Osamu KitajimaOsamu

Label:Island Records – ILS-80936
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Jazz, Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style:New Age, Fusion, Jazz-Rock, Smooth Jazz, Prog Rock


A2Frost Flowers5:24
A3Hear The Rain, See It Fall6:03
A4Endless Steps3:52
A5Yesterday And Karma
VocalsMinnie Riperton
B1Purple Hills And Crystal Streams6:11
B2Elemental Spirits5:22
B3Fur, Fin And Feather7:11



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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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Osamu (LP, Album)Island Records, Island RecordsILPS 9426, ILPS-9426Canada1977
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Osamu (LP, Album)AntillesAN-7061US1977
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Osamu (LP, Album)Island RecordsILPS 9426US1977
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Osamu (LP, Album)Island RecordsILS-80936Japan1977
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Osamu (LP, Album, Promo)Island RecordsILS-80936Japan1977



  • hifitommy's avatar
    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.

    • tuckerhusker's avatar
      this should be played at 45rpm, very mathy sounding


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