The Light of the Spirit is one of Kitaro's best CDs. Perhaps it is because Mickey Hart co-produced, or perhaps Kitaro asked Hart to co-produce because it is so good. It doesn't really matter if either of those is the reason; this is just an awesome CD. Kitaro's specialty has always been the symphonic synth and this is no exception. He augments that synth with several guest musicians on a variety of ambient instruments. This is truly ambient music, albeit on the new age side of that style. The vocal accompaniment by Lynn Ray and Jeannie Tracy counts as instrumental as well. The sound design treats the wordless vocals as an extra sound to incorporate. David Jenkins contributes a smoking electric guitar that gives this rock & roll textures as well. This disc stands proudly with work by Constance Demby, Vangelis, Suzanne Ciani, and Dean Evenson as some of the best adult contemporary instrumental new age music.
Performance CreditsKitaro Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Percussion,Spatialization
Jeanie Tracy Vocals
Hiroshi Araki Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Bobby Black Pedal Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
David Grisman Mandolin
Zakir Hussain Percussion
Tomoyuki Hayashi Keyboards
David Jenkins Electric Guitar
Jose Lorenzo Percussion
John Meyer Flute
Lynn Ray Vocals
Jeff Sterling Synthesizer
Norihiro Tsuru Violin
Bobby Vega Electric Bass
Technical CreditsKitaro Arranger,Producer
Mickey Hart Special Effects,Producer
Tom Flye Engineer,Engineering
Jeff Sterling Programming,Operation
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The Light of the Spirit based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This will be my first effort at giving a review of something but I just love this tape.A cassette of The Light of the Spirit came into my hands quite by accident and at a time when my life needed the power of the drums in my two favorite pieces: Sundance and Moondance. Wonderful music on the whole tape that feels truly inspired and does just that for the listener. Great for road trips. I've played my copy so much that it snapped and I need to get a replacement before I go into withdrawal!