In 1973 Carlos Santana and The Santana Band were now one of the world’s most loved rock and fusion bands of all time. After several studio albums and the two collaboration albums with Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live (FRM-31308) and Love Devotion Surrender with John McLaughlin (FRM-32034) the world was now buzzing around the energy that these superstars would lay down on vinyl with the soon to be rock/jazz/funk powerhouse Welcome. Featuring a cross section of Santana classics like Going Home, Light Of Life and When I Look Into Your Eyes, plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts like Santana and John McLaughlin’s Flame-Sky, and the stellar John Coltrane masterpiece interpretation Welcome, Carlos Santana’s guitar was truly a voice heard around the musical world. The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for decades — that is until now...Friday Music continues our exclusive Santana 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking first time North American audiophile vinyl release of the 1973 smash Welcome. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and pressed at R.T.I., this super limited first time North American 180 Gram masterwork is truly one of Santana’s finest ever, and we are very excited to offer you this authorized audiophile vinyl LP today. Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original Santana band mates Michael Shrieve on his dynamic drums, Doug Rauch on his prolific bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion, plus the brilliant acid jazz superstar Leon Thomas on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Peraza, the legendary John McLaughlin on guitar, Joe Farrell on flute, and the stellar keyboard work of long time Santana associate Tom Coster. As an added 40th Anniversary Welcome bonus, we are including a super fine gatefold cover, restoring the original album cover elements to their full glory which will further enhance your listening experience. Let’s all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Welcome by Santana. Authentic, Authorized and Absolutely Santana as only you would expect from your friends at Friday Music! Look for more authorized Santana 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl masterpieces soon from Friday Music.