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This is a masterful blending of East and West resulting in the best of both worlds. The first track on this album "Heavensent" is one of the finest selections of New Age music ever recorded. I do not say this lightly. The beauty of the melodies, the chemistry between the musicians, the delicate harmonic textures and the unique blend of instruments all combine to create something far greater than the sum of its parts.
Like a Japanese garden, every sound has its place. Here is music that is majestic, tasteful and very romantic.
by Jamie Michaels / the manager of the music department at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore in 1980's.
Guest Musicians : Victor Feldman, Dorothy Ashby, David Mansfield, Richard Elliot, Joe Curiale, Michael Fisher, Masakazu Yoshizawa and Masayuki Suzuki
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One of the longest tracks ever recorded that is not a live concert piece, ‘Heavensent’ is also regarded as one of the greatest works of the new age genre, somewhat akin to the ‘Seven Samurai’ of samurai pictures. It starts off with a heavenly harp prelude that eases us into the main melody – an astonishing arrangement of acoustic guitar, guzheng, violin, synthesizers and percussion. In true Osamu style, the melody repeats through various instruments, with structural breaks of solo harp, percussion, guzheng or acoustic piano.
The third track ‘Eye to I’ is more Chinese-music sounding, but has interludes of orientalized jazz. It is in my opinion the weakest track of the lot, but has enough to warrant repeated listening. My favourite is “Through Cosmic Doors”, a piece with an addictive beat set by the Japanese koto. It is brilliantly augmented by a groovy synthesized bass, and layered with percussion with breaks of shakuhachi. If you are an Osamu Kitajima fan, The Source is a must-have.
Reviewed on Luxman Stereo Integrated Amplifier A-383, Marantz Compact Disc Player CD-63SE, and a pair of 1973 New Advent Loudspeakers.
Superb recording with crystal-clear sound quality
If you truly love music, this is a must-have.