compiled by Nicholas D. Kent
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Last updated 05.3.26
(*) means I don't own this album
GD: identifies info from Gary Davis , thanks! Most of the info on the pre-Go albums comes from him.
Some recent help from René Yedema
A link to Bob Shumaker's English language Stomu Yamash'ta fan site.
A link to a page in Japanese listing several of his newest released works
An album of avant garde classical works by other artists. You can find him on at least a couple early 70s classical albums but on this one features him as the main artist.
(*) 1972 Island (UK) HELP 12 (?)
GD: This is a live jazz ensemble performance obviously heavy on percussion with both Yamash'ta and Morris Pert handling percussion duties together. Although there are no synths per se, it does have the feel of a progressive band also with bass, keyboards, sax, sho, trumpet, trombone. There are four long pieces:
Collector Ron Kane presumably has this listed as "Come to the Edge" Island (UK) HELP 12
(*) 1972 Egg
GD: As far as I can make out these are entirely solo percussion performances and is therefore comparable to the classical album we were discussing with the main difference being that the compositions are Yamash'ta's. My copy happens to be on the Egg label. The tracks are:
GD: This is a theatre piece and again I believe this is a live recording. The core band is Yamash'ta, Pert, Peter Robinson/electric piano, and Alyn Ross/bass. And there are other supplemental musicians as well. Although, again, no synth, electric keyboards are being used.
All compositions Yamash'ta
GD: A jazz album in the progressive vein featuring Yamash'ta, Hisako Yamash'ta/violin, Hugh Hopper/bass, Gary Boyle/electric & acoustic guitars, Brian Gasciogne/keyboards, synthesizer (at last!), vibraphone.
Tracks: Freedom is Frightening Rolling Nuns Pine of the Horizon Wind Words
All compositions Yamash'ta, no times listed.
GD: featuring Yamash'ta, H. Yamash'ta, Hopper, Gasciogne, Sami Abu/vocals, conga, flute, Gary Boyle/guitar, Nigel Moriss/drum kit. And, yes, Gasciogne again plays synths.
All compositions by Yamash'ta except Seasons by Vivaldi, lyrics Sammi Abu.
All compositions by Yamash'ta, lyrics by Giovanni Dadomo, except Shadows by H. Yamash'ta and Gasciogne.
STOMU YAMASHTA - PERCUSSION
DAITO FUJITA - BASS
BRIAN GASCOIGNE - PIANO , CLAVINET , SYNTHESIZER
HOZUMI TANAKA - DRUM KIT
TSUNEO MATSUMOTO - GUITAR
GARY BOYLE - GUITAR
HISAKO YAMASHTA - VIOLIN
MURRAY HEAD - VOCAL
MAXINE NIGHTINGGALE - VOCAL
The musician credits were found on the UK LP by TURTLE DA MANNN, thanks! Gary Davis found no band credits on his US pressed album.
1976 Island (US) lp:ILPS-9387, ILS-80601
This was Yamashta's Prog-Rock-Fusion supergroup project. Sort of a see what happens if you put all these artists together. Lineup is: Yamashta, Steve Winwood, Michael Shrieve, Klaus Schulze, Rosko Gee, Al DiMeola, Chris West, Pat Thrall, Julian Marvin, Hiasko Yamashta, Lennox Langton, Brother James. Some good material on all of the Go albums, though some material is nothing special.
René Yedema sends me info that an Australian label (who is apparently on the up and up) finally obtained the rights to re-issue all the GO material as a double CD. cat# RVCD-182.
The company is Raven Records
1976 Island (US) double lp: ISLD 10
The line up is: Yamashta, Steve Winwood, Michael Shrieve, Klaus Schulze, Al Di Meola, Jerome Rimson, Pat Thrall, Brother James, Karen Freidman.
See above for CD info
1978 island 12" (UK) IPR 2014info Ron Kane
1977 Arista (US) lp:AB 4138, SPARTY 1011, cd: One Way Records OW 26785
The line up: Stomu Yamashta, Al DiMeola, Doni Harvey, Paul Jackson, Brother James, Linda Lewis, Peter Robinson, Jess Roden, Klaus Schulze, Michael Shrieve. This one had a quit
An authorized reissue from Australia on Raven Records
1982 Casablanca (USA) lp: NBLPH 7269 (6480 084)
The Paul Mazursky film. Guest - Michael Shrieve. Short but quite impressive.
(*) 198? RVC 2LP: RPL-3026-27
Double album. Pretty much acoustic with all sorts of percussion
1982 RVC lp: RPL-8144
Plenty of sequencer and synth. These melodies will tend to show up on the next several albums. Water music
1983 RVC lp: RPL-8187
Bigger sound. Superb cover art. Fire music.
1984 Victor lp: SJX-30227
An historical drama. Recycles material from the Iroha albums. (There
is a piece Ku-Uh, I've not heard before)
1984 Victor, Kuckuck(GER/USA) lp: 072 cd: CD72
Here he adds an orchestra conducted by Paul Buckmaster (Go). Impressive big sound.
1993 Kosei CD KMYD-5100
An introsepective blend of synths and trad. Japanese instruments highlighted by percussion solos and chanting. Inspired by Buddhist scriptures.
1990 Kosei CD KMYD-5101
A multi movement blend of synths and some acoustic sounds. Interestingly this recording dates from before volume 1.
(*) 1997.6 Kosei CD KMYD-5102
John Rempel sends me info this is Solar Dream, Vol. 3
(*) 1999.5 Maeda(?) limited edition
mentioned on this Japanese language page
Stomu Yamashta / The Nostalgic Future
Listen to the Future, Vol. 1
(*) 2001.12.05 Sony Music SSCL-2 (SACD)
- I think it comes both ways SACD and regular CD, not as a compatible SACD
I have to check this one out further. It has something to do with the ancient SANUKAITO (Sanuki rock). 12 tracks.
here is a listing on Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese)
Darren (Lascivia) found some Japanese links
Hosono, Kitaro, Pizzicato Five, Plastics, P-Model, Sakamoto (solo) , Sakamoto (other), Takahashi, Tomita, Yano, YMO, YMO (misc),
A-D Artists, E-G Artists, H Artists, I-J Artists, K-O Artists, P-R Artists, S Artists, T Artists
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