Osamu Kitajima ‎– The Source

FM (3) ‎– BFM 42239
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A Heavensent
Harp – Dorothy AshbyPiano [Acoustic] – Victor Feldman
B1 Thru Cosmic Doors
Koto – Osamu KitajimaSynthesizer, Arranged By [Synthesizer Strings] – Joe Curiale
B2 Eye To I
Electric Guitar – Masayuki Suzuki

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Recorded at Red Wing Sound, Tarzana, California.
Mixed at Skyline Recording, Topanga, California.

"To the family of Dorothy Ashby [Harp] our profound condolences regarding her sudden passing. We will always remember Dorothy's special talent and enjoyable times we spent creating music."

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7464-42239-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): DAL 42239
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): DBL 42239
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 1): DAL 42239-1A D G1 A12
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 1): DBL 42239-1A E G1 B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 2): DAL 42239-1A D G1 A6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 2): DBL 42239-1A B G1 A3

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
K28P 431 Osamu Kitajima The Source(LP, Album, Promo) Electric Bird K28P 431 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
225.162 Osamu Kitajima The Source(LP, Album) Discos CBS 225.162 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
28 3H-248 Osamu Kitajima The Source(LP, Album, Promo) Epic/Sony Inc. 28 3H-248 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
MK 42239 Osamu Kitajima The Source(CD, Album, RP) CBS MK 42239 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CDEPC 26627 Osamu Kitajima The Source(CD, Album) Epic CDEPC 26627 Europe 1986 Sell This Version


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August 21, 2020
A wonderful album that I became aware of due to new age radio stations! I bought this album and loved it right away. Beautifully recorded and all of the players are in top form. More people should hear this album.


March 2, 2020
really nice listening album very rich and intricate sounds well done sound mixing and engineering.


September 2, 2019

Promotional copy, disc in very good condition, sleeve shows some shelf wear.


December 27, 2018
Must have the been the 80s when new age radio was all the rage and thank the cosmos for introducing us culturally inept youngster's here in the US to music that connected the east and west. Previously mainstream radio in the 80s and beyond played zero/nil world influenced music!
The Source is a beautiful album with very lengthy tracks that comes across more as a concept album that a few loosely conjured up compositions.
What does the listener receive for their open mind and a slice of precious time?
A wonderfully accomplished album that combines trad. Japanese instruments such as the koto(a stringed instrument Osamu had been featuring since the 1970s), shakahuchi(the real deal not a sample), harp, lyricon(wind driven synthesizer and very expressive) and sundry support keyboards.
This for 1985 was VERY technologically infused without the entire album becoming a pretentious advertisement for a synthesizer manufacturer. The music is low key almost meditative always flowing like a stream but never roaring like the Pacific ocean. The musicians here are allowed plenty of space to feature their own musical gifts to the listeners and drawing mainly on Asian scales pentatonic etc. with the end result a journey thru the mists of Japanese highlands and beyond thru the ancient temples of solace and reflection. Osamu is known for his previous much more progressive rock and later soul-ish tinged music infused with koto but this was a slow musical braking to delve deeper into the more spiritual roots of Buddhist influenced instrumental music. Btw there are NO vocals, drums, drum machines or heavy electric guitar instrumentation so prepare your ears for a very relaxed and deeply moving listening experience!