Casiopea (album)

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Studio album by Casiopea
Released May 25, 1979

Studio "A", Shibaura, Tokyo Japan from December 1978 to March 1979.

Power Station Studio, N.Y. United States on February 10, 1979
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 36:28
Label Alfa Records ALR-6017
Producer Kunihiko Murai, Syoro Kawazoe
Casiopea chronology
Super Flight

Casiopea is the debut album of the jazz fusion group Casiopea which was recorded between 1978-1979 and released later that year. The album showed two racecars racing each other on a raceway.

Recorded between December 1978 and March 1979 in Japan, "Casiopea" is Casiopea's self-titled debut album. The album includes the participation of some notable contemporary jazz players as David Sanborn on the saxophone, giving a special touch to Issei Noro's compositions. Tunes like Black Joke are part of the multiple performances and variances along Casiopea's career.

This album was recorded on LP in 1979 as ALR-6017 and years later in 1986 on CD under the 32XA-104 catalog numbers, being the first editions on both LP and CD.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were written and arranged by Issei Noro except horn arranged by Jun Fukamachi and strings arranged by Hiroki Inui.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Time Limit"   3:07
2. "Tears of the Star"   4:32
3. "Space Road"   5:14
4. "Midnight Rendezvous"   5:20
Total length:
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Far Away"   3:55
2. "Swallow"   4:24
3. "Dream Hill"   5:39
4. "Black Joke"   4:17
Total length:



Issei Noro - Electric guitar (Yamaha SG2000), Acoustic guitar, vocals
Minoru Mukaiya - Fender Rhodes electric piano, Acoustic piano, various synthesizers, Yamaha electone, vibraphone
Tetsuo Sakurai - Bass guitar (Fender Jazz Bass)
Takashi Sasaki - Drums



  • "Tomato" strings


Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog note
Japan May 25, 1979 Alfa Records 30cmLP ALR-6017 stereo
December 21, 1986 12cmCD 32XA-104
March 21, 1992[1] ALCA-271
June 29, 1994[1] ALCA-9001
July 23, 1998[1] ALCA-9196
May 31, 2000[1] Toshiba EMI remastered 12cmCD TOCT-24364 LP paper jacket
December 19, 2001[1] Village Records VRCL-2201 DSD, LP paper jacket
January 17, 2002[1] VRCL-2221 DSD
May 27, 2009[1] Sony Music Direct MHCL-20003 DSD, Blu-spec CD, LP paper jacket


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Yahoo!Music Casiopea CASIOPEA". Yahoo!Music. Yahoo Japan Corporation. Retrieved 2009-07-05.