Thunder from Down Under

Last updated
Thunder from Down Under
Frank Gambale - 1990 - Thunder from Down Under (alternative).jpg
Japanese and United States edition
Studio album by
Released1990 (1990)
RecordedNovember 1989
StudioStudio Sound in North Hollywood, Los Angeles; Silverlake Sound Studios, Mad Hatter Studios in Los Angeles
Genre Jazz fusion, smooth jazz, [1] instrumental rock
Label Victor
Producer Frank Gambale, Akira Taguchi, Takashi Misu, Ron Moss
Frank Gambale chronology
Thunder from Down Under
Note Worker
Alternative cover
Frank Gambale - 1989 - Thunder from Down Under.jpg
European edition

Thunder from Down Under is the third studio album by guitarist Frank Gambale, released in 1990 through Victor Entertainment [2] and reissued on 24 April 2001 through Samson Records. [3]

Frank Gambale Australian guitarist

Frank Gambale is an Australian jazz fusion guitarist. He has released twenty albums over a period of three decades, and is known for his use of the sweep picking and economy picking techniques.


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]

Alex Henderson at AllMusic gave Thunder from Down Under three stars out of five, listing "Samba di Somewhere", "Humid Beings" and "Mambojambo" as highlights.

AllMusic Online music database

AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web. As of 2015, AllMusic is owned by RhythmOne.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Frank Gambale, except where noted.

1."Humid Being"5:19
2."Faster Than an Arrow" (lyrics: Gambale, Stephanie Bennett)4:37
3."Samba di Somewhere"5:57
5."Obsessed for Life" (lyrics: Gambale, Bennett)4:13
6."Leave Ozone Alone"5:59
7."The Land of Wonder"5:04
8."Obrigado Fukuoka"5:00
10."Forgotten but Not Gone"5:15
12."One Not Two" (lyrics: Gambale, Bennett)1:27
Total length:58:17


Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, ghazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Guitar Fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Keyboard instrument class of musical instrument which is played using a musical keyboard

A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, a row of levers which are pressed by the fingers. The most common of these are the piano, organ, and various electronic keyboards, including synthesizers and digital pianos. Other keyboard instruments include celestas, which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and carillons, which are usually housed in bell towers or belfries of churches or municipal buildings.

Related Research Articles

<i>Flex-Able</i> 1984 studio album by Steve Vai

Flex-Able is an album by Steve Vai. This was his first as a solo artist, and was created in Stucco Blue, a shed converted into a studio in Vai's old back garden. It is very different from many of his other albums, and is largely influenced by Frank Zappa. Flex-Able does not rely as much on massive guitar arrangements and shred moments as the rest of his output from the 1990s onwards, with the exception of Leftovers which is a compilation of bonus tracks and remasters from his sessions at 'Stucco Blue'.

<i>Now</i> (Jessica Andrews album) 2003 studio album by Jessica Andrews

Now is the third studio album by country music singer Jessica Andrews. It was released on April 15, 2003. The single "There's More to Me Than You" served as its lead-off single, reaching Top 20 on the country charts. "Good Time" was also a single, peaking at number 49 on the country charts.

<i>Contact</i> (Pointer Sisters album) 1985 studio album by Pointer Sisters

Contact is the eleventh studio album by the American vocal group The Pointer Sisters, released in 1985 by RCA Records.

<i>Bayleaf</i> (album) 2001 studio album by Stone Gossard

Bayleaf is the first solo studio album by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. It was released on September 11, 2001, on Epic Records.

<i>Wolf Tracks – Best of Los Lobos</i> 2006 greatest hits album by Los Lobos

Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos is the third compilation album by the American rock band Los Lobos, released in 2006 by Rhino Records. It contains twenty tracks originally released between 1983 and 2002, except for the previously unissued album outtake "Border Town Girl".

<i>Jordan Knight</i> (album) 1999 studio album by Jordan Knight

Jordan Knight is the eponymous debut album by New Kids on the Block member Jordan Knight, released in 1999. Knight co-produced eight of the eleven tracks on the album with help from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and a then unknown Robin Thicke. The album sold over 500,000 copies in the US alone and reached #29 on the Billboard 200.

<i>The Road to You</i> 1993 live album by Pat Metheny Group

The Road to You is the second live album by the Pat Metheny Group that won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.

<i>Brave New Guitar</i> 1985 studio album by Frank Gambale

Brave New Guitar is the first studio album by jazz guitarist Frank Gambale.

<i>A Present for the Future</i> 1987 studio album by Frank Gambale

A Present for the Future is the second studio album by guitarist Frank Gambale, released in 1987 through Legato Records and reissued in 2000 through Wombat Records. The third track, "Stephanie", is renamed "Serenity" on the reissue; Harpist Stephanie Bennett was Gambale's ex-wife, and was consistently mentioned in the liner notes of all his albums until Passages (1994).

<i>The Great Explorers</i> 1993 studio album by Frank Gambale

The Great Explorers is the fifth studio album by guitarist Frank Gambale, released in 1993 through Victor Entertainment and reissued on 24 April 2001 through Samson Records.

<i>Note Worker</i> 1991 studio album by Frank Gambale

Note Worker is the fourth studio album by guitarist Frank Gambale, released in 1991 through Victor Entertainment and reissued on 24 April 2001 through Samson Records. The album is Gambale's first release to enter the U.S. Billboard charts, reaching No. 25 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums. It remains the last studio album to feature his own singing.

<i>Passages</i> (Frank Gambale album) 1994 studio album by Frank Gambale

Passages is the sixth studio album by guitarist Frank Gambale, released in 1994 through Victor Entertainment and reissued on 24 April 2001 through Samson Records.

<i>Thinking Out Loud</i> (Frank Gambale album) 1995 studio album by Frank Gambale

Thinking Out Loud is the seventh studio album by guitarist Frank Gambale, released in 1995 through Victor Entertainment and reissued on 24 April 2001 through Samson Records.

<i>Thunder</i> (SMV album) 2008 studio album by SMV

Thunder is the debut studio album by supergroup S.M.V., consisted of bassists Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten. It was released on August 12, 2008 via Heads Up International. Recording sessions took place at Hannibal Studio and Threshold Sound + Vision in Santa Monica, at House of Blues Studios in Encino, at Westlake Studios and Le Gonks West in Los Angeles, at VixMix Studios in Nashville, and at Ryan's Place in Topanga. The entire album was produced by Marcus Miller with co-production by Clarke and Wooten. It features contributions from Antoinette "Butterscotch" Clinton on vocals, George Duke, Ruslan Sirota, Ariel Mann, Chick Corea and Karlton Taylor on keyboards, Ronald Bruner Jr., Poogie Bell, Derico Watson and J. D. Blair on drums, Kevin Ricard on percussion, Michael "Patches" Stewart on trumpet, and Steve Baxter on trombone.

<i>Streamline</i> (Lenny White album) 1978 studio album by Lenny White

Streamline is the fourth studio album by drummer Lenny White, released in 1978 through Elektra Records and reissued in 2002 through Wounded Bird Records. The album reached No. 27 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.

Collection is the fifteenth and debut compilation album by Spyro Gyra, released in 1991. The album cover showed a couple of fairies above a city with flowers.

<i>Headed for the Future</i> 1986 studio album by Neil Diamond

Headed for the Future is the seventeenth studio album released by Neil Diamond in 1986. The album went to number 20 on the Billboard 200 and also heralded a return to the pop charts, when the uptempo, keyboard-heavy title track, "Headed for the Future" reached #53. Another single, "The Story of My Life" narrowly missed the top ten on the adult contemporary charts and has since become one of Neil Diamond's best-known and well-respected songs. Headed for the Future has been certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

<i>Good to Be Back</i> album by Natalie Cole

Good to Be Back is a 1989 album by American singer Natalie Cole. Released on April 19, 1989 by EMI USA, It includes the single "Miss You Like Crazy" which peaked at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary and R&B charts in 1989. It reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming her biggest hit there. Two further singles were released from the album: "The Rest of the Night" and "Starting Over Again".

<i>Raison Dêtre</i> (album) 2004 studio album by Frank Gambale

Raison D'être is an album by jazz guitarist Frank Gambale that was released on April 13, 2004 by Wombat Records.

<i>Fretworx</i> 2008 studio album by Brian Tarquin

Fretworx is the fifth solo studio album by guitarist Brian Tarquin, released in October 2008 on Nu Groove/BHP Music distributed by RED Distribution. All tracks were recorded in New York, at Tarquin's Jungle Room Studios. Now with 18 years of recording experience, he recorded and produced Fretworx on his own terms. Tarquin enlisted top notch players to guest with him on the album, Billy Sheehan appeared on the Jeff Beck remake, Blue Wind, Frank Gambale on Spanish Harlem, Steve Morse on Towers, Max Middleton on Solidarity and Jungle Room Boogie, Chuck Loeb on Yorkville, Hal Lindes on Aphrodite, Randy Coven on 86th Street and Dionysus, Andy Timmons on Manhattan, and Will Ray on Constantinople. The album also featured bonus tracks from Steve Vai & Randy Coven Funk Me Tender, Carlos Santana Jam In E and Tommy Bolin Homeward Strut. The entire album was engineered, produced and composed by Tarquin with the exception of the bonus tracks.


  1. "Thunder From Down Under by Frank Gambale". CD Baby. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
  2. "Discography". Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  3. "Frank Gambale - Thunder From Down Under CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  4. Henderson, Alex. "Thunder from Down Under - Frank Gambale". AllMusic . All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-12-27.