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“Caravanserai” is the fourth studio album by Santana released on October 11, 1972. It marked a major turning point in Carlos Santana’s career as it was a sharp departure from his critically acclaimed first three albums. Original bass guitarist David Brown left the group in 1971 and was replaced by Doug Rauch and Tom Rutley, while original percussionist Michael Carabello left and was replaced by Armando Peraza. Keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie, who was having a falling-out with Santana, was replaced by Tom Coster on a few songs. “Caravanserai” reached number eight in the Billboard 200 chart and number six in the R&B Album chart in 1972.
The sound contrasted greatly with Santana's trademark fusion of salsa rock and jazz,and concentrated mostly on jazz-like instrumental passages. The album is the first among a series of Santana albums that were known for their increasing musical complexity, marking a move away from the popular rock format of the early Santana albums toward a more contemplative and experimental jazz sound.
It was the last Santana album to feature Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon, who went on to form Journey the following year.