By the end of 1970 Santana had recruited a seventh member, teenage guitarist Neal Schon, who joined existing members Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Greg Rolie (keyboards), David Brown (bass), Michael Shrieve (drums), José Areas (percussion) and Mike Carabello (percussion).Their third album was another wonderful fusion of rock, jazz and latin music, arguably bettering its more widely known predecessor Abraxas. Schon's guitar was very much in evidence throughout, as he took many solos, sharing the lead roles with Santana himself. Santana also sung a rare lead vocal on "Everything's Coming Our Way".
The album generated two hit singles - "Everybody's Everything" and "No One To Depend On" charted at #12 and #36 respectively. The album itself got to #1. It is generally seen as the third in a trilogy of great albums by the band's 'classic' early lineup. It actually marked the end of an era, as following its release the band drifted apart and Carlos Santana took control of the name himself, taking it towards much more experimental (and subsequently less commericial) sounds.
Abraxas (1970) <|> Caravenserai (1972)
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