With Coke Escovedo, David Brown, Michael Carabello, Neal Schon and Greg Rolie gone, Santana were a new band in 1972 when they toured the West Coast of America and Canada. Carlos was reportedly sick at heart and depressed. It was during this time that he was turned on to Sri Chinmoy and became a devotee.
His music however remained positive as evidenced by the classic Caravanserai and the collaboration with John McLaughlin on Love, Devotion And Surrender. Santana kept himself busy with new projects but never lost touch with the band and his classic tunes.
By 1972, Carlos Santana was showing signs he didn't want to be just a Latin rocker. His Caravanserai album was still cooking in the studio [finally released Nov 11, 1972]. This would be his most experimental work from the period. The live album with Buddy Miles was released in August and on the horizon was work with John McLaughlin on the underrated Love, Devotion And Surrender album. But the best album of this period remains his lovely Caravanserai with its multiple personalities to be admired with every fresh listen.
Carlos Santana - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Doug Rauch - bass
Michael Shrieve - drums
James Mingo Lewis - congas, percussion
Jose Chepito Areas - timbales, percussion
Richard Kermode - keyboards
Armando Peraza - congas, percussion
Live in Seattle 1972 [no label, 2CD]
Live at Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, October 15, 1972.
Track 101 A-1 Funk/ Every Step Of The Way
Track 102 Samba Pa Ti
Track 103 Look Up [To See What's Coming Down
Track 104 Just In Time To See The Sun
Track 105 Incident At Neshabur
Track 106 Bambele/ All The Love Of The Universe Theme
Track 107 Stone Flower
Track 108 Waiting
Track 109 Castillos De Arena Pt 1
Track 110 Free Angela
Track 111 Mantra
Track 112 Drums
Track 113 Castillos De Arena Pt 2/ crowd
Track 114 Earth
Track 115 Se A Cabo
Track 201 Savor
Track 202 Toussaint L'Overture
Track 203 Welcome [Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
Track 204 La Fuente Del Ritmo