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GO Live!

Venue and date uncertain. Said to possibly be from the London Royal Albert Hall show of May 29, 1976, but nothing here confirms that.
There was definitely a performance there just before the release of the "GO" album, as mentioned in the additional info below, but is this it?
The mystery will have to continue...

Possibly the liberated boot "Go Live!" (Kiss No. 12), which is different from the official release, "Go Live In Paris", but I doubt that this is the
complete version, as it ends very abruptly; (and seems to begin a bit late into "Ghost Machine" as well. See the additional info below.)

Goody's additional lineage:
foobar2000 (WAV) > Audition (noises repaired; tracking updated) > TLH (FLAC Level 8; .ffp) > foobar2000 (tags)

Stomu Yamashta - Piano, Percussion, Synthesizer
Steve Winwood - Vocals, Keyboards
Michael Shrieve - Drum Kit
Al Di Meola - Solo Guitar
Klaus Schulze - Synthesizers (Space Machine!)
Jerome Rimson - Bass
Pat Thrall - Guitar
Brother James - Congas
Karen Friedman - Vocals

1. Ghost Machine 4:00 >
2. Surfspin 6:33 >
3. Time Is Here 7:12 >
4. Winner/Loser > Band Introductions 5:21
5. Solitude
Air Voice
Crossing The Line 15:52* >
6. Man Of Leo 9:58

Total Time: 48:56


Additional info from a trader friend:

Stomu Yamashta's Go
Europe 1976 [SEIDR 026]
Live at Royal Albert Hall [?], London, England, May 29, 1976.

A relic from the prog-rock years, Stomu Yamashta’s Go was quite
a superstar band of its time in 1976. It had Steve Winwood,
dragged out from hibernation following the collapse of Traffic,
Michael Shrieve the drummer from Santana, Al DiMeola the hot
guitarist from Chick Corea’s Return To Forever and the German
electronic musician Klaus Schulze [Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Temple].
How on earth they all gathered to report to work under Japanese
jazz-rocker Stomu Yamashta is probably buried under a mountain of
mouldy UK music weeklies.

This concert, said to be recorded on May 29, 1976 at London’s
Royal Albert Hall, was probably the first public performance of
Go. Nobody is certain whether this date or venue is correct.
This recording appeared in the late '80s/early '90s on a
bootleg label Kiss Deluxe. They claimed the year as 1976 in
Europe. Hardly helpful but the sound quality is exceptional
and from the stereo soundboard.

As The Guardian’s Robin Denselow wrote in April 1976, the Go
album is a rock-classical hybrid with a rock opera thrown in.
To complicate matters, the story actually starts on side two
of the LP. This concert opens with the album’s side two -
Ghost Machine, Surf Spin, Time Is Here, Winner-Loser then
heads over to side one with Crossing The Line. It’s about
a cosmic battle between Kurata and Fu-shen and we presume
an abstract of the old good versus evil rivalry since the
beginning of time. Set in the cosmos, the story gives lots
of space for the musicians to exercise their imagination.
Note the number of percussionist and keyboard players in
the group. Yamashta himself was a student at Boston's
Berklee School of Jazz where he studied jazz drumming.
But it was not to be.

Like all the bands from this period, it was a struggle to
find the right balance between commercial appeal and artistic
endeavour. While Go wanted to be artistic, the results are mixed.
Ghost Machine really is hand-me-down Traffic with Winwood a bit
lost about what it’s about. He sounds a bit more himself on
Winner-Loser, the only song on Go that he composed.

Otherwise, the rest of the rock-hybrid songs [Time Is Here,
Crossing The Line and Man of Leo] all have Al DiMeola’s jazz-rock
touch also known as the Mahavishu approach to fusion. The 15-
minute long Crossing The Line attempts at Pink Floyd’s majestic
Dark Side with singer Karen Freedman doing her best Clare Torry

The only track here that goes to outer space is Surfspin which
has Klaus Schulz and Yamashta’s ambient techniques for a brief
six minutes. Here was probably what Go should have had more of.
The contest between Schulz’ spiralling synth and Yamashta’s
revving sounds are much more interesting than the rest of the
performances cliched rockisms.

But cliched rockisms are what’s still required for that standard
record contract. Interesting music will always start at the fringes
of the scene. As you will hear in this short series, prog rock
could hardly break away from the sound established by Yes, Pink
Floyd and ELP. The further they tried to "progress", the more
they sounded the same.

All the songs on Go are composed and arranged by Stomu Yamashta
with lyrics by Michael Quartermain. Steve Winwood only wrote one.


Goody's notes:
*It sounds like a possible cut with missing content at 8:24:66, which makes sense if this may have been recorded on a C60 and the flip was at that point.
Splitting this track up like the previous 4 are was considered but has been determined to be unnecessary and difficult in light of the missing music.
It is possible that much or all of the short, transitional "Air Voice" may largely have been what was in the missing bits, but that title is included here as it's
always part of that medley.

Text updated for this edition - December 27, 2016


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according to the official klaus schulze (RIP) website, GO performed only 2 shows. this was the 1st. the 2nd was the live from paris gig officially released. this london recording is from the KBFH and is all that was broadcast. the tracks are in the wrong order too. the proper running order is 5,6,1,2,3,4.
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