Saturday, April 01, 2006

Osamu Kitajima - "Masterless Samurai" [1978] @320 (Excellent Prog-Japanese Crossover)

Masterless Samurai is probably the best effort by Osamu Kitajima, a japanese multi instrumentalist better known in the West for his later New Age albums.
In Masterless Samurai, Kitajima combines traditional Instruments of Japan (Koto, Sakuhashi, Sho) with a western jazz-rock ensemble thus obtaining excellent results. The album is immersed in the serenity and poetics of the Samurai, but it also expresses a brilliant and explosive vitality, in rythms, epic moments like the sonic background of multicolored swordsmen spinning and fighting around their destiny.
Masterless Samurai can also be seen as a concept album inspired by the traditional story of the Ronin,(17 samurais that had lost their master in the hands of a traitor and whose only purpose was to recover their dignity to be able to die with honor). I have never tired of listening to this album. I recommend it to those who like prog and fusion with exotic touches. An excellent and very much forgotten work.

Keep Listening!!!

http://rapidshare.de/files/16962896/Osamu_Kitajima-Masterless_Samurai.part1.rar.html

http://rapidshare.de/files/16973212/Osamu_Kitajima-Masterless_Samurai.part2.rar.html

13 comments:

saatuk said...

Thanks for the Osamu. I've only got this one on LP and haven't played it for a couple of years. FWIW I prefer his self-titled by a small margin.

One Hand Clapping said...

It's about time I Thank You for this one! I couldn't remember where I got it from.
Real nice, and Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I would say his best is, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Benzaiten from a few years earlier. Masterless samurai - which I thank you for posting here - has some of the elements that made Benzaiten so incredible, but it's watered down here with more commercial funky fusion stylings that for me make it a large disappointment in comparison. Still enough good stuff to make it worthwhile, but Benzaiten is hard to top and this doesn't quite cut it as a whole album, I think.

avva said...

Hi, I am very interested in Osamu's early albums. Could you reload this one? The link is dead.

And any chance to post Benzaiten? I was really impressed even by the single track I found on the Net. Tnaks.

Anonymous said...

I would also like to see this re-uploaded. I just discovered your blog and nobody else has this one. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Please re-upload this album again OK?!I have already found it for many years! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Please re-up..this is the only place i have seen it..Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Please post new link, it is dead!

Anonymous said...

I've got find it

http://sharebee.com/5b089f77

Anonymous said...

Here is address

http://sharebee.com/5b089f77

Anonymous said...

Any change for re-upload?

Anonymous said...

no luck with "Masterless Samurai"

BUT

the amazing "Benzaiten" can be found at:

https://rs69l32.rapidshare.com/#!download|69l32|14817755|osamu_kitajima-_benzaiten.rar|71931

Maximiliano Moya said...

Re up

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