Thunder Live

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Thunder Live
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ReleasedApril 21, 1980
RecordedFebruary 8 & 9, 1980
VenueABC Hall, Shiba, Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg
Genre Jazz fusion
Label Alfa Records
Producer Shunsuke Miyazumi, Shinji Sawada
Casiopea chronology
Super Flight
Thunder Live
Make Up City

Thunder Live is the third and first live album released by the jazz fusion group Casiopea in 1980 (see 1980 in music). This album marked the first appearance of drummer Akira Jimbo, who replaced Takashi Sasaki that same year. [1]

Jazz fusion music genre

Jazz fusion is a music genre that developed in the late 1960s when musicians combined jazz harmony and improvisation with rock music, funk, and rhythm and blues. Electric guitars, amplifiers, and keyboards that were popular in rock and roll started to be used by jazz musicians, particularly those who had grown up listening to rock and roll.

Casiopea, also known as Casiopea 3rd, is a Japanese jazz fusion band formed in 1976 by guitarist Issei Noro, bassist Tetsuo Sakurai, and keyboardist Hidehiko Koike. In 1977, keyboardist Minoru Mukaiya and drummer Takashi Sasaki joined, leaving out Hidehiko. They recorded their debut album Casiopea (1979) with guest appearances by American jazz musicians Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, and David Sanborn. In 1980, Sasaki was replaced by Akira Jimbo. Casiopea has released over 30 albums in Japan and around the world.

1980 in music Overview of the events of 1980 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1980.


Track listing

All tunes arranged by Issei Noro.

Side A
1."Space Road" Issei Noro 6:38
2."Sailing Alone" Tetsuo Sakurai 7:53
3."I'm Sorry" Issei Noro 5:09
Total length:19:40
Side B
1."Have a Nice Dream" Issei Noro 6:30
2."Black Joke" Issei Noro 9:07
3."Midnight Rendezvous" Issei Noro 6:34
Total length:22:11



Issei Noro - Electric guitar (Yamaha SG-2000)
Minoru Mukaiya - Keyboards (Yamaha CP-80 and CS-40M, Fender Rhodes Piano, Korg 800DV and PS-3200, Roland VP-330 and ProMars)
Tetsuo Sakurai - Bass (Fender Electric Bass, Yamaha BB-2000)
Akira Jimbo - Drums (Yamaha YD-9000R)


Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Audio engineer engineer who operates recording, mixing, sound reproduction equipment

An audio engineer helps to produce a recording or a live performance, balancing and adjusting sound sources using equalization and audio effects, mixing, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound. Audio engineers work on the "...technical aspect of recording—the placing of microphones, pre-amp knobs, the setting of levels. The physical recording of any project is done by an engineer ... the nuts and bolts." It's a creative hobby and profession where musical instruments and technology are used to produce sound for film, radio, television, music, and video games. Audio engineers also set up, sound check and do live sound mixing using a mixing console and a sound reinforcement system for music concerts, theatre, sports games and corporate events.

A mixing engineer is a person responsible for combining ("mixing") the different sonic elements of a piece of recorded music into a final version of a song. They mix the elements of a recorded piece together to achieve a good balance of volume, while at the same time deciding other properties such as pan positioning, effects, and so on.

Release history

Japan April 21, 1980 Alfa Records 30cmLP ALR-6037 stereo
Compact Cassette ALR-6037
December 21, 1986 12cmCD 32XA-106
March 21, 1992ALCA-273
June 29, 1994ALCA-9003
July 23, 1998ALCA-9198
December 19, 2001 Village Records remastered 12cmCD VRCL-2203 DSD, LP paper jacket
January 17, 2002VRCL-2223 DSD
May 27, 2009 Sony Music Direct MHCL-20005 DSD, Blu-spec CD, LP paper jacket
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