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Audio, Cassette, September 6, 1994
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1. Mandala
2. Planet
3. Dance of Sarasvati
4. Scope
5. Chant from the Heart
6. Crystal Tears
7. Winds of Youth
8. Kokoro

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  • Audio Cassette (September 6, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domo Records
  • ASIN: B000005WN7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Of the 17 Kitaro CDs I have, this is one that gets quite a bit of play...he is truly the master of this type of music, with such a unique and identifiable sound...sadly, some of his very best recordings are now out of print (like "Ki"), but this one is very special, and contains one of his most delectable and melodic pieces, the "Dance of Sarasvati", which invites movement, if only in the imagination.
It's one of those CDs where one track knits with the one that follows, and each piece is a delight...even the change from the very percussive "Chant from the Heart" to the exquisitely gentle "Crystal Tears" flows from one to the other. "Winds of Youth", with its plaintive shakuhachi (played by Seiho Miyazaki) is extraordinary, and perhaps my favorite of the 8 compositions.
Kitaro once said "...it is my energy and joy and appreciation for life and living that I wish to share", and that he does with this CD, which is overflowing with life and joy.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery K. Matheus on December 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1994, "Mandala" is one of the finest overall release from Japanese synthesist/composer/multi-instrumentalist Kitaro - and this is quite a compliment for an artist with such an impressive catalog! To give a bit of historical perspective; this album appeared a few years after the acclaimed release of Kitaro's majestic, orchestral concept work "Kojiki", a sentimental favorite of "new age music" fans, and certainly a hard act to follow! With "Mandala", Kitaro seemed to find inspiration by blending some new, exciting, and exotic sounds into his music (sitar, Native American flute, Oriental horns, etc.) while still holding on to those familiar synthesizer sounds that make him so distinctive as an artist. There is also more of an emphasis on electric guitars here, and Kitaro (who played most of the instuments himself) shows himself to be quite a gifted axe man. The album, as a whole, flows well from track to track, and there is a bit more musical diversity than is usally found on Kitaro's albums. The opening title track ("Mandala") begins with with a spacy, Pink Floyd-ish guitar/synth intro, then builds into a booming classical melody. There is also a bit of a Floyd-ian vibe on "Chant From the Heart", perhaps the closest that Kitaro has come to an out and out prog-rock tune (and stangely enough, for a song with "Chant" in its title, the actual vocal chanting is so submilinal that you may miss it enless you listen with a good set of headphones.) "Dance of Sarasvati" begins with a joyful vibe, then evolves into a more mysical groove with some strong middle eastern influences...then unepectedly evolves back to it's original theme! "Planet" is a short, gentle piece with classical overtones.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I have at least 15 different Kitaro albums. But no album comes close to perfection as this one. On his debut release, Oasis, and the many that followed, Kitaro performed on synthesizers. He captured your spirit in his ethereal music. Later, with the release of Kojiki, Heaven & Earth, and Dream, he changed to using less synths and more classical elements. This worked well, but it severely limited the capability of the music. The album Dream, which was almost ALL classical, was a fairly bad album. On Mandala, Kitaro has gone back to his roots in a new way. Synths are beautifully mixed with orchestral music. The opening title track is a prime example. A powerful orchestra, captivating electronic backgrounds, and a breathtaking guitar intro. The album does not stop there. Each of its 8 tracks are wonderfully done. It's one of the best albums I have. Try listening to it on headphones to get the full effect of this masterpiece.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is Kitaro at his best. It is a very powerful and an intense album. I bought this just before he came to Denver in Oct of 94. And it was a genuine pleasure to hear it 'live.' The music just draws you into it, the emotion of it is very hard to describe. It is so gentle at times, lulling a person to a soft relaxation. Then the drums and horns transport you into a world of fierce warriors from some ancient past. Your imagination runs wild at who they are, or where could they be. Awesome!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin E Fendos on June 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although I think Kitaro relies on his electric guitar a little too much ~~~ it is still a very good album. The Dance of Saravati is indeed very good. But Planet and Winds of Youth are just breathtakingly superb! Planet is soft and melodic (Kitaro's composing at its best) whereas Winds of Youth is just solid and invigorating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael on November 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was watching television late one evening(a PBS station) about six years ago,and a concert by some oriental guy was on. The song 'Kokoro' had just started playing and I was mesmerized. What beautiful melodies and some of the most amazing guitar playing I have witnessed. I now own four Kitaro recordings(and plan to own more). He introduced me to New Age and I still believe he is the best and most talented musician in that catagory. All eight tracks on this recording are great. Buy it, you can't go wrong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vlad on January 22, 2003
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One of my favorite Kitaro CDs . I discover Kitaro music in late 80's , just when I started writing . And when I write , I have to have some music on background , what helps me to stay constantly in particula mood . Kitaro's music is perfect for that . I call every his song my own name ( ocean dream , flight thrue the clouds , higher and higher ... ). Long time ago I couldn't fell asleep without his music .
On this CD , " Scope " is my favorite .
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