Best of Silk Road
In 1980, few people knew about the Japanese synthesizer player named Kitaro. He’d released a few albums in Japan, but Silk Road was the album that put Kitaro on the map. Originally recorded as the soundtrack to a Japanese TV series about the trade route between Europe and China, Kitaro subsequently released it as a double LP. This disc contains some of the best themes from that recording as well as some other songs, including 1996’s “Flying Celestial Nymphs” and “Caravansary” featuring Yu-Xiao Guang’s delicately expressive lines performed on a native Chinese violin called the huquin.