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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (72:03)
1. Solitude / Nature / Air Over / Crossing the Line / Man of Leo / Stellar / Space Theme (21:18)
2. Space Requiem / Space Song / Carnival / Ghost Machine / Surfspin / Time Is Here / Winner / Loser (20:16)
3. Space Song / Carnival / Windspin / Ghost Machine (live) (15:52)
4. Surfspin / Time Is Here / Winner/Loser (live) (14:37)

CD 2 (75:20)
1. Solitude / Nature / Air Voice / Crossing the Line (live) (14:15)
2. Man of Leo / Stellar / Space Requiem (live) (18:58)
3. Prelude (3:02)
4. Seen You Before (6:15)
5. Madness (5:59)
6. Mysteries of Love (6:42)
7. Wheels of Fortune (5:35)
8. Beauty (5:09)
9. You & Me (6:59)
10. Ecliptic (2:26)

Total Time 147:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Stomu Yamashta / string synthesizer, timpani, Minimoog synthesizer, Mini Korg synthesizer, percussion, instruments sonores des Frères Baschet
- Steve Winwood / acoustic piano, vocals, electric piano, organ, guitar, string synthesizer
- Michael Shrieve / drums
- Klaus Schultze / synthesizers (large Moog, ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, EMS Synthi-A, Farfisa Synthorchester)
- Rosko Gee / bass
- Chris West / rhythm guitar
- Pat Thrall / solo & rhythm guitar
- Julian Marvin / rhythm guitar
- Thunderthighs / backing vocals
- Al Di Meola / solo guitar
- Hisako Yamashta / violin, voice
- Bernie Holland / guitar
- Lennox Langton / congas
- Brother James / congas
- Paul Buckmaster / arrangements for: woodwind sections oboe & piccolo; brass section 1 tuba, 2 trumpets, 2 French horns; string section 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos

Go - Live from Paris:
- Stomu Yamashta / percussion, piano, synthesizers
- Steve Winwood / vocals, keyboards
- Michael Shrieve / drums
- Klaus Schultze / synthesizers
- Al Di Meola / solo guitar
- Jerome Rimson / bass
- Pat Thrall / guitar
- Brother James / congas
- Karen Friedman / vocals

Go Too:
- Stomu Yamashta / percussion, Korg synthesizers, acoustic piano
- Al Di Meola / solo guitar
- Doni Harvey / guitar, vocals
- Paul Jackson / bass
- Brother James / congas
- Linda Lewis / lead vocals
- Peter Robinson / keyboards, ARP synthesizers
- Jess Roden / lead vocals
- Klaus Schultze / Moog synthesizers
- Michael Shrieve / drums
- Liza Strike / backing vocals
- Doreen Chanter / backing vocals
- Ruby James / backing vocals
- The Martin Ford Orchestra

Releases information

Compilation of all three Go LPs (vinyl) on CD. Two studio albums and one live album. The original albums were released in 1976 and 1977.

2CD Raven RVCD-182 (2005)

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STOMU YAMASH'TA The Complete Go Sessions ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(71%)
Good, but non-essential (7%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Slartibartfast
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
4 stars Holy crap that was a pain in the ass to add. I had to manually type in all the musician information and manually add the time info. I'd been bitching about getting this artist added for a while, so what the heck. The Go sessions are a wonderful mixture of musicians from the various genres of progressive music. Whoever added this artist must of had a really hard time picking a sub-genre to put Yamashta in. I'd say he's more progressive electronic. The CD booklet says "There ae echoes of soul, jazz-rock, and bozza nova here." "The theme of Go is change and polarity - fantasy and reality, death and re-birth, things changing to opposites".

This was a prog supergroup. Steve Winwood, Al DiMeola, Klause Schultze Michael Shrieve, all united by a Japanese artist, say no more. Also of note, Pat Thrall on guitar. He was in a band called Automatic Man with Shrieve around the same time as Go, that should be listed on this for the first album. I haven't heard the second one in a long time, but as I recall it was a dud.

The first two LPs (it was actually three vinyls altogether) far outshine the last one called Go Too. As I was entering the information, I was really impressed by the synthesizer credits. Really state of the art gear for the mid '70's.

Each for the first two, each LP side consisted of a several songs played as a continuous piece.

Go is a studio album and has more musicians some classical musicians.

Go - Live From Paris has a more streamlined group of musicians, but all the big names are there. There's some new parts and some of the parts from Go weren't included.

Go Too, still has all the big names, but suffers from a case of popitis, not unlike what was afflicting many a good progressive artist in the late '70's/early '80's.

Whoever added this artist must of had a really hard time picking a sub-genre

Go Too drags down the rating a little but not too much since the first two are essential.

If you're a fan of any of the big names and you haven't heard Go and particularly if you're a keyboard/synthesizer nut like myself, you'll probably like this one a lot. If you already know Go and were wondering when they'd get around to releasing the dang thing on CD, "the time is here".

Review by VianaProghead
4 stars Review Nº 71

"The Complete Go Sessions" is a very special compilation, released in 2005, which includes the three albums from the Go sessions, both two studio albums "Go" and "Go Too", and the live album "Go Live From Paris". The Go sessions belong to a very ambitious musical project fusing diverse musical styles, that range from rock, jazz, classical and electronic, which was formed by Stomu Yamash'ta, in 1976, and which had a wonderful mixture of musicians from several genres of progressive music. So, we have Steve Winwood, Michael Shrieve, Klaus Schulze and Al Di Meola. This is only to mention the names of the most known of all the musicians who participated in this project.

Previously, I've already reviewed, individually, all these three albums on Progarchives, and so, because of that, I will not do it again. So, if you are interested to knowing more things about this fantastic musical project, and believe me it well worth, I invite you to read all my detailed reviews about them. So, I'm not going to analyze all the albums exhaustively and detailed, as I did before, but only to do a global synthesis of those my reviews.

"Go": "Go" is the first album of the Yamash'ta's project. It's a magnificent album where all the tracks flow together as a continuous piece of music, with the exception of the fourteenth track, "Winner/Loser", the only song written by Winwood, which probably justify why it sounds more as a Steve's album. It's a nice, calm and a beautiful piece of music, very experimental, with a spatial atmosphere, which makes of it a quite unique musical working. We can find on it diverse musical influences from rock, jazz, electronic and funk, good performances from all musicians, beautiful voice choirs and backing vocals, competent orchestrations and a very professional release. Finally, deserves special mention the presence of Winwood, due his voice on the tracks where he sings, which gives a very special feeling to the album. We are in presence of an original and very interesting album, which is, in my humble opinion, very underrated on this site. Unfortunately, the progressive reviewers here, have given very little attention to it. I sincerely think that this album is an excellent addition and deserves to be part of any progressive rock musical collection.

"Go Live From Paris": "Go Live From Paris" is the second album of the Yamash'ta's project and was recorded live on 12th June 1976 at the Palais Des Sports in Paris, France. As with their studio version "Go", on this live version all the tracks flow together as a continuous piece of music. However, "Go Live From Paris" is a more balanced album, and I don't know if it's due to the new alignment of the songs. On the live version, they're totally changed and the final result is a much better album. So, "Go Live From Paris" is a fantastic and a beautiful live album, one of the greatest live albums of the progressive rock music, and it's also probably, one of their most unknown masterpieces. Here we have a great performance from all this band, which brought together some extraordinary musicians on the same stage. Really, we are in presence of a lost gem that urgently needs to be discovered and appreciated as it really deserves.

"Go Too": "Go Too" is the third and last album of the Yamash'ta's project. After all, I must say that this isn't the continuation of "Go". All the main musicians of the project are here, but it lacks to it Winwood and his unmistakable voice. The absence of his presence is very noted, and whatever the reason, this album is much weaker than the both two previous albums. However, that doesn't mean that we are in presence of a weak album. "Go Too" is a good album, very eclectic and influenced by many musical genres like rock, jazz, funk, electronic, pop, disco and new age. "Go Too" remains a fine addition to the previous two albums and despite be not as interesting, progressively, as the first studio album, it still remains a release that offers a lot of enjoyment with great performances, and for the romantics amongst you, two excellent ballads. In relation to "Go", the style of the music became profoundly modified but I still think that it remains a good work, overall. This is an interesting work that closed this surprising musical project.

Conclusion: I know this project since it was released and I must say that I always became very well impressed with it. Unfortunately, we are in presence of an underrated project, on this site, and where the progressive reviewers gave very little attention. I really don't know if it's by lack of knowledge of it. If I can interest you about this project, I'll be perfectly happy. The main objective was reached. Perhaps the right thing to do is buying this compilation because you will get the entire complete project. However, if you aren't interested in spend so much money to have the entire project, I recommend you to start buying their live album "Go Live From Paris" their hidden masterpiece. It's especially indicated for those who prefer live recordings over the studio ones. Anyway, as a project, it must be known as a whole.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

Latest members reviews

4 stars This compilation is where you should look for your dose of 'Go.' Including both studio albums ('Go,' 'Go Too') and the 'Live from Paris' release, it's comprehensive and comes at a great price, generally imported from Raven Records in Australia, or second hand online. The best thing about the co ... (read more)

Report this review (#498880) | Posted by dreadpirateroberts | Saturday, August 6, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars When I caught wind of the Go Live.. In Paris, 1976, I was enamored with the quality of sound being represented at this concert. I only became aware of the re-issue on CD not too long ago, so I cannot attest to the validity concerning sound quality, but I will say that Stomu Yamashta assembled a f ... (read more)

Report this review (#120340) | Posted by refractor | Tuesday, May 1, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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