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Go (1976) is a concept album in the truest sense of the term, fusing pop
ock with tinges of jazz and elements of classical all connected by a central motif of space travel. More specifically, according to Robin Denselow's liner essay, the theme deals with "change and polarity-fantasy and reality, death and re-birth, things changing to their opposites." Stomu Yamashta, Steve Winwood and Michael Shrieve lead an impressive ensemble through soundscapes, unveiled in a variety of perspectives. Perhaps it is the international cast of performers that allows for such an unfettered consortium of ideas that brought together former Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith member Steve Winwood, as well as Santana co-founder Michael Shrieve and mid-'70s era Santana percussionist Yamashta -- the latter of whom were key benefactors to the criminally underrated Santana long-player Borboletta (1974). Ably assisting the festivities are Return to Forever's Al DiMeola (guitar), Klaus Schulze (synthesizer) whose contributions to Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel remain unequaled, and Winwood's one-time Traffic accomplice Rosko Gee (bass), who also had a fruitful run with Can. Each side of the original LP contains a complete suite of interconnected and continuous music. The haunting and brooding "Crossing the Line" is reminiscent of prog-rockers Alan Parsons Project or pretentious Pink Floyd [read: anything past Meddle (1971)]. Winwood's echo-laden vocals give him an almost palpable and uncomfortable quality, perfectly suited for the austere setting that is light years away from the likes of "Sea of Joy" or "Gimmie Some Lovin'," yet is remarkably akin to "No Time to Live" from Traffic's self-titled platter. Exceedingly soulful is the propellant "Ghost Machine," with DiMeola's fiery fretwork at its best. The funky "Time Is Here" gives Winwood a perfect outlet for his R&B roots, while "Winner/Loser" -- boasting the project's only lyrics penned by Winwood -- concludes with what is arguably the most accessible pop excursion. Robin Denselow's aforementioned essay goes into great detail regarding a rather involved story line aimed at further unifying the otherwise disparate pieces. While the plot won't be ruined here for potential consumers, if your non-musical interests include Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars and other Brainiac-related activities, the two song cycles that comprise Go will definitely be right up your alley. It scored considerably well with audiences in 1976, reaching number 60 on the Pop Album chart. In 2004, Hip-O Select compiled both Go and the companion concert. Go Live From Paris (1977). on to a limited-edition (of 2,500) two-CD package with audio remastered by Gavin Lurssen of the illustrious Mastering Lab.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Esoteric
UPC: 5013929718128
catalogNumber: 2081
Rank: 43020

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stomu Yamashta's Go   Primary Artist
Klaus Schulze   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
Michael Shrieve   Drums
Steve Winwood   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Stomu Yamashta   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Timpani,Mini Moog
Brother James   Percussion,Conga
Di Meola   Guitar,Soloist
Karen Friedman   Vocals
Rosko Gee   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bernie Holland   Guitar
Lennox Laington   Percussion
Dari Lalou   Vocals
Julian Marvin   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Casey Synge   Vocals
Pat Thrall   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Thunderthighs   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hisako Yamashta   Violin,Vocals
Chris West   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Winwood   Arranger,Composer,Transportation
Stomu Yamashta   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Robert Ash   Engineer
Nick Bradford   Remixing
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger,Director,Producer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Woodwind Arrangement
Michael Quartermain   Composer,Lyricist
Phil Smee   Package Adaptation
Jon Wright   Liner Notes
Robin Denselow   Liner Notes

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