Japanese percussionist and composer Stomu Yamashta is due to release his Island albums between 1972 and 1976, including the albums he released with supergroup Go, collected in a new seven-disc box set.
Stomu Yamashta: Seasons – The Island Albums 1972-1976 will be released via Esoteric Recordings on July 29 and features remastered versions of seven of Yamashta’s releases from this period.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Yamashta studied music at Kyoto University and Berklee College of Music. He caught the attention of the West when the Red Buddha Theater brought him to Europe. He teamed up with percussionist Morris Pert and members of his band Come To The Edge to record the albums. floating music and The man from the east for Island Records. Later, he formed the group East Wind with Gary Boyle (guitar), Hugh Hopper (bass) and Brian Gascoigne (keyboards), recording Freedom is scary.
But it’s for supergroup Go that Yamashta is probably best known, bringing in talents as diverse as Al Di Meola, Steve Winwood and the late Klaus Schulze for 1976’s self-titled debut album, The Live Live from Paris same year and 1977 follow-up Go too. He also notably contributed to the soundtrack of David Bowie’s film The man who fell to earth.
Stomu Yamashta: Seasons – The Island Albums 1972-1976 presents remastered versions of floating music, The man from the east, Freedom is scary, One by one, rain dog, To go and Come on… live from Paris.
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