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The Essential Kitaro

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Album Review

Kitaro has always been an album-oriented artist. Even his now-fabled Silk Road series took two albums to complete. The sequencing and editing of these pieces were done with great care and precision, offering the listener a complete Kitaro sound experience.

Customer Reviews

Distortions in mp3

I've been a customer of iTunes for a while and am familiar with the quality of their downloads. But I need to ask Kitaro lovers to beware of this set of downloads. The quality is not so good! There're some distortions in the mp3 files. If you can live with that, then this album truly is essential for fans of Kitaro. My favorite are "As the Wind Blows", "A Passage of Life", "Itonami", "Wood Fairy", "The Scroll is Read".

Kitaro "Asia", "Spiritual Garden", "An Ancient Journey", and "Toward the West"

I've been listening to Kitaro since I was about ten years old and collecting his albums ever since then. His music has been a huge part of healing my life of nine years of physical abuse. I definitely recommend the following albums, "An Ancient Journey, Asia, Spiritual Garden, and Twoard the West." Listen to your heart's content and save your soul and sanity. Thank you Kitaro.

The Essential Kitaro

Very relaxing and soothing. It is a compilation of his best work. Definitely worth it.


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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