Carlos Santana has announced his next album.
The guitar legend and his band have teamed with the two remaining Isley Brothers — Ernie and Ronnie — for the album Power of Peace, which is set for release on August 4th.
Carlos says, “There is a spirit of creativity that came knocking and presented itself as a golden opportunity to do something with and for a supreme musician, who I consider to be the best in the world. Brother Ronnie Isley has been in the center of collective unity and harmony on the radio around the world since 1962 with ‘Twist and Shout,’ the song that The Beatles chose to invade America with.”
The album finds them collaborating on covers of songs that have spiritual or world-peace themes such as Stevie Wonder‘s “Higher Ground,” Burt Bacharach and Hal David‘s “What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love,” Marvin Gaye‘s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),” Willie Dixon‘s “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” Curtis Mayfield‘s “Gypsy Woman” and Billie Holiday‘s “God Bless the Child.” There is also a new song, “I Remember,” written and sung by Carlos’s wife, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana.
Ronnie Isley sang on last year’s Santana 4 album.
A sampling of Santana and The Isley Brothers’ cover of Swamp Dogg’s “Total Destruction to Your Mind.”
A sampling of Santana and The Isley Brothers’ cover of Bacharach and David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love.