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Album Review

Kitaro's double-disc An Ancient Journey is collection of gentle, ethereal compositions utilizing his unique style of performance. Blending traditional Japanese instruments with lush keyboards, Kitaro crafted some very relaxing and meditative music on this album. Like any album in this genre, this is for very specific tastes only, but this is definitely one of the superior artists working in new age music. With gorgeous melodies and a penchant for keeping things low-key, Kitaro's An Ancient Journey is a proper follow-up to 2001's Ancient that should keep fans happy and possibly gain him new followers within the genre.

Customer Reviews

not so bad!

Well, this isn't really so bad! I make home video movies with my cousins, and this is a good album to have playing when someone is kidnamped or when they are making an extreme caution trip to Egypt, and with egypt, the best song is the Pharaoh.

great!

I like this arabic taste so much!
Nice mixing of traditional Japanese and ancient Egypt sounds.

Great album

This album transports me back to the first trade agreements and mixing of cultures between East and West. You might find it odd that Kitaro, a Japanese artist, would be able to depict camels to deserts and oasis lands so easily. A true vision of mystic wonder.

Biography

Born: 1953 in Toyohashi, Japan

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Kitaro's style is the epitome of the contemplative, highly melodic synthesizer music often associated with the new-age movement. Interestingly enough, this famous Japanese composer taught himself to play electric guitar in high school -- inspired by the R&B music of Otis Redding. In the early '70s, Kitaro formed the Far East Family Band, which released two albums of progressive rock. In 1972, however, he met the innovative German synthesist Klaus Schulze during a trip to Europe. Kitaro was hooked....
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