The Complete Go Sessions

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
As the name intimates, The Complete Go Sessions 1985 is a thorough overview of the Go concept album in the truest sense of the term, fusing pop
ock with tinges of jazz and elements of classical, all linked by a central motif of space travel. 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, bringing together former Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith member Steve Winwood along with Santana co-founder Michael Shrieve and mid-'70s era ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
As the name intimates, The Complete Go Sessions 1985 is a thorough overview of the Go concept album in the truest sense of the term, fusing pop
ock with tinges of jazz and elements of classical, all linked by a central motif of space travel. 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, bringing together former Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith member Steve Winwood along with 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 di Meola 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 palpably awkward quality, perfectly suited for the austere setting that is light years away from the likes of "Sea of Joy" or "Gimme Some Lovin'," yet is remarkably akin to "No Time to Live" circa Traffic's self-titled platter. Exceedingly soulful is the propellant "Ghost Machine," with di Meola's fiery fretwork at its best. The funky "Time Is Here" offers 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. 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 onto a limited edition 2,500 copies two-CD package with audio remastered by Gavin Lurssen of the illustrious Mastering Lab.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657018224
  • Catalog Number: 182
  • Sales rank: 44,070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Solitude/Nature/Air Over/Crossing the Line/Man of Leo/Stellar/Space The (21:18)
  2. 2 Space Requiem/Space Song/Carnival/Ghost Machine/Surfspin/Time Is Here/W (20:16)
  3. 3 Space Song/Carnival/Windspin/Ghost Machine (15:52)
  4. 4 Surfspin/Time Is Here/Winner/Loser (14:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Solitude/Nature/Air Voice/Crossing the Line (14:15)
  2. 2 Man of Leo/Stellar/Space Requiem (18:58)
  3. 3 Prelude - Martin Ford Orchestra (3:02)
  4. 4 Seen You Before - Martin Ford Orchestra (6:15)
  5. 5 Madness - Martin Ford Orchestra (5:59)
  6. 6 Mysteries of Love - Martin Ford Orchestra (6:41)
  7. 7 Wheeles of Fortune - Martin Ford Orchestra (5:35)
  8. 8 Beauty - Martin Ford Orchestra (5:09)
  9. 9 You and Me - Martin Ford Orchestra (6:59)
  10. 10 Ecliptic - Martin Ford Orchestra (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stomu Yamashta's Go Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Korg, Mini Moog, Synthesizer Strings
Stomu Yamashta Indexed Contributor
Klaus Schulze Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer, Arp 2600, Arp Odyssey
Steve Winwood Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer Strings
Linda Lewis Vocals
Jess Roden Vocals
Brother James Conga, Latin Percussion
Doreen Chanter Background Vocals
Al di Meola Guitar, Soloist
Karen Friedman Vocals
Rosko Gee Bass
Doni Harvey Guitar, Vocals
Bernie Holland Guitar
Paul Jackson Bass
Ruby James Background Vocals
Julian Marvin Rhythm Guitar
Jerome Rimson Bass
Peter Robinson Keyboards, ARP
Liza Strike Background Vocals
Pat Thrall Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Thunderthighs Background Vocals
Hisako Yamashta Violin, Vocals
Chris West Rhythm Guitar
Lennox Langton Conga
Technical Credits
Klaus Schulze Arranger, Composer
Steve Winwood Arranger, Composer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Michael Quartermain Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes, Concept, Annotation
Robin Denselow Liner Notes
Stomu Yamashta's Go Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dennis McKay Producer
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