Producers: Keith Olsen, D. De Vore, Carlos Santana.
Personnel: Chris Solberg (vocals, guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Carlos Santana (vocals, guitar); Alan Pasqua (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Armando Peraza (vocals, timbales, percussion); Alex Ligertwood (vocals); Graham Lear (drums); Raul Rekow (congas, percussion, background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Joe Reagoso.
Photographer: Dennis Callahan.
Marathon marked the addition of keyboard player Alan Pasqua and singer Greg Walker's replacement by singer/guitarist Alex Ligertwood in the Santana lineup. Otherwise, the album was notable for consisting entirely of band-written material, although those songs were in the established R&B/rock style evolved on albums like Amigos, Festival, and Inner Secrets. The formula seemed to be wearing thin by now, however, as, even with a Top 40 hit in "You Know That I Love You" (number 35), Marathon became the first Santana album to fall below the 500,000-sales mark necessary for gold record certification. (It has since made the mark.) ~ William Ruhlmann