Osamu Kitajima ‎– Osamu

Island Records ‎– ILS-80936
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Sui-In 1:03
A2 Frost Flowers 5:24
A3 Hear The Rain, See It Fall 6:03
A4 Endless Steps 3:52
A5 Yesterday And Karma
Vocals – Minnie Riperton
B1 Purple Hills And Crystal Streams 6:11
B2 Elemental Spirits 5:22
B3 Fur, Fin And Feather 7:11
B4 Sui-Yo 1:30



While there are distinct tracks on this album the music on each side is continuous.

Recorded and mixed at Paramount Studios L.A., CA., Feb. 3-Mar.28, 1977
Mastered at Randum Recorders, Burbank, CA. April, 1977

Ms. Ripperton appears courtesy of Epic Records

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ILS-80936 Osamu Kitajima Osamu(LP, Album, TP) Island Records ILS-80936 US 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9426, ILPS-9426 Osamu Kitajima Osamu(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9426, ILPS-9426 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
ILS-80936 Osamu Kitajima Osamu(LP, Album) Island Records ILS-80936 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9426 Osamu Kitajima Osamu(LP, Album, San) Island Records ILPS 9426 US 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9426 Osamu Kitajima Osamu(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9426 US 1977 Sell This Version


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February 19, 2018
This is the best of Osamu's output. The performance by Minnie Riperton ranks as one of the greatest female vocalizations i have heard. she used her FIVE OCTAVE range in its uppermost registers to perfectly portray the effect that Osamu envisioned. truly a masterwork on everybody's parts.

the rest of the album is top notch with real stereo recordings of such things as a campfire with bursting embers, a two cycle motorcycle revving its engine over and behind rolling hills and a babbling brook that occupies actual space in a location that you would expect.

the Japanese pressing is the best but owning any clean copy should be the goal of any music lover that appreciates the genre that seems to be its own-Japanese Fusion. the instrumentation and expression exhibited here command attention and could cause the initiation of the unique genre that i have given a name.

I would hope that Osamu-san would continue this direction that he started with the release of Benziaten and continued through to another disc that i have of his: Epitome. They would all benefit from release on hi-rez, high quality vinyl re-releases utilizing the 45rpm/2 disc method that brings out the vividness and verisimillitude hidden in the master tapes and allowed escape via LP playback.

There is a movement going on right now that some audio enthusiasts (with big budgets) are using and that is open reel tape releases in two track, half track, 15 IPS format. this would be a good candidate for this format.



December 8, 2015
this should be played at 45rpm, very mathy sounding