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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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  • ASIN: B000008HD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Crompton on 19 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The date on my cd is 1985. I hadn't listed to it for a while, but after listening again, sorry I've decided to keep this one rather than ebay it. The style of this is still very much like Kitaro's earlier work (Silk Road, Tunhuang, etc), and is worth finding in my view if you like this sort of stuff. I'm not keen on his later stuff.
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Debut album and I believe his finest, of what I've heard from him 29 Mar. 2006
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Astral Voyage was first released in Japan in 1978 under the title Ten Kai (the original LP also gave the English title of Astral Trip). This album got released in the United States in 1985 with the the slightly altered Astral Voyage title (but doesn't matter since "Ten Kai" pretty much translates the same), when he was signing up with Geffen Records to break through the American market. The cassette version has this gold print with the album title and artist name printed on the plastic casing itself, so if you own the Geffen cassette and don't have the print on the casing, you probably have a version where someone replaced the casing (after all cassette casings do have a habit of breaking even if just dropped by accident). Prior Ten Kai, Kitaro was a member of a prog rock band called Far East Family Band, in which he was going under his real name, Masanori Takahashi. The group released The Cave: Down to the Earth (1975), the English-language version called Nipponjin (1975, which also omitted a couple of songs in favor of a song from a band called Far Out, which was one of Kitaro's bandmate's previous bands) and Parallel World (1976) before jumping ship for a solo career. Far East Family Band continued for one more album without him and with a shortened and altered lineup for the album Tenkujin (1977).

Although I've seen sources that states that Oasis was his debut and released in 1976, it was actually a 1979 release, so Astral Voyage (Ten Kai) was actually his first. In my opinion, this is perhaps one of his less New Age-y, more experimental albums. He really created some really nice and interesting Moog sounds, plus he tended to use a lot of Solina string synths here. There's also use of acoustic guitar and sitar, and he does tend to explore some World music here, when he does, it (unsurprisingly) has a strong Asian feel. One cut has Koto, with an obviously Japanese feel (meaning Kitaro was exploring his Japanese roots there, no surprise), to another more Chinese-influenced number. But throughout all that, the synthesizers are quite present and the album is quite electronic. It's too bad this album really gets overlooked. He never even bothered to perform any of this live (his 1980 album In Person Digital only bothers with the Silk Road and Oasis albums), or include any of this stuff on compilations. Great stuff and if you can get a copy, it's really worth it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nice mix of electronica and world music 18 Jan. 2012
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This 1978 release by Kitaro is very relaxing, yet has a bit of an edge to it that I normally associate with 1970s electronica and perhaps some progressive music too.

I liked the blend of analog synthesizers and world music - it all sounds natural and organic. Kitaro also plays bass on the album and there is a nice assortment of drums and percussion instruments that lend an earthy feel to the music. I like the spacey passages the best.

This version of the CD has not been remastered but sounds pretty good. The CD booklet is sparse and cites the musicians and other recording credits.

All in all, this is a nice album that successfully merges the artiness of 1970s electronic with world music. This album is recommended along with Tun Huang (1980).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
close your eyes, sit back and be ready for anything 7 May 2009
By K. Bullock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this is what i call a "geeking out" album...i first heard it when i was 12 and was a competitive athelete...i would meditate to the album before i would compete. there are still songs on here that make me emotional. i should know, 15 years later, it still makes me teary! LOL!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Music 1 Jun. 2012
By R. Steven Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Of course, my wife and I are prejudiced when it comes to Kitaro music. We absolutely love this guy. We had Astral on on old cassette tape. The tape wore out...literally. We were delighted to find a CD on Amazon, and ordered it immediately. The product was as specified. The service was superb.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Kitaro... 26 Jan. 2013
By Phil Keesee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I owned this on cassette tape back in the late 1980's. I wore it out. My favorite Kitaro CD...not as "New Agey" as much of his other work. Spacey, ambient, relaxing, just right. Good one to have in your collection.
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