Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "A standout pleasure is the chance to hear so much of Santana's own tart-treble tone and soloing union of John Coltrane and Mike Bloomfield against this band's blues and salsa, without the distracting crush of celebrity duets."
Two years in the making, Santana IV marks the reunion of almost all members of what was arguably the band's greatest lineup. Carlos Santana is joined here by Neal Schon, Greg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, Michael Carabello (who all played on Santana III), as well as percussionist Karl Perazza and longtime bassist Benny Rietveld. The first single, "Anywhere You Want to Go," was written by keyboardist/lead vocalist Rolie and displays the band's signature groove-laden Latin blues-rock. Soul legend Ronald Isley contributes lead vocals to two tracks, "Love Makes the World Go Round" and "Freedom in Your Mind."