Kitaro – Daichi / (From the) Full Moon Story


Release data: Kitaro – Daichi / (From the) Full Moon Story LP/CD, Zen/Polydor/Geffen, 1979 This album sees a further continuation of the cosmic space sound explored on the composer’s debut-release “Ten Kai/Astral Trip”. Present once more are tribal drums/percussion and repetitive melodic lines, as are an overall sweetness, tranquil nature sounds and Kitaro’s fusion of eastern sound worlds and those from the west. The brief…

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Kitaro – Ten Kai/Astral Trip/Astral Voyage


Release data: Kitaro – Ten Kai/Astral Trip/Astral Voyage P/CD, Zen/Polydor/Geffen Records, 1978 After having joined the progressive Far East Family band, Kitaro decided to pursue a solo trip, starting with the spiritual, heavily synth-based “Ten Kai/Astral Voyage”. The latter proves a rather weird and trippy release featuring both calm and more dramatic passages that not yet connect to the stronger New Age oriented, more similar…

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Kitaro – Oasis


Release data: Kitaro – Oasis CD, Pony Canon/Polydor/Domo Records, 1979 I’ve never been an avid Kitaro-fan, but have been quite fond of the releases Japanese composer Masanori Takahashi made at the end of the ‘70’s, “Oasis” being one of them. The biggest part of the album is a quiet, dreamy and harmonic sound painting with lots of Eastern flavors (bells, sitar) flying by, along a…

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Kitaro – Impressions of the West Lake


Release data: Kitaro – Impressions of the West Lake CD, Domo Records, 2009 For over a decade, I’ve been out of touch with the music of Kitaro, so this release may be a good opportunity to catch up on his current whereabouts. “Impressions of the West Lake” contains Kitaro’s score to a modern day opera conceived and directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou, making…

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