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Osamu Kitajima – Collection (1999-2000) (4CD) [Electronic, New Age, Ethnic]


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Dr. Osamu Kitajima, also known by the pseudonym Justin Heathcliff, is a Japanese musician, producer, composer and multi‑instrumentalist.
Kitajima was already a successful composer of TV and advertising jingles, when a move to the UK in 1971 brought him in to contact with British folk and psychedelic rock. Inspired in particular by The Beatles, Tyrannousaurus Rex and Syd Barrett, he dubbed himself “Justin Heathcliff” (picked for its English-sounding quality) and issued his lone eponymous album. Released only in Japan, the album became highly prized in collector’s circles for its good-natured idiosyncrasy and casual melodicism.
After this album, he dropped the pseudonym and in 1974 released his debut album, Benzaiten (Island Records) under his own name. This instrumental electronic music album was melodically rich and can be defined as a mix of progressive rock and traditional Japanese music. The album also featured Haruomi Hosono and it utilized various electronic equipment such as a synthesizer, rhythm machine, electronic drums, electric guitars, and electric bass.
In 1991, Kitajima released his critically acclaimed album “Behind The Light” in the USA (Higher Octave Music), again under his own name. In it, he blended elements of New Age and traditional Japanese music, e.g. he used the sounds of koto and shakuhachi.
Wishing to explore the expanding world of dance and electronica music, Kitajima began his collaboration with instrumentalist/composer/producer Chris Mancinelli. During the early 1990s the production team initiated a partnership by producing and arranging the albums of many artists in the Asian markets for Warner Bros, Sony Music, Toshiba-EMI, and Pony Canyon Records. These included remixes for the Warner Bros. release of Mari Henmi’s “Mon Cheri Mari” and a highly revered re-mix of the all-time classic song “Sukiyaki” by Japanese legend Kyu Sakamoto for Sony Music. These collaborations lead to a record deal with the Virgin/CyberOctave label and the ground breaking release of “Beyond the Circle.” The guys also found time to create the underground smash Fabulous Breaker Boys techno/surf release which was a #1 seller on the now infamous Napster and websites. Following this was a project recorded for Miles Copeland’s Ark21/mondorhythmica label entitled “Two Bridges Crossing.” This music was also featured on the label’s acclaimed compilation series “Zen and the Art of Chilling”. Copeland shuttered the record label but the project was later released independently.
Justin Heathcliff began to receive even wider interest in the West when the track “You Know What I Mean” was featured on the Asian volume of the Love, Peace & Poetry compilation series in 1999, and has since been reissued on CD. After releasing the album, Kitajima has continued to work under his own name. Now associated more closely with New Age music than pop, he currently resides and works in Los Angeles. (Wikipedia)

Osamu Kitajima - Collection (1999-2000) (4CD) [Electronic, New Age, Ethnic]
Osamu Kitajima – Collection (1999-2000) (4CD) [Electronic, New Age, Ethnic]
Osamu Kitajima - Collection (1999-2000) (4CD) [Electronic, New Age, Ethnic]
Osamu Kitajima – Collection (1999-2000) (4CD) [Electronic, New Age, Ethnic]

Osamu Kitajima – Behind The Light (1991) [FLAC]
01 – Behind The Light
02 – Yesterday’s Child
03 – Mystic Whisk
04 – The Three Orders
05 – Wings Of Knowledge
06 – Small Wonder
07 – Forbidden Green

Osamu Kitajima – Beyond The Circle (1996) [FLAC]
01 Beyond The Circle 5:15
02 Mind Thieves 4:43
03 Darkness Desired 5:14
04 Blue Fire 5:23
05 Evening Privilege 5:11
06 The Bush Warbler 6:04
07 Fading Sky 3:48
08 Bonito Moxie 5:01
09 Goldfish Lingo 4:43
10 Distant Episode 5:02

Osamu Kitajima – Into The Blue Moon (1999) [APE]
01. Another Paradise [3:55]
02. Fairy Tale Under The Starry Sky [6:03]
03. Boiling Space [4:46]
04. Desired Flight [5:01]
05. Transparent Heart [4:43]
06. Into The Blue Moon [7:45]
07. Wish Of Deities [5:55]
08. Light And Shadow [4:14]
09. Forest Fantasia [3:32]
10. Drift Off Course [7:11]

Osamu Kitajima & Chris Mancinelli – Christmas Through The Gateway (2000) [FLAC]
01. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy 04:46
02. Angels We Have Heard on High 04:41
03. We Three Kings of Orient Are 04:40
04. Deck the Halls 05:06
05. O Come All Ye Faithful 04:54
06. O Little Town of Bethlehem 03:52
07. Good King Wenceslas 04:12
08. Silent Night 04:52




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