Crossing The Line, by Go

One of the best super groups in the history of rock, the short-lived Go was an interesting combination of talent drawing from different styles of music. The band was formed by Japanese percussionist and composer Stomu Yamashta who at the beginning of the 70s explored avant garde and modern classical music and performed compositions by Toru Takemitsu as well as film scores such as Robert Altman’s Images, composed by then-not yet Hollywood mega star composer John Williams.

In 1976 Yamashta met former Santana drummer Michael Shrieve in London, leading to the formation of the group Go, adding to the roster Klaus Schulze, Steve Winwood and Al Di Meola. Such a vast collection of music backgrounds seldom unites in a single group. Shrieve came from the late 60s psychedelic San Francisco scene and evolved into latin-rock and jazz fusion in various incarnations of Santana. Schulze brought the space electronic side after releasing a number of great records in the genre, including Timewind and Moondawn. Steve Winwood needs no introduction. At this point Traffic was no more and he was working on his first solo record. He was brought in mainly as a singer, and his unique vocal is featured here in the live performance of Crossing the Line. Al Di Meola was then in between his work with Chick Corea’s fusion version of Return to Forever and his solo work.

Crossing the Line was composed by Stomu Yamashta, lyrics written by Michael Quartermain. I love the snare work by Michael Shrieve here. It is very high in the mix and adds a lot of energy to the slow rhythm.

Interestingly, the lengthy electric guitar solo on this recording of Crossing the Line is not played by Al Di Meola. That great solo is played by Pat Thrall, who was invited to participate in the live Go project by Michael Shrieve, with whom he recorded earlier that year. Thrall says of that occasion: “Al left the stage and gave this solo to me….it was only one of 2 solos I got the whole night but it was such an honor to play with these amazing players”.

When you’re caught, the other side

Take a look and maybe start

To take up your life again

Crossing the line

 

Through the gate, what words to say

Demon takes your breath away

Hear your heart, don’t be afraid

Passing through time

 

Spinning around the axis of a dream

Possibilities aren’t always what they seem

Reject them and all your choices will be free

Crossing the line

 

Turn upon the winding stair

Past the door that isn’t there

You have come you know not where

Passing through time

 

Walk along the narrow road

Where the ghost gives up his mind

You can catch the thread of time

Crossing the line

 

Spinning around the axis of a dream

Possibilities aren’t always what they seem

Reject them and all your choices will be free

Crossing the line

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  1. I remember having this album at one point in the mid 70’s, and for some reason I latched onto one of the two LPs, and never played the other one. I was a big DiMeola fan, so it must have been a side heavy with his playing.

  2. You are probably referring to Man of Leo, a side-long track in the second LP, which was a showcase Al Di Meola track. He has a number of solos on it. It segued into a spacy piece with Klaus Schulze on synths and Stomu Yamashta on percussion.

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