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Power of Peace

Power of Peace

by SantanaSantana


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Supergroup pairings rarely work. Either there are too many egos involved or the magic promised on paper doesn't materialize because there are too many cooks in the kitchen, or record label and managerial bluster get in the way of actual spontaneity. That's not the case with Power of Peace, delivered by the Santana and Isley families in a Las Vegas studio without prior rehearsal. The material on this 13-song set is comprised mostly of iconic soul, funk, blues, and R&B covers. Carlos Santana and Ron Isley are joined by drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and Ernie Isley, the Santana road band, and a backing chorus of Kandy and Tracy Isley as well as Kimberley Johnson and Eddie Levert. "Are You Ready," the first of two Chambers Brothers tunes, opens the set with a Karl Perazzo conga workout followed by a funky bassline and Ernie on manic wah-wah guitar. Cindy's breaks and Carlos' leads push Ron to overdriven rock intensity with the backing chorus supports. It's a hard groover that introduces a rocking soul rave-up on Swamp Dogg's "Total Destruction to Your Mind." The pairing of Ron and Carlos here is fantastic. If it doesn't get you on your feet, you're already dead. Things get more intense on Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" with Ernie evoking Jimi Hendrix's spirit in his fills and solo, while Cindy's drumming and Perazzo's whomping congas push it into the red. Eddie Kendricks' burner "Body Talk" gets the same treatment. There are some ballads here, too. Ron delivers a beautiful adaptation of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" with Cindy on backing vocals. Santana's melodic presentation is matched by Ernie's tough blues phrasing. The lone original, "I Remember," is a gorgeous, bittersweet samba written and sung by Cindy; it's the only tune here that retains its restraint throughout (though Carlos is tempted to shred near the end). On Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman," Ron offers his sweetest falsetto amid a humid, atmospheric, Latin soul backdrop. Blues, hard rock, and funk collide in Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You," with Ernie shining in a burning solo. Only the Bacharach-David standard "What the Worlds Needs Now" and Leon Thomas' post-bop "Let the Rain Fall on Me" falter due to overly reverent presentations. That said, the gospelized Latin soul in Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" is a monster. The set closes with a complete reinvention of "Let There Be Peace on Earth," offering a stellar portrait of what the Santana band does well (especially with an ace guitarist like Ernie aboard). Ron, whose voice is undiminished by time, soars above the band and chorus to end it all on a spiritual tip. Power of Peace is loose, but everybody brought their chops to the party. This is what happens when great musicians gather simply to see what happens and enjoy one another's company.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/2017
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0889854485122
catalogNumber: 544851
Rank: 86967


  1. Are You Ready?
  2. Total Destruction to Your Mind
  3. Higher Ground
  4. God Bless the Child
  5. I Remember
  6. Body Talk
  7. Gypsy Woman
  8. I Just Want to Make Love to You
  9. Love, Peace, Happiness
  10. What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love
  11. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  12. Let the Rain Fall on Me
  13. Let There Be Peace on Earth

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Ernie Isley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tony Anthony   Rhythm Guitar
Sandy Griffith   Choir, Chorus
Ronald Isley   Vocals,Group Member
Kimberly Johnson   Background Vocals
Eddie Levert   Background Vocals
Karl Perazzo   Percussion
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Jim Reitzel   Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Kandy Isley   Background Vocals
David K. Mathews   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Andy Vargas   Rap
Danesha Simon   Choir, Chorus
Cindy Blackman Santana   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Cornell Carter   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Maranatha Pryor   Choir, Chorus
Tracy Isley   Background Vocals
Charles Boomer   Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Houston Person   Composer
Aaron Bell   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerry Williams   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Lester Chambers   Composer
Willie Chambers   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Jim Reitzel   Engineer
Kathy Wakefield   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Joseph Chambers   Composer
Hal Miller   Liner Notes
Carlos Santana   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
George E. Chambers   Composer
Sy Miller   Composer
Frank Edward Wilson   Composer
Jill Jackson Miller   Composer
Cindy Blackman Santana   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Josh Connolly   Engineer
Julian Chambers   Composer
Heather Griffin-Vine   Artwork

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