Hannover-based rock band Jane has a long history, dating back to the late 60s and a group called the J.P.'s (Justice of Peace). By 1971, the band centered around the heavy drums of Peter Panka, the swirling organ of Werner Nadolny and the solid tone of Klaus Hess's Gibson guitar. Their debut album Together was the second release on Bruno Wendel and Günter Körber's Brain Records, and carried a catalog number of 1002 (another Hanoverian recording, The Scorpions' Lonesome Crow, was 1001).
Hailing from Nice, France, Shylock formed in 1974, combining the talents of keyboardist Didier Lustig, drummer André Fisichella and guitarist Frédéric L'Épée. The band then retreated to a church in the Maralpin town of St-Dalmas-le-Selvage to write and rehearse. Early compositions were named sequentially, and later evidenced by the titles on their debut album, Gialorgues (named after a valley in St. Dalmas). The band self-released the instrumental album in 1976, printing a reputed 1000 copies; however, CBS subsequently signed the band and re-released the album in early 1977.
Artist: Stomu Yamash'ta / Steve Winwood / Michael Shrieve
Label: Island Records
Country: United States
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After wrapping up his East Wind fusion project, Stomu Yamash'ta next project would be the apex of his career. In 1976, he assembled a superstar lineup that included Steve Winwood, Klaus Schulze, Rosko Gee, Al Di Meola, Michael Shrieve and Pat Thrall (the latter from Automatic Man), and recorded Go for Island Records, with Dennis MacKay producing. The opening track's lush strings unfold to Winwood's ever-soulful voice on "Crossing the Line." It's certainly a prototype of the kind of music that would yield hit singles for the singer in the 80s.