This album was released in February 2003. The music was originally written for the soundtrack to the long-running Japanese television series Silk Road for NHK. The documentry aired from1976 through 1981 and covered the ancient trading route named Silk Road that linked Europe to China.
It was then a growing international contingent of fans grew quickly to admire Kitaro's soundtrack as a masterpiece for its serene and suductive arrangements. The Silk Road music became a phenomenon that identified this remarkable twenty-three old musician by millions worldwide.
Record track 1 is a previously unreleased version of the Theme From Silk Road, recorded November 2002
Record Tracks 2, 4, 8 and 10 from Silk Road, Silk Road Volume 1, Silk Road Volume 2,and Silk Road Volume 3 (also released as Tunhuang), were all digitally remastered in 1996 on Best of Ten Years.
Record tracks 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9, originally from that era, features the talents by Yu-Xiao Guang performing on the Chinese Huquin (violin) from the 1996 release of Kitaro's World of Music aimed at sophisticated Kitaro fans. Yu-Xiao Guang's inspired playing was prominently featured on Kitaro's Golden Globe Award winning soundtrack for the film Heaven & Earth.
Record track 11 is a peviously unrelesed version, recoded live in live in Xian, China in 2002
For a glimpse into Kitaro's continued inspiration for the Silk Road music in this 21st Century, see
Yakushiji Daylight, Moonlight
In a special event for world peace, Kitaro performed three shows in the holy temple of Yakushiji in Nara, Japan, on three late-summer evening in 2001, beneath a brilliant full moon. The first concert ever presented in the venerable temple. It is also the resting place of the ashes of Genjo Sanzo, the 7th Century Monk who walked the Silk Road from Japan to India and back. It was Genjo who brought from India the sacred texts that introduced Buddhism into China and Japan.
It was Genjo's journey that inspired the Silk Road music recalls Kitaro, "I was hoping to capture in the music his experience along the way. And the passion we expressed in the Yakushiji concert reflected, I believe, the passion of Genjo's journey."
01. Theme From Silk Road
02. Bell Tower
03. Flying Celestial Nymphs
07. Taklamakan Desert
08. Lord of the Wind
11. Pray at Xian/Mercury