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Benzaiten

Osamu Kitajima Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 17, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East Quest
  • ASIN: B003ZUYI00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Benzaiten - God of Music & Water
2. Taiyo - The Sun
3. Tengu - A long Nosed Goblin
4. Benzaiten (Reprise)
5. Whoma - Immortality

Editorial Reviews

His debut album in the United States on Antilles (Island Rec.) released in 1976, Benzaiten, was a mix of progressive rock and traditional Japanese music, and was well received in US, captured numerous "underground" radio airplay and sold moderately well, in addition it was released abroad later including Japan.
And the album was chosen as #1 special mention album on the major music trading paper WALRUS at that time.
"One of the year's most significant recordings ..... A true unification of Eastern and Western music, the kind that enhances both .... for breaking new ground .... Osamu must be considered extraordinary." - WALRUS

The song #1 "Benzaiten" was produced by the late Hal Yoergler who was one of the greatest producers of all-time in American pop music history.
This short version of "Benzaiten" does not exist without him. What he has done for Osamu is greatly appreciated.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tsugigri October 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
first found this album in a half price bookstore in austin,texas in1979. it blew me away! The title song is is very energetic. Great energy and soul. l

Lost the record in 1984. Looked for it for years. Found it in the inter net and record wad selling for upwards of 120 dollars or more. No cd. ..till now. And it is on cd. I

am super happy. Gonna buy another copy, just in case. Track number 5 is supernaturally awesome. If the other song the album were total dogs, and the are not, I would

rate the album 5 stars. Tracks 4 and 5 take me to another place and time. Open your ears and soul. Feel this music and be transported to realm of Benzaiten. Totimo edesu yo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars early Osamu Kitajima December 10, 2010
By Mortone
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is Osamu Kitajima before he went new age. If you like, or have listened to Kabuki, Noh, or Gagaku and wondered what it would sound like with a little edginess to it, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars something unique May 14, 2014
Format:Audio CD
If it's true that Benzaiten was often placed in the bargain bins in the 70's that's absolutely a crying shame. If given the proper amount of attention and the appropriate amount of dedication, you'd probably believe this is a unique listening experience in a category of its own. I can only hope that the amount of quality music taking over music stores back in the day is the main reason this Osamu Kitajima album isn't being fondly remembered like it should be.

What exactly is Benzaiten like you ask? Well it takes Japanese and Middle Eastern sounds and creates a very rhythmic and meditative album mostly appropriate for a late night listening experience so you can fully absorb the creativity and rich variety of arrangements. These are slow-moving, almost hypnotizing (and often melodic!) grooves with sitars, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, flutes (lots of flutes) and other interesting instruments doing a great job encouraging the listener to feel like he or she is somewhere far, far away. Anywhere in Asia in fact.

This feels really authentic too. That's another benefit. If I had to pick a favorite song I'd probably pick either track 2 or track 3 titled "Taiyo (The Sun)" and "Tengu (A Long Nose Goblin)" respectively because the guitar soloing is really wavy and dreamy on these particular occasions, and the crunchy King Crimson Larks Tongue in Aspic-like guitar riff serving as the rhythm is pretty awesome. Some of the stuff that jams in the second half of track 4 ("Benzaiten (Reprise") is surprisingly comparable to any kind of authentic Middle Eastern music you've listened to before. "Benzaiten (God of Music and Water)" actually sort of reminds me of mid 70's jazz/fusion Jeff Beck for some reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kitajima's best album! March 25, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy Kitajima's more pop and new age albums too, but this is his masterpiece. It's got the edge and distinctively different style from everything else ever done by anyone that his later albums lack. An amazing and unique fusion of rock and traditional Japanese music. First I had a tape copied from a friend's LP back in the early
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