THE ISLEY BROTHERS & SANTANA - Power Of Peace (2017)
"The first time I saw Carlos Santana, he was standing onstage at Woodstock in 1969," says Ernie Isley. "And I’d only been playing guitar for less than a year!" Nearly a half-century later, 65-year-old Ernie and his 76-year-old brother Ronald, best known as funk legends The Isley Brothers, linked up with Santana for Power of Peace. The collaborative LP, out July 28, combines soul harmonies and swift guitar licks with a political righteousness advertised in the project’s title. "The theme is spiritual divine medicine to counter the fever-pitch fear that’s permeating this planet right now," Santana told Billboard of the project in June. Recorded in Las Vegas in 2016, Power of Peace features renditions of songs by Stevie Wonder ("Higher Ground"), The Chambers Brothers ("Love, Peace, Happiness") and Burt Bacharach ("What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love"). "Every era has its song ... to help alleviate the condition of brutality and war." For Santana, Power of Peace and a potential sequel represent more than an enjoyable studio pairing. "This [music] wakes you up beyond religion, beyond politics, beyond nations," says Santana. "It’s our duty to do this."
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