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4.08 | 31 ratings | 5 reviews | 39% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Space Song (2:29)
2. Carnival (1:18)
3. Windspin (8:17)
4. Ghost Machine (3:51)
5. Surfspin (2:12)
6. Time Is Here (6:58)
7. Winner Loser (5:26)
8. Solitude (2:01)
9. Nature (4:27)
10. Air Voice (2:19)
11. Crossing The Line (5:33)
12. Man Of Leo (14:22)
13. Stellar (1:22)
14. Space Requiem (3:14)

Total Time: 63:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Stomu Yamashta / percussion, piano, synthesizers
- Steve Winwood / vocals, keyboards
- Michael Shrieve / drum kit
- Klaus Schultze / synthesizers
- Al Di Meola / solo guitar
- Jerome Rimson / bass
- Pat Thrall / guitar
- Brother James / congas
- Karen Friedman / vocals

Releases information

2LP Island ILPD 10 (1976 US/1978 UK)
2LP Toshiba EMI ILS-50013/14 (Japan)
CD cdJapan UICY-9572 (2005 Japan)
Live at the Palais des Sports in Paris on 12 June 1976, Paris

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Review by Rivertree
4 stars Here we are having a supergroup on the stage in Paris. Very relaxed and inspired performance with a special mixture of styles from Soul (Steve Winwood) to Electronic (Klaus Schulze, Stomu Yamash'ta) and Fusion (Al DiMeola). Michael Shrieve, who also played with SANTANA, acts as the wellknown proficient and accentuated drummer. Remarkable are also the brilliant vocals exchanges of Winwood and Karen Friedman. It's a little bit tricky - only Friedman is pointed out for additional vocals but you can hear also some other female backing voices.

The band is presenting the studio album 'Go' live with nearly the same line-up, but extended, with more improvisations. The release consists of 6 longer tracks - some of them have jam character - which take turns with spacy electronic breaks and piano interludes. Don't know why but the chronological order of the songs has been changed (the same with the 'The Complete Go Sessions').

So correctly it starts with LP 2 and the electric intro Solitude and Winner Loser closes finally with the band introduction. The beginning of Nature is guided by a piano and further on the song developes wonderful atmospheric and melodic. Crossing the Line follows with excellent vocals. And not to forget the splendid guitar work by Al DiMeola.

Man of Leo is the longest track, grooving and against with DiMeola's intense soloing. Wind Spin is an instrumental jam pressed ahead with a funky/fusion bass and then fades into the uptempo Ghost Machine with a Jazz/Rock attitude. Time Is Here is midtempo, more soul/funk, especially highlighted by Karen Friedman's expressive interaction with Winwood. Winner Loser in the end is written by Winwood and remembers much at his times with TRAFFIC.

A great performance from this band which units some extraordinary musicians. Stomu Yamashta restrains himself to allow some other members to reap the fruits of their work. This release was later (2005) added to the compilation 'The Complete Go Sessions'.

Review by Sean Trane
4 stars 4.5 stars really!!!!

A double live album that takes almost all of the superb Go Project to the stages in concert halls around Europe. With some added material, but mostly expanded live versions of the studio album, Go: Live from Paris also has the privilege of having the same all-star line-up than the studio. Indeed, DiMeola, Winwood, Shrieve, Yamashta, Schulze, Reebop are all present with more splendid back-up.

Musically, there are some differences, but on a "respecting the original spirit", the album works rather well, if not perfectly and the recording quality outstanding. The fears one might have about these expanded versions is also of no object, for there are no length or useless digressions.

Should you have to choose between the live or the studio version, you might want to pick the live version, because the live playing is simply awesome. But unless you want the original vinyls, you won't have to make that choice, because the Go albums have been released in Cd format in a box set, that unfortunately also include the much-inferior Go Too album of 77. Nevertheless, the choice is a no-brainer: GO for it!!!!

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars One of those super groups that really worked, though not perfectly. The lineup is full of musicians that one would imagine would never be seen together on stage much less in the studio, but this is pretty much the same lineup that collaborated with Stomu earlier in the year for the GO studio album. The recording here is not great but the capture of these live performances and the crowd reaction are well worth tolerating it. I find myself tuning into the drum and synthesizer parts from Michael Shrieve and Klaus Schulze most but the guitar play of Al DiMeola and a surprising Pat Thrall are stunning each time they take the fore. The delightful performances of the female background vocalists are also worthy mention.

Favorite songs: "Space Song," "Wind Spin," "Time Is Here," and, of course, "Crossing the Line."

Four stars, an engaging and enjoyable live concert listening experience.

Review by VianaProghead
4 stars Review Nš 69

The first time I heard something about this musical project was in 1976 in a radio station in my country. When I listened to it, for the first time, I must confess that I was very impressed with it. It seemed to me that it was a very different musical proposal. So, soon I tried to buy their first album 'Go', but unfortunately, I couldn't find it. It was only some years ago that I returned to search for it. After some difficulty, I had the luck of buying an expensive Japanese edition.

The Go Project was a very ambitious and innovative musical project, lead by an extraordinary Japanese percussionist, keyboardist and composer Stomu Yamash'ta, which finally brought for him, the international recognition that he so deserved. He had already released, until that date, six solo studio albums. The Go Project consists in three albums, two studio albums 'Go' and 'Go Too' released in 1976 and 1977 respectively and this live album 'Go Live From Paris' which was also released in 1976.

Stomu Yamash'ta was born in Kyoto, Japan and he studied music at Kyoto University in Japan, at Juilliard School of Music in New York City and at Berkeley College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and has also lectured in music. He was the director, producer and composer of the Red Buddha Theatre Company, and in 1972 he brought the Company from Japan to Europe. He worked briefly in France, writing and performing on theatrical multi-media projects, before moving to England. It was from England where he met so many artists and musicians, that he had the idea of creating this so ambitious musical project.

Beyond Stomu Yamash'ta, there are some other musicians in this project that deserve to be mentioned. Steve Winwood is a famous English singer, songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist that was member of The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, apart from his brilliant solo musical career. Michael Shrieve is an American drummer and percussionist that is best known as the Santana's first drummer. Klaus Schulze is a musical composer and a pioneer musician of the German electronic music who briefly was a member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, and he has also a long and very solid solo musical career. Al Di Meola is an American guitarist with a long musical career and is one of the best and the most influential guitarists in the jazz fusion category, who collaborates frequently with other great musicians like Jean-Luc Ponty, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia.

'Go Live From Paris' was the second album to be released of Stomu Yamash'ta's project and was recorded live on 12th June 1976 at the Palais Des Sports in Paris, France. As with its studio version 'Go', this live version has also fourteen tracks and all the tracks flow together as a continuous piece of music. So, there's not much in the way of additional material, aside from the greatly extended 'Man Of Leo' which has lashings of superb guitar from Di Meola, and some slightly elongated bridges between the different themes. The whole double album is only a little over 20 minutes longer than the original album. The performances are remarkable though, as you might expect from these players, with one or two tracks perhaps even bettering their studio counterparts, and it does make for an interesting alternative to the studio album for fanatics like me. The recording quality is excellent, unlike some vintage live albums, but I'm sure that some of you won't see the need to have both, the live and the studio albums. However, 'Go Live From Paris' is, in my humble opinion, a more balanced album. I don't know sincerely if the main reason is because the alignment of the songs was totally changed, but the final result is that this new live version turned it in a better album.

Conclusion: 'Go Live From Paris' is a fantastic and beautiful live album, which isn't inferior to the most of the live albums released in the 70's. Especially, the second part of the album is truly remarkable and unforgettable, mainly because the great show of guitar of Di Meola on 'Crossing The Line' and also because 'Man Of Leo', which is, to my taste, the highest point on the album. The music doesn't lose a bit of its atmosphere in this setting, but it does naturally sound a bit earthier, especially the guitar sound. It's really fascinating listen to these extraordinary but at the same time so different musicians, working so well together. But nevertheless and unfortunately, we are in presence of an underrated project on Progarchives. 'Go Live From Paris' is one of the best live albums of the progressive music and is perhaps one of the less known. It's a pity that an album with so incredible musical moments and so finest playing being almost forgotten, as well this fantastic super group. Anyway, the true is that we are in presence of a lost gem that urgently needs to be discovered and appreciated as it really deserves. This new Yamash'ta's live seminal concept opus is more than sufficient to make me feel that this is really very well spent money for who want to buy it.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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4 stars One of the most unrecognized jazz rock masterpiece! I bought this record on a stand at the Crescendo Prog Festival (in the south west of France), following the record shop owner's recommandations. He told me it was a masterpiece, quite hard to find... anyway I thought to myself it was commercial ... (read more)

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