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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Esoteric
  • EAN: 5013929718128
  • Catalog Number: 2081
  • Sales rank: 43,085

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Solitude (1:04)
  2. 2 Nature - Stomu Yamashta (4:26)
  3. 3 Air Over - Stomu Yamashta (0:43)
  4. 4 Crossing the Line - Stomu Yamashta (6:50)
  5. 5 Man of Leo - Stomu Yamashta (3:55)
  6. 6 Stellar - Stomu Yamashta (1:23)
  7. 7 Space Theme (2:51)
  8. 8 Space Requiem - Stomu Yamashta (1:30)
  9. 9 Space Song - Stomu Yamashta (3:57)
  10. 10 Carnival - Stomu Yamashta (2:47)
  11. 11 Ghost Machine - Stomu Yamashta (2:09)
  12. 12 Surfspin - Stomu Yamashta (2:26)
  13. 13 Time Is Here - Stomu Yamashta (2:53)
  14. 14 Winner/Loser - Stomu Yamashta (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stomu Yamashta's Go Primary Artist
Stomu Yamashta Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Timpani, Mini Moog
Klaus Schulze Synthesizer, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer
Michael Shrieve Drums
Steve Winwood Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
Brother James Percussion, Conga
Al 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
Ben Wiseman Remastering
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