First official release on CD of The Complete GO Sessions. Long awaited reissue of three legendary albums recorded by famed Japanese percussionist/composer STOMU YAMASHTA with a stellar cast of English, European and American musicians – a true East meets West collaboration of tremendous scope.
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, the group's resultant album and grand finale, was a curtain-closer of magnificent proportions.
Stomu Yamashta's first two Island albums are combined on this two-disc 2008 reissue. The Raven CD reissue also adds a couple of bonus tracks, "Freedom Is Frightening" and "Rolling Nuns," from Stomu Yamashta's East Wind's 1973 album Freedom Is Frightening.
Stomu Yamashta was closely connected to the acting world, composing music for the Parisian Red Buddha Theater group, pieces which were transformed into his debut Red Buddha album, and for cinema – his soundtrack for the film One on One was recorded and released as his band East Wind's second album. Raindog, the band's follow-up, began life as a multimedia event held at London's Roundhouse in 1975, featuring the Red Buddha players as well as a number of British actors. Yamashta had recently expanded East Wind's lineup with the addition of two British vocalists – Murray Head and Maxine Nightingale, fresh from West End success in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Perhaps most widely known for his contributions to the atmospheric score of Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth, Japanese composer/percussionist Stomu Yasmashta made a number of albums in the 1970s that trounced the boundaries of jazz fusion, new age music, and old fashioned experimentation. This 2008 release, mastered directly from the original recordings, is the first CD edition of Yamashta's '75 opus, Raindog, a compelling work that includes one track later used in Earth. Fans of Brian Eno will find a kindred (but wholly original) spirit here.
Stomu Yamashta is a Japanese percussionist, keyboardist and composer. He is best known for pioneering and popularising the world music genre after blending traditional music with popular music in the 1960s and 1970s. Originally released in 1974, One By One was the soundtrack to the racing movie, One By One, directed by Claude du Boc and released in 1975. This Esoteric Recordings reissue marks the album's debut on CD and has been remastered from the original master tapes.
The band was formed in 1973 by guitarist Gary Boyle and also featured Jeff Clyne on bass, Brian Miller on keyboards and Nigel Morris on drums. Jeff Clyne had previously played with Ian Carr’s Nucleus, whilst Gary Boyle had played with Stomu Yamashta’s East Wind. Isotope’s self titled debut album was released in early 1974 and continued the tradition of Jazz Rock fusion that had been pioneered by acts such as Tony Williams Lifetime and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Although critically acclaimed, Brian Miller and Jeff Clyne departed Isotope shortly after the debut album had appeared and were replaced by former Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper and keyboard player Laurence Scott. This line-up recorded the excellent album Illusion…
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of the three classic albums by legendary British Jazz Rock group Isotope. The band was formed in 1973 by guitarist Gary Boyle and also featured Jeff Clyne on bass, Brian Miller on keyboards and Nigel Morris on drums. Jeff Clyne had previously played with Ian Carr's Nucleus, whilst Gary Boyle had played with Stomu Yamashta's East Wind. Isotope's self titled debut album was released in 1974 and continued the tradition of Jazz Rock fusion that had been pioneered by acts such as Tony Williams Lifetime and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been newly remastered and features a booklet with new essay.
Asia is a thoughtful blend of the new and old, from musicians representing each major Eastern tradition, with the music of India, Japan, China and Tibet. Indian sitar, Chinese cheng and Japanese koto, as ancient as the cultures themselves, are heard side-by-side with contemporary Asian music and works that combine traditional Oriental sounds with electronic instruments and processing. These selections span the rich catalog of Celestial Harmonies – you'll hear David Parsons, Paul Horn, Stomu Yamashta and Terry Riley as well as Sunazaki, Koga, Yas-Kaz, Asiabeat and the Monks of The Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery.