I have long loved Lotus, I am very into 70s jazz rock and for me this virtually instrumental album showcases Santana at a perfect balance between his fusion approach and his Latin roots. However I have always been highly disappointed by the surrounding studio albums Welcome and Borboletta (and even though a bit later Amigos) . Lotus feels far more like it should have been released immediately after Caravanserai which to me is the studio peak of the "fusion" period. It has all the fire and experimentation of that album with strong hints of On The Corner and Weather Report in the sound. But Welcome and Borboletta feel rather weedy and compromised. There are some good tracks which are played better on Lotus, but the feel is really muted with some horrible (to me) discoy vocal tracks. What happened? How come Carlos didn't manage to produce an even more intense masterpiece with the same fury as Lotus in the studio? If you mixed the power of Lotus and Caravanserai together by rights he should have stunned us with an studio album like Bitches Brew or Mwandishi.