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Kitaro's universally acknowledged as the founding architect of new age music. The Grammy and Golden Globe Award-Winning Kitaro has achieved global acclaim over a more than three decade long career with a signature sound and a pioneering fusion of cultures, techniques and spheres of consciousness that are truly his own.

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Domo Records
  • ASIN: B000IHYVNC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. A Passage of Life
3. Contortionists
4. Estrella
5. Whisper
6. Itonami
7. Wood Fairy
8. Dance of Sarasvati
9. The Scroll is Read
10. Theme from Silk Road
11. Nagare No Naka de
12. Koi
13. Shizuku

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Kitaro is undeniably one of the best known and most accomplished artists in new age music. Over the course of his 30 year career, he has sold millions of albums, won a Grammy award, scored motion pictures and for the stage, taken a pilgrimage to some of Japan's holiest temples and recorded in locations previously off limits to other artists. His sound, which swings from bombastic synthesized drama to graceful flute solos, is highly characteristic of the artist, especially his swooping synthesizer sounds which are reminiscent of an electric erhu, and his lush spacey soundscapes which elevate traditional Asian music to an entirely different and unique level. This greatest hits collection covers many different facets of Kitaro's career, including earlier material like his signature hit "Theme from Silk Road" and more recent offerings, such as a few tracks from his "Journey of Ku-Kai" albums and a cut from his soundtrack to the Broadway production "Cirque Ingenieux."

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I use this music to relax my clients it works wonderfully.
Robo
I say all this, because Kitaro's music is something everyone who enjoys New Age music really should buy this album for themselves to listen to over and over again.
Jon Nipp
A selection album let me listen to one or two pieces only, avoiding listening the whole album.
TMS

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When I first read that Kitaro was following his excellent new 2006 album, "Spiritual Garden", with yet another compilation album, I must admit, all I could think was..."why"? Think about it - there have already been two volumes titled "the Best of Kitaro", plus "The Best of Ten Years" (re-recordings of pieces from Kitaro's first decade in music), "The Best of the Grammy Awards" (a double-CD collection of Kitaro's Grammy winning works), "The Best of Silk Road" (a collection of pieces from the popular "Silk Road" album series), as well as several other compilations, of varying quality, that have been released specifically for the Japanese market...While you'd be hard-pressed to find a more devoted Kitaro fan than myself, even I have to wonder why yet ANOTHER compilation album is really needed at this point...Well, thankfully "The Essential Kitaro" is more than just another "Best of" compilation CD. It's actually a two disc set; one a CD, and one a DVD. Both dics are pretty impressive - although it's the DVD of (mostly) previously unreleased concert footage that will be of supreme interest to the die-hard Kitaro fan. The 60 minute DVD begins with "Silk Road Theme" & "Dance of Sarasvati", both recorded live in Spain during 1999's "Thinking of You" tour. Long-time fans will notice some familiar faces from the "Enchanted Evening" video among the master's backing band - namely guitarist Angus Clark, keyboardist Diana Dentino and percussionist Derek Zimmerman. The passion that these musicians bring to Kitaro's music is obvious, and they function like a well-oiled machine. The version of "Sarasvati" found here is particularly brilliant, featuring a beefed-up arrangement highlighted by some electric sitar playing from Clark, and a wailing, nimble-fingered synthesizer solo from Kitaro!Read more ›
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By TMS on February 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I must say that I don't like the kind of "best" or "collection" album, especially Kitaro's.
Although there is exception: the Vangelis <Reprise: 1990-1999> which selected and arranged the tracks and connect them fluently, like telling a story.

I bought <The Essential Kitaro> just because of the DVD. It contains five video of live performance.
- Silk Road (Spain 1999)
- Dance of Sarasvati (Spain 1999)
- Estrella (Daylight Moonlight Live in Yakushiji)
- Koi (China 2004)
- Mercury (China 2004)

Strangely, <Mercury> is not printed on the list of content of the package, but printed on the inside page. People may not know it is included.

Four of them are neither released on audio nor on video officially as I know.

They are surprising. Especially <Dance of Sarasvati>, it is in different arrangement than the one in <An Enchanted Evening>, with an interesting instrument played by Kitaro to produce the sound of sands. And to me, the adding of electronic guitar performed by Angus Clark (the guitarist in <An Enchanted Evening>) is excellent.

<Silk Road> is good also. Although it is performed over and over and over again, this one in Spain is quite different.

<Koi> in China reminded me the scene I enjoyed that night, I almost forgot the stage colour changing effect and the dressing of the violinist.

<Mercury> is not the one in the same concert in China. The one in the concert is excellent; I hope that it will be released. This one in the DVD, is performed in a temple, with pipa played by Chinese pipa player Mr. TU SHAN XIANG, I doubt it is just a recording, no audience there.

The DVD is good. How about the CD?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jon Nipp on December 8, 2006
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Performing over 30 years says a lot about any musician when most only last 3 years. That alone tells you people love Kitaro and his incredible music. This album is a collection of many of his best compositions and it includes a DVD of him and his orchestra performing live. Now the DVD is not spectacular so far as musicians dancing all over the stage, as you often see in a Yanni concert. However, it is a really nice bonus to get to see this amazing musician perform, because if you're like me you love his music but have never been to his concerts. Just one thing that's so nice about Kitaro's music is its depth. Musicians like Yanni and Enya seem to compose music which has one particular sound. Sometimes, in fact, if you listen closely, many of some songs seem to simply repeat themselves in variations of the same melody. Don't get me wrong, I like Yanni and Enya, and obviously so do millions of others, but the scope of their music is limited. Kitaro, on the other hand, composes on much grander and eclectic scales. Also, Enya has produced only a handful of albums where Kitaro has produced 26. I say all this, because Kitaro's music is something everyone who enjoys New Age music really should buy this album for themselves to listen to over and over again. You will not be disappointed. We are proud to include the music of Kitaro in our regular New Age music radio broadcast.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Ahmuty on January 12, 2008
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The selections of Kitaro music were an excellent representation of the artistic and very talented Kitaro. The DVD was absolutely gorgeous in the photography and images portrayed in tune and synchronization with the lilting music of the great artist, Kitaro.
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