It’s back! The Battle of the Bands has officially returned to The Sound of One Hand Typing!
A week ago last Tuesday, I featured Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri on my weekly Two For Tuesday, and played two songs from his 1976 album Caliente!. One of the songs was “Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile),” a song that Carlos Santana had written for his 1976 album Amigos. This sparked the interest of Stephen T. McCarthy, the person who came up with the Battle of the Bands idea, who said…
Good choices, JOHN! I always dug that ‘Caliente!’ album, and over the years I toyed with the idea of using Gato’s ‘Europa’ against the Santana original in BOTB. I’ve always shied away from it, though, figuring it would be a landslide victory for Carlos.
My response was…
There are a few videos of Carlos and Gato playing “Europa” together. It’s pretty amazing. Actually, I think you’d be surprised in a BotB between the two of them. But that’s up to you.
And he said…
It’s definitely a Rock and guitar-centric crowd, so I think Carlos and his guitar would pretty well clobber Gato and his saxophone. But, hey, if you like the idea of that match-up, consider it all yours. My gift to you to use whenever you want. Me, I’m too a-skeered to try and pull that one off.
You know what they say about fools rushing in where angels fear to tread, right?
Here’s Gato’s version.
And, just to make it interesting, here are Carlos and Gato together.
So, now it’s up to you. Give the three versions a listen, decide which you like the best, and vote for it in the comments, along with a brief explanation as to why you thought that was best. Then, stop by Stephen’s blog, where you’ll find his latest Battle of the Bands, as well as links to the other regular BotB participants (look in the right-hand column on his page, a scroll or two down). Vote in as many Battles as you can, and make your voice be heard. You needn’t be a contestant to vote, just someone with a reasonably good pair of ears and a few minutes to spare.
The lines are now open, and will be until next Saturday, when I announce the winner. To Carlos and Gato, “¡Buena suerte!“