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Osamu Kitajima

Osamu Kitajima commenced his long career in the late 1960s, as rhythm guitarist for the eleki ensemble the Launchers, led by his first cousin (and national idoru) Yuzo Kayama. Later, he formed the English psyche-styled Justin Heathcliff and recorded on duo LP with future Far East Family Band leader Fumio Miyashita, before settling into a huge and sustained career recording New Age-styled LPs which - from the few that I've heard - would be unlikely to hold the attention of Japrocksampler readers.

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Discography:
  • JUSTIN HEATHCLIFF (1971)
  • BEZAITEN (1974)
  • MASTERLESS SAMURAI (MCA/Alfa, 1978)
  • Osamu Kitajima - JUSTIN HEATHCLIFFJUSTIN HEATHCLIFF
  • Osamu Kitajima - BEZAITENBEZAITEN
  • Osamu Kitajima - MASTERLESS SAMURAIMASTERLESS SAMURAI

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Posted by choan, Sep 20, 2007
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Benzaiten
Osamu's 1974 solo album is spelled incorrectly, it should be BENZAITEN instead of BEZAITEN.
It's a very good album of "ethnic fusion" without the new age sound of his later albums, and should be of interest to many Japrocksampler readers.
Posted by gojira2012, Mar 26, 2009
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