By: Renee Grant
Music industry titans Carlos Santana and The Isley Brothers have joined forces to bring fans some of the most amazing music of the year.
Four decades after the two music powerhouses briefly met by chance at a Columbia Records convention in the 70’s, the bands have teamed up to bring us some incredible music!
Set for release in August, Power of Peace is the first collaboration between the two surviving Isley brothers, guitarist Ernie Isley and crooner Ronald Isley, and the current iteration of Santana’s band.
The album features remakes of some of the most iconic songs of our time including the blended band’s versions of Stevie Wonder‘s Higher Ground, Burt Bacharach and Hal David‘s What the World Needs Now Is Love, and Marvin Gaye‘s Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), as well as Curtis Mayfield‘s Gypsy Woman and more.
“Carlos and I plugged in and he’s playing and then stops and points to me, and I start playing,” Ernie says of the collaboration. “I’m looking at him and thinking, ‘That’s that guy, that’s that sound.’ And he’s grinning and thinking, ‘That’s that tone, that’s that guy.’ Together we’re like caliente barbecue sauce.”
“When I first came to America from Tijuana, I came to San Francisco, and in the Mission District there was a jukebox in one of the Mexican restaurants that would constantly play the Isley Brothers’ version of ‘Twist and Shout,’ the one before the Beatles,” Santana remembers the first time he heard the Isley’s music. “So even before the British Invasion, I was already enthralled with that sound, that voice, and I wanted to be part of that.”
When Santana and his wife Cindy Blackman Santana were married in 2010, they danced to Ronald Isley’s version of Bacharach and David’s The Look of Love.
Take a listen to the collaborations of the bands below and let us know what you think!