Casiopea

Mungkin ada beberapa dari lo yang udah tau band Jazz Fusion dari Jepang ini. Berikut anggota dari band ini yang dikutip dari Wikipedia:

Guitar

  • Issei Noro (1976–2006)
    • The only member of Casiopea that wasn’t replaced.

Keyboards

  • Hidehiko Koike (1976–1977)
    • Played with Casiopea in their first small-time gigs, but left the group (maybe) after Casiopea played in Yamaha’s Music contest, “East/West ’77”. He never played an album with Casiopea, and he never was heard from again until Casiopea’s 20th Anniversary in 1999.
  • Minoru Mukaiya (1977–2006)
    • Though Minoru Mukaiya was the replacement keyboardist of Hidehiko Koike, he is considered Casiopea’s Original Keyboardist, since Koike never recorded an album with Casiopea. Since 1985, Minoru Mukaiya has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ongakukan, a company which was originally for recording equipment, but now makes Videogames (Mostly Train-Simulators). In 1993, A Japanese Macintosh game was released and made by Ongakukan, called “Touch the Music with Casiopea”. Most likely, the sound director and music sequencer was Minoru Mukaiya himself.

Bass

  • Tetsuo Sakurai (1976–1989)
    • Casiopea’s original Bassist. He and Akira Jimbo left in 1989 to form the Drum/Bass duo known as Jimsaku (the name is a combination of both member’s names, as in “Jimbo and Sakurai”. Also, Tetsuo Sakurai is one-half of the Acoustic Guitar and Bass duo, “Pegasus”, alongside guitarist Issei Noro.
  • Yoshihiro Naruse (1990–2006)
    • Known to his fans as “Narucho”, The only Casiopea member to have an established Solo career before joining the band. Naruse was one of the Judges at “East/West ’77”. There’s a story going around that when Casiopea (Noro, Sakurai, Koike and Sasaki) showed up to East/West 1977, Naruse called for an Encore, but the group didn’t have another song to play. On one of his first solo albums, “Bass Bawl”, Naruse featured Casiopea’s Original bassist, Tetsuo Sakurai, on a song called “Captain Chaos”.

Drums

  • Takashi Sasaki (1976–1979)
    • Casiopea’s original drummer. He left the group, because he was used to playing complicated rhythms, and Casiopea’s sound was too smooth for his style.
  • Akira Jimbo (1980–1989, 1997 (Part Time)-2006)
    • Jimbo was Casiopea’s best known drummer. He and Tetsuo Sakurai left the group to perform with “Jimsaku”. He returned in 1997 and stayed almost a decade more as a Casiopea drummer. He is currently the drummer for Issei Noro’s backing band, “Inspirits”.
  • Masaaki Hiyama (1990–1993)
    • Joined the group and replaced Akira Jimbo. He was kicked from the group due to medical problems caused by smoking. Before he could recover, he was replaced by Noriaki Kumagai.
  • Noriaki Kumagai (1993–1997)
    • Replaced Masaaki Hiyama and played as a Casiopea member until 1997, when Akira Jimbo returned to the group.
  • Hiroyuki Noritake (2005–2006)

Ya memang band ini karena sudah saking lamanya berdiri, sehingga sudah berganti anggota berkali-kali. Tetapi leader dari band ini yaitu Issei Noro, hampir banyak lagu dari Casioppea diciptakan oleh Noro. Sayangnya memang band ini sudah tidak terdengar lagi kabarnya, ada yang bilang band ini sudah bubar dan ada juga yang mengatakan kalo band ini “freeze” untuk sementara (rehat). Berikut judul lagu yang sudah diciptakan Casiopea:

* Casiopea (1979)
* Super Flight (1979)
* Thunder Live (1980)
o Drummer Takashi Sasaki leaves the band and is replaced by Akira Jimbo.
* Make Up City (1980)
* Eyes of the Mind (1981)
o Harvey Mason begins to be Casiopea’s 1st Support Member, Producer and Composer, having played a bit on this album.
* Cross Point (1981)
o Though Harvey Mason doesn’t play on this album, he did compose 1 song in it, “Any moment (We’ll be one)”.
* Mint Jams (1982)
o Harvey Mason doesn’t appear on this album at all.
* 4×4 (1982)
o This album has 4 guest Musicians and Casiopea, a band of 4 members, hence the name, 4×4 (Four by Four).
o The other 4 musicians are drummer Harvey Mason, who, for a while, didn’t record with Casiopea after this album was released, bassist Nathan East, guitarist Lee Ritenour and pianist Don Grusin.
o Except for Don Grusin, all these guest musicians would soon form a Smooth Jazz group of their own, called Fourplay.
* Photographs (1983)
* Jive Jive (1983)
* The Soundgraphy (1984)
* Down Upbeat (1984)
* Halle (1985)
* Casiopea Live (1985)
* Sun Sun (1986)
* Casiopea Perfect Live II (1987)
o Yukoh Kusonoki joined the group as a Lead Vocalist.
* Funky Sound Bombers (1987; Japan-Only Release)
* Platinum (1987)
* Euphony (1988)
o Yukoh Kusunoki left the group.
* Casiopea World Live ’88 (1988)
o For the live performances on the Japanese part of their World Tour, Casiopea joined forces with 2 Funk Brass Sections, “Spectrum” (who were famous in Japan from 1978 to their break-up in 1981) and “Top Horn” (who once played a Live Version of Koizumi Kyoko’s “Wink Killer”, which is a Lyricized version of The Square’s 1985 hit, “Omens of Love”).
* The Party (1990)
o Bassist Tetsuo Sakurai is replaced by Yoshihiro Naruse.
o Drummer Akira Jimbo is replaced by Masaaki Hiyama.
o Both Sakurai and Jimbo would later form their own Bass/Drum duo, Jimsaku.
* Full Colors (1991)
* Active (1992)
* We Want More (1992)
* Dramatic (1993)
o Due to Health Problems caused by smoking, drummer Masaaki Hiyama leaves the band and is replaced by Noriaki Kumagai.
o Former percussionist of The Square (hereafter known as T-Square), Kiyohiko Senba, makes an appearance on one of the tracks of this album.
* Answers (1994)
* Hearty Notes (1994)
o This is Casiopea’s first and only Fully Acoustic album.
* Asian Dreamer (1994)
o This is an album that features Casiopea playing new arrangements of their old hits. (Except for the Title track, “Asian Dreamer”, which was the only new track on this album).
* Freshness (1995)
* Flowers (1996)
* Light and Shadows (1997)
o Drummer Noriaki Kumagai leaves the group and is replaced by Support Member Harvey Mason in some recordings, and Former Casiopea Drummer Akira Jimbo in other recordings and live performances.
* Be (1998)
o Harvey Mason left the group again.
* Material (1999)
* 20th (Casiopea’s 20th Anniversary Album) (2000)
* Bitter Sweet (2000)
* Main Gate (2001)
* Inspire (2002)
* Platinum 2 (2002, Indonesia-Only Release)
* Places (2003)
* Marble (2004)
* Casiopea vs. T-Square (2004)
o The first full release from Casiopea to feature more than one Band since 4×4.
o Released as both DVD and CD in 2004, Rereleased as Blu-Ray and SACD as part of the “Legend of Casiopea” box set in 2009.
* GIG 25 (Casiopea’s 25th Anniversary Album) (2005)
* Casiopea and Sync DNA: 5 Stars Live! (2005)
o The first Casiopea live performance to feature both Akira Jimbo and former T-Square drummer Hiroyuki Noritake as Synchronized DNA (shortened to Sync DNA).
* Signal (2005)
o The first Casiopea studio Album to feature Sync DNA.
o The last Casiopea studio album before leader and guitarist Issei Noro decided to put the band on Hiatus (due to having a busy schedule).
* Gentle & Mellow (Best Studio Recordings Compilation Album, 2006)
* Groove & Passion (Best Live Performances Compilation Album, 2006)
* Legend of Casiopea (30th Anniversary Box Set, 2009)

Banyak sekali bukan? Major Label sudah tidak memproduksi album mereka di Indonesia, jadi kebanyakan yang anda temukan ditoko itu hasil import dari luar, jadi harganya juga sangat mahal dan sudah sangat susah untuk dicari, saya sudah pernah coba cari soalnya. Berikut mungkin contoh dari lagu yang dimainkan oleh mereka:

Asayake (lagu tersebut) dapat dibilang lagu “kebangsaan” Casiopea, karena hampir setiap yang tau grup band ini, pasti tau Asayake. Jika lo tertarik untuk mendengar lagu ini lebih banyak, coba search di Kaskus, ada kok yang jual DVDnya dan lengkap pula, tapi pastinya bukan yang Original (ada sih sedikit).

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