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Departure [Import, Soundtrack]

NujabesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 5, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Jvc Victor
  • ASIN: B00024Z6DU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate chill music? September 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Smelling of sunflowers, "Departure" is one of four Samurai Champloo soundtracks. Like bookends, the first track is Nujabes' 'Battlecry,' the song that kicked off every episode. Likewise, the last track is MINMI's 'Shiki no Uta' (Song of the Seasons), the poetic closer for each episode. There are lots of great animation themes that only exist as a thirty second piece of music or the rest of the song falls short. An example of this is the theme to the Boondocks animated show. In contrast, it is deeply satisfying to hear the entire three minutes and twenty seconds of 'Battlecry.' The music between the opener and closer is also compelling. Given the eclectic nature of the music, an exact genre or musical style is difficult to pin down. "Departure" is a relaxing combination of jazz with pop, rock and hip-hop aesthetics. While urban music tends to have a digitally processed feel, this project keeps an organic groove that can only be created by musicians playing actual instruments. At times, it comes close to smooth jazz but nu-jazz is probably the best single descriptor. The mostly instrumental soundtrack manages to combine relaxing with hip -a feat that is seldomly achieved. Urban beats usually lay the foundation for smooth melodies. The first six tracks are by Nujabes while Fat Jon plays ten tunes. Given a shared musical vision, most listeners would have a difficult time distinguishing between the two musical entities. The Wikipedia entry for this disc indicates that the song 'Aruarian Dance' receives regular airplay on the XM Radio station Chill. This is for good reason, it's one of the album's highlights. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD is Great for an Audiophile's collection! January 11, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is was my first Nujabes CD I ever got. I must say the sounds can never get old. If you haven't seen Samurai Champloo yet, I urge you to go watch it first before listening to any of these tracks (but its highly likely you already watched it). Listening to one of the soundtracks sure does give you another point of view of the anime and the artists who produced them.

When I say this is great for an Audiophile's collection, I really mean it. You can't get max quality music from the anime or album anywhere else. I know the CD is little expensive..but if you get the extra money, I highly recommend getting this CD, jp victor label. What I also love about it is the unique artwork and small square booklet that looks part of the back cover within the case. I really like CDs with awesome/unique artwork or extras, they go great with a true CD collection. Like King Geedorah (MF DOOM) - "Take Me To Your Leader" CD, which artwork is actually a poster with cut n paste hand activity. Things like that catch my eye. It's better to cop this CD before it becomes rare and more expensive in the future!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great relaxing music. November 27, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of Samurai Champloo, Nujabes, or "Jazz-hop" this is the album for you. It's great relaxing music, albeit it is expensive since it's a import and production of this disk probably ended, however if you can get your hands on a used CD in good condition for a reasonable price, I would do that because there's nothing like listening to Nujabes after a long days work to relax. Highly recommend listening to a few of his tracks on youtube to see if you are interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. A Must Get August 5, 2014
By 33north
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Such great relaxing music. Can you beat Nujabes? Maybe. It's hard to deny the type of music he's created.

Also check out Samurai Champloo. You will be surpised.
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