This Friday, April 15th, Santana will officially release their 24th studio album, entitled Santana IV. The album is no ordinary record. The album will be the first in 45 years to feature Santana’s original lineup from their world-famous performance at the Woodstock festival in New York, including keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, drummer Michael Shrieve and percussionist Michael Carabello. Santana IV is the follow up to the band’s ’71 release, Santana III, and will largely feature the same musical styles found in that record.
Once reunited, it did not take the band long to produce new material. “We completed a whole album,” Santana stated in an interview with Billboard, “we did 16 songs in four days and they’re killer.” Commenting even further on the uniqueness of this album in particular, Santana claimed in an interview with Ultimate Guitar that it was the ‘spirit’ behind the band that made them so productive. “There’s definitely a chemistry of spirit,” he explained, “As I said before Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and Paul McCartney and John Lennon, it’s a spirit of a certain kind of alchemy and chemistry between people. That’s Gregg Rolie, Michael Carabello, Michael Shrieve, and Neal Schon, there’s a chemistry in there.”
The album also features appearances by R&B star Ronald Isley, who collaborates with the group on two of the songs from the record. However, Santana is no stranger to working with Isley. According to the legendary guitarist, the duo is set to release an album entitled The Power of Peace sometime after Santana IV. There seems to be no stopping the rock and roll hall of famer, and we can certainly look forward to hearing more from him in the near future.