the world a better place. All that is worthy of accolades by any measure.  He's not just a guitarist, he's a man on a deeply felt mission.  For those who may not know of it, check out Architects of a New Dawn. 
Actually that's Mick Taylor playing lead guitar on "Time Waits For No One."  Keith is/was the Stones rhythm guitar player.  tallboy1968 wrote:
Epic segue out of Time Waits for No One (Rolling Stones).  Keith Richards' guitar (tone and tempo) handed off and picked right up by ole Carlos.

VERY nice.
 


the most sublimely fantastic guitar work!
A one trick pony eh?  I just wish it was trick I could do!
So Hendrix, Clapton, and others are what multi trick ponies? I think not.

Carlos has a niche and plays for all it's worth, no harm in that. I too prefer the earlier stuff. 
 tallboy1968 wrote:
Epic segue out of Time Waits for No One (Rolling Stones).  Keith Richards' guitar (tone and tempo) handed off and picked right up by ole Carlos.

VERY nice.
 
Very nice indeed. Amazing Bill. You truly are the master. It's great to hear this again. All hail RP.

 IrieTom wrote:
This album is one of my favorite road-trip soundtracks.  Guaranteed to get me 50 miles further down the road with a smile on my face and more relaxed than I was at the start.
 

EEEEEE-XACTLY!!!!
{#Bananajam}... seems like Bill and I are in the same mood today!!!! cool!!!! {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Bananasplit}
 fredriley wrote:

I'll not see 50 again so was around in Santana's heyday, but even if I were 20 I'd not refrain from commenting on whether or not I like this or any other Santana number. Musical appreciation is not dependent on age and experience. If you think a song sucks, then it's your moral right to say so. Santana's a sh1t-hot guitarist and respect is due for that, but the music he put out back in the day hasn't always travelled through time so well, and Caravanserai is very much of its time, IMO, so may not be to more contemporary tastes.

And no, you shouldn't have to play an instrument to be a music critic. You don't have to play the guitar/drums/keyboard/whistle/kazoo to like a song, why should you have to be a musician to dislike it?

 

Well said, Fred.  I sorta liked Santana back in the day, but it wore thin, especially songs like this.  Still feel the same way today.
This album is one of my favorite road-trip soundtracks.  Guaranteed to get me 50 miles further down the road with a smile on my face and more relaxed than I was at the start.
Can´t stand it, boooooring.
BARBOLETTA and CARAVANSERAI
have been two of their/his top-5 albums!
(other three are Santana-1, Welcome and Moonflower)

Earlier and earliest Santana had more CLASS,
I say!

Epic segue out of Time Waits for No One (Rolling Stones).  Keith Richards' guitar (tone and tempo) handed off and picked right up by ole Carlos.

VERY nice.
 Jmatt1one wrote:
All you people who have something neg. To say about Carlos Santana must be to young to know any thing about the masters music so please keep your comments to your self and show the man some respect he's been playing for 50+ years and can you even play the guitar.... It's not easy!!!
 
I'll not see 50 again so was around in Santana's heyday, but even if I were 20 I'd not refrain from commenting on whether or not I like this or any other Santana number. Musical appreciation is not dependent on age and experience. If you think a song sucks, then it's your moral right to say so. Santana's a sh1t-hot guitarist and respect is due for that, but the music he put out back in the day hasn't always travelled through time so well, and Caravanserai is very much of its time, IMO, so may not be to more contemporary tastes.

And no, you shouldn't have to play an instrument to be a music critic. You don't have to play the guitar/drums/keyboard/whistle/kazoo to like a song, why should you have to be a musician to dislike it?

The king of noodling. All hail the noodle. 
Great record, this.
Hear !Hear !  {#Clap}
         {#Arrowd}


All you people who have something neg. To say about Carlos Santana must be to young to know any thing about the masters music so please keep your comments to your self and show the man some respect he's been playing for 50+ years and can you even play the guitar.... It's not easy!!!
 paraclete wrote:
Read some of the comments ...  way harsh!  While after the first 2 or 3 albums, I did not care much for Santana, this album is one of my all time favs
 
I believe this was the 4th album, if you don't include the John McLaughlin collaboration, and the last great album, IMO. Don't understand all the hate directed at such an amazing guitarist/musician, but hey, it's a free country.

Read some of the comments ...  way harsh!  While after the first 2 or 3 albums, I did not care much for Santana, this album is one of my all time favs
 rolland69 wrote:
So a person who masters his instrument (the guitar in this instance) and demonstrates for 40+ years that he can use it produce a library of music and is sought after by his peers to collaborate is a one-trick pony?
 
I thought we were talking about Santana.

 
 
 
 
One of my favorite Santana albums.
 rolland69 wrote:
I just read a comment on here about Santana being a one-trick pony.

So a person who masters his instrument (the guitar in this instance) and demonstrates for 40+ years that he can use it produce a library of music and is sought after by his peers to collaborate is a one-trick pony?

 

If only the library didn't consist of hundreds of copies of one book.
I just read a comment on here about Santana being a one-trick pony.

So a person who masters his instrument (the guitar in this instance) and demonstrates for 40+ years that he can use it produce a library of music and is sought after by his peers to collaborate is a one-trick pony?

So that would mean that a masterful drummer (Neal Pert), race car driver (Dale Earnhart Sr.), or a quarterback (J. Elway, D. Marino, B/ Farve, etc.)  are all one-trick ponies.

I guess the point is that the greatest influencers in any set of skills would be in fact one-trick ponies. Becasue it would be virually impossible to be more than that.

 Hannio wrote:


I think you're right.  I would definitely have a higher opinion of Santana if it hadn't become so apparent over the years that he is a one trick pony.

 

That is somewhat true, but this is one "Godlike" trick!
 PurplePrincess wrote:

Are you referring to yourself or Santana? This is one of my all time favorites, I give it an easy 10.
 
I follow in your wake, your Majesty! Regal rebuttal also!


 bizon wrote:
Pretentious, masturbatory wank.
 
Are you referring to yourself or Santana? This is one of my all time favorites, I give it an easy 10.
 Ballzak wrote:
I find it interesting that Nick Drake gets an 8.4 for his Cello Song before this and Santana has a 6.something. I wonder, if Santana had died in 1975 while Nick Drake lived and went through all the trials and tribulations 80% of long-lasting rock stars go through (indulgences of many elements including potentially crappy-music segments of their careers) if those numbers would be switched around.

These "ratings" seem to reflect more than simply our opinions of the song-of-the-moment.
 

I think you're right.  I would definitely have a higher opinion of Santana if it hadn't become so apparent over the years that he is a one trick pony.

bizon wrote:
Pretentious, masturbatory wank.

Agreed.  But you forgot boring, too.  {#Yawn}
Get me off this elevator already!