Go Too

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
With the departure of Steve Winwood from the Go collective, Stomu Yamashta seized the opportunity to radically shift the group's sound and direction. A coterie of vocalists and backing singers, led by Jess Roden and Linda Lewis, were brought in, along with former Headhunter Paul Jackson and the extraordinary orchestra of Martyn Ford. Go Too, Go's resultant album and their grand finale, was a curtain-closer of magnificent proportions. A majestic set where organic soundscapes merge with soulful funk fusion, the entire album is glossed with a superb cinematic sound that earned arranger Paul Buckmaster and co-producers Dennis MacKay and Yamashtu deserved acclaim. The set is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
With the departure of Steve Winwood from the Go collective, Stomu Yamashta seized the opportunity to radically shift the group's sound and direction. A coterie of vocalists and backing singers, led by Jess Roden and Linda Lewis, were brought in, along with former Headhunter Paul Jackson and the extraordinary orchestra of Martyn Ford. Go Too, Go's resultant album and their grand finale, was a curtain-closer of magnificent proportions. A majestic set where organic soundscapes merge with soulful funk fusion, the entire album is glossed with a superb cinematic sound that earned arranger Paul Buckmaster and co-producers Dennis MacKay and Yamashtu deserved acclaim. The set is bookended by the instrumentals "Prelude" and "Ecliptic," the former a space-age extravaganza of sounds and cracking thunder, the latter echoing of the deep, mimicking whale song, but with hints of a storm rumbling above, looping back to the album's opening. The deeply romantic "Mysteries of Love" and introspective "Beauty" are also twinned numbers, wed by their cinematic sweep, Al di Meola's haunting guitar solos, and gorgeous, emotive vocals. The rest of the set is given over to funk in all its glory and possibilities, from the "Shaft-ish" soul of "Madness" to the hip-swaying funk-pop-soul delight of "Seen You Before," which effortlessly melts into jazz-funk fusion and features another stunning di Meola solo. That number's poppy edge is mirrored by the orchestral pop that fires up the simmering funk of "You and Me," while the prominent and complex rhythm of "Wheels of Fortune" sidles straight up to jazz. But even these funk fusion songs are laced with more organic elements -- the whale song that opens "You and Me," the calling sea gulls that close "Fortune," and the sweeping waves breaking over the last minute of "Madness" included. These natural and elegant touches help weave the album's highly diverse elements tightly together, giving the set cohesion and each track a sense of a grander scheme, one that joins East to West, space rock to classical music, and fusion to rock in its broadest sense. A sensational album, which continues to impress to this day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Esoteric
  • EAN: 5013929725126
  • Catalog Number: 2151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude (3:05)
  2. 2 Seen You Before (6:16)
  3. 3 Madness (5:59)
  4. 4 Mysteries of Love (6:46)
  5. 5 Wheels of Fortune (5:38)
  6. 6 Beauty (5:20)
  7. 7 You and Me (6:57)
  8. 8 Ecliptic (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stomu Yamashta's Go Primary Artist
Stomu Yamashta Indexed Contributor, Korg
Klaus Schulze Moog Synthesizer
Doreen Chanter Background Vocals
Ruby James Background Vocals
Peter Robinson ARP
Liza Strike Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Klaus Schulze Composer
Stomu Yamashta Composer, Producer
Paul Buckmaster Orchestral Arrangements
Dennis MacKay Producer
Michael Quartermain Composer
Mark Powell Concept
Burt Glinn Cover Photo
Ben Wiseman Remastering
Jon Wright Liner Notes
Steven W. Taylor Engineer
Myron Polenberg Art Direction
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