Best of Kitaro, Vol. 2 [2 CD]

Best of Kitaro, Vol. 2 [2 CD]

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Kitaro's second BEST OF collection is an excellent introduction to the unique sound of a new age visionary. The innovative Kitaro blends Asian traditional music with synthesizers, electric guitars, and acoustic instruments to create lush melodies that seem to ascend on wisps of heaven-bound incense. This ability to fuse the traditional and contemporary, the digital… See more details below

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Kitaro's second BEST OF collection is an excellent introduction to the unique sound of a new age visionary. The innovative Kitaro blends Asian traditional music with synthesizers, electric guitars, and acoustic instruments to create lush melodies that seem to ascend on wisps of heaven-bound incense. This ability to fuse the traditional and contemporary, the digital and spiritual, is best represented by the Grammy-nominated "Dance of Sarasvati" from MANDALA, the Kabuki-flavored "Koi" from KOJIKI, the title track from GAIA, and his classic "Theme from the Silk Road." Kitaro's THE SOONG SISTERS soundtrack (a bonus disk packaged in a limited quantity) uses orchestra, choir, nature sounds, and Chinese strings and drums to create romantic moods, ghostly forebodings, and action-filled soundscapes -- all touched by Kitaro's mystical edge.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
Choosing a best-of collection for Kitaro must be a difficult task. Everything he touches turns to gold. Best of Kitaro, Vol. 2 is a collection of pieces from his releases of 1988 through 1998. The selected compositions are typical of this man's techniques and styles. While there is only one unfortunate track with vocals (by the ever irritating Jon Anderson), all of the performances are lyrical. Kitaro's gentle touch and smooth sound design give the pieces special flair. Each piece has its own panache, charm, and grace. This is an excellent starting point for any Kitaro collection. As an added bonus, it includes The Soong Sisters, a soundtrack to the film of the same name.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Domo Records
UPC:
0724384711122
catalogNumber:
47111
Rank:
95872

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Theme From Silk Road  -  Kitaro
  2. Tenku  -  Kitaro
  3. The Field  -  Kitaro
  4. Koi  -  Kitaro
  5. Cosmic Love  -  Kitaro
  6. Dance of Sarasvati  -  Kitaro
  7. The Bottom Of The Sky  -  Kitaro
  8. Gaia  -  Kitaro
  9. Heaven & Earth  -  Kitaro
  10. Lady Of Dreams  -  Kitaro

Disc 2

  1. Soong Sisters  -  Kitaro
  2. Nowhere To Land  -  Kitaro
  3. Dr. Sun & Ching-Ling  -  Kitaro
  4. Man On Fire  -  Kitaro
  5. Ching-Ling Assassination Attempt/Soldiers Revolt  -  Kitaro
  6. Ching-Ling Goes To Russia  -  Kitaro
  7. Waltz & War  -  Kitaro
  8. The Bonfire  -  Kitaro
  9. Xi-An Airport  -  Kitaro
  10. The Scroll Is Read  -  Kitaro
  11. Ching-Ling Escapes  -  Kitaro
  12. Parachutes  -  Kitaro
  13. Echoing Wall  -  Kitaro

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kitaro   Primary Artist
Andrew Kinney   Performing Ensemble
Northwest Sinfonia and Chorus   Performing Ensemble
Warren Chang   Erhu
Ziying Wu   Chinese Lute
Buyun Zhao   Yang Chin,Yangqin
Randy Miller   Conductor,Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Kitaro   Producer
Gary Barlough   Producer,Engineer
Peter Kelsey   Engineer
Eiichi Naito   Executive Producer
Andrew Kinney   Orchestration
Massanori Ishizuka   Cover Design
Ziying Wu   Contributor
Peter Tomashek   Orchestration

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