JAM Project

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JAM Project
JAM Project 20081031 Chibi Japan Expo 011.jpg
JAM Project at Chibi Japan Expo in Paris, 2008
Background information
Genres Anison, VGM, rock, metal, pop
Years active 2000–present
Labels Lantis
Website http://www.jamjamsite.com/
Members Ichirou Mizuki
Hironobu Kageyama
Masaaki Endoh
Hiroshi Kitadani
Masami Okui
Yoshiki Fukuyama
Ricardo Cruz
Past members Eizo Sakamoto
Rica Matsumoto

JAM Project ("JAM" standing for "Japan Animationsong Makers") is an anime music (or anison) supergroup based in Japan, originally founded on July 19, 2000 by famous 1970s theme song artist Ichirou Mizuki. The group is composed of many vocal artists well known in the industry; aside from the many anime, tokusatsu, and video game theme songs that this group has performed together, each member is famous for his or her own solo performances of Japanese theme songs.[1]

In the summer of 2012, they teamed up with Animetal USA for a limited national concert tour called the Japan-America Anison Summit (日米アニソンサミット Nichi-Bei Anison Samitto?).[2]

Members[edit]

Fukuyama, Okui, and Kitadani of JAM Project answering questions from American fans at Otakon 2008

Regular members[edit]

Semi-regular members[edit]

  • Ichirou Mizuki – founding member; formally reduced his status to "part-time member" in August 2002, following the group's second live concert
  • Ricardo Cruz – additional vocalist from Brazil; heard on the songs "Neppu! Shippu! Cybaster" (2005 version), "Gong", "Stormbringer", "Rescue Fire", "The Guardian", "Transformers Evo.", "Sempre Sonhando", and "Waga na wa Garo".

Former members[edit]

  • Eizo Sakamoto – founding member; stopped activity with the group in March 2003 prior to Fukuyama and Okui's joining, referring to it as "Graduation" (卒業 Sotsugyō?)
  • Rica Matsumoto – founding member; announced on April 7, 2008, that she was taking time off from the band to focus on her solo work, since becoming an indefinite hiatus

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
JPN
Oricon
JPN
Billboard
JPN
RIAJ
"Kaze ni Nare" (疾風になれ?, "The Wind Blows"; feat. Rica Matsumoto & Hironobu Kageyama) July 26, 2000 BEST PROJECT
"Danger Zone" (Eizo Sakamoto & Masaaki Endoh) November 22, 2000
"STORM" (feat. Ichirou Mizuki & Hironobu Kageyama) December 21, 2000
"SOULTAKER" April 21, 2001
"Hagane no Messiah" (鋼の救世主(メシア) Hagane no Meshia?, "Steel Messiah") April 25, 2001 75
"FIRE WARS" (feat. Hironobu Kageyama) September 29, 2001
"CRUSH GEAR FIGHT!" October 30, 2001
"Over the Top!" (feat. Eizo Sakamoto & Masaaki Endoh & Hironobu Kageyama) October 30, 2001
"LADY FIGHTER!" (feat. Rica Matsumoto) November 29, 2001
"Kaze no EAGLE" (風のEAGLE Kaze no Īguru?, "Wind Eagle"; feat. Hironobu Kageyama) April 3, 2002
"GO!" April 24, 2002 72 FREEDOM
"GET UP CRUSH FIGHTER!" (feat. Hironobu Kageyama & Rica Matsumoto & Eizo Sakamoto & Masaaki Endoh) July 24, 2002
"Nageki no Rosario" (嘆きのロザリオ Nageki no Rozario?, "Grief Rosary") October 23, 2002 58
"Go! Go! Rescue" (Go!Go!レスキュー Gō! Gō! Resukyū?, feat. Hiroshi Kitadani & Masaaki Endoh & Rica Matsumoto) February 26, 2003 120
"Little Wing/In The Chaos" (feat. Masami Okui) April 23, 2003 45 7,778
"SKILL" April 23, 2003 25
"The Gate of the Hell" (feat. Yoshiki Fukuyama) August 6, 2003 88
"Destination" (feat. Rica Matsumoto) September 26, 2003 84 JAM-ISM
"Kurenai no Kiba" (紅ノ牙?, "Crimson Fang") January 21, 2004 37 12,089
"VICTORY" April 21, 2004 38 8,912
"DRAGON" April 21, 2004 64 4,068
"VOYAGER" May 26, 2004 88 3,253
"Genkai Battle" (限界バトル Genkai Batoru?, "Battle Limit") November 26, 2004 115 2,251
"Asu e no Hōkō" (未来への咆哮?, "Roar of the Future") January 25, 2006 Olympia
"Meikyū no Prisoner" (迷宮のプリズナー Meikyū no Purizunā?, "Labyrinth Prisoner") June 22, 2005 68 7,092
"GONG" August 3, 2005 22 16,250
"GARO ~SAVIOR IN THE DARK~" (牙狼~SAVIOR IN THE DARK~?) January 25, 2006 41 6,983
"Break Out" November 1, 2006 24 12,243 BIG BANG
"RISING FORCE" February 21, 2007 40 6,441
"STORMBRINGER" April 25, 2007 71 2,553
"Divine love" (feat. Hiroshi Kitadani) April 25, 2007 74 2,336
"DRAGON STORM 2007" August 8, 2007
"ROCKS" August 8, 2007 36 6,675 Get over the border
"No Border" January 23, 2008
January 25, 2009 (English Ver.)
44 4,032
"Crest of "Z's"" September 26, 2008 40 4,703 SEVENTH EXPLOSION
"Hello Darwin! ~Kōkishin on Demand~" (ハローダーウィン!~好奇心オンデマンド~ Harō Dāwin! ~Kōkishin on Demando~?, "Hello Darwin! ~Curiosity on Demand~") October 22, 2008 76 2,177
"Space Roller Coster GO GO!" (feat. NICE GIRL μ) March 4, 2009 115 766
"Rescue Fire" (レスキューファイアー Resukyū Faiā?) May 27, 2009 62 3,713
"Shugoshin-The Guardian" (守護神-The guardian?) August 5, 2009 45 4,384
"Battle No Limit!" October 7, 2009 56 1,680
"Bōken Ō ~Across the legendary kingdom~" (冒険王 ~Across the legendary kingdom~ Bōken Ō ~Across the legendary kingdom~?, "Adventure King ~Across the Legendary Kingdom~") October 28, 2009 18 4,867 GOING
"Baku-chin Kan-ryo! Rescue Fire" (爆鎮完了!レスキューファイアー Bakuchin Kanryō! Resukyū Faiā?, "Explosive Extinguishing Complete! Rescue Fire") November 11, 2009 63 1,578
"TRANSFORMERS EVO." April 21, 2010 47 3,337
"MAXON" October 27, 2010 36 5,105
"Vanguard" February 23, 2011 53 3,259
"NOAH" April 27, 2011 40 3,283 THE MONSTERS
"Believe In My Existence" October 5, 2011 19 8,502
"Waga Na wa Garo" (我が名は牙狼?, "My Name Is Garo") January 25, 2012 22 6,481
"Limit Break" April 25, 2012 42 3,826
"Hagane no Resistance" (鋼のレジスタンス Hagane no Rejisutansu?, "Steel Resistance") May 23, 2012 41 4,277
"Wings of the legend" December 5, 2012 TBA
"Yume Sketch" (夢スケッチ Yume Suketchi?, "Dream Sketch") January 30, 2013
"R.I.P ~Tomo yo Shizuka ni Nemure~" (R.I.P~友よ静かに眠れ~?, "R.I.P ~Sleep Quietly My Friend~") July 10, 2013
"Isshokusokuhatsu ~Trigger of Crisis~" (一触即発 ~Trigger of Crisis~?, "Critical Situation ~Trigger of Crisis~") July 24, 2013
"Rebellion ~Hangyaku no senshi-tachi~" (Rebellion〜反逆の戦士達〜?, "Rebellion ~Warriors of the Rebellion~") April 30, 2014
Breakthrough April 30, 2014
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Studio Albums[edit]

  1. BEST Project ~JAM Project Best Collection~
    Released on March 6, 2002
  2. FREEDOM ~JAM Project Best Collection II~
    Released on September 3, 2003
  3. JAM-ISM ~JAM Project Best Collection III~
    Released on September 23, 2004
  4. Olympia ~JAM Project Best Collection IV~
    Released on April 5, 2006
  5. Big Bang ~JAM Project Best Collection V~
    Released on July 4, 2007
  6. Get over the Border ~JAM Project Best Collection VI~
    Released on August 6, 2008
  7. Seventh Explosion ~JAM Project Best Collection VII~
    Released on November 25, 2009
  8. GOING ~JAM Project Best Collection VIII~
    Released on May 11, 2011
  9. THE MONSTERS ~JAM Project Best Collection IX~
    Released on November 14, 2012
  10. JAM Project Best Collection X
    To be released on July 2, 2014

Original Studio Albums[edit]

  1. JAM FIRST PROCESS
    Released on March 21, 2002
  2. MAXIMIZER ~Decade of Evolution~
    Released on June 9, 2010
    JAM Project's second original album, as announced on their website, tied in with their 2010 world tour.
  3. Victoria Cross
    Symphonic arrangement album
    Originally set to be released on March 23, 2011; postponed to April 6, 2011, due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
  4. THUMB RISE AGAIN
    Released on October 23, 2013, tied in with their 2013-2014 live tour of the same name. Recorded in Los Angeles, with over 70 musicians participating.

Live DVD Releases[edit]

  1. JAM Project 3rd LIVE Shinkan ~Return To The Chaos~
    Released on January 1, 2004
  2. JAM Project 4th LIVE VICTORY ~a once in a lifetime chance~
    Released on February 23, 2005
  3. JAM Project 5th Anniversary LIVE ~KING GONG~
    Released on April 5, 2006
  4. JAM Project JAPAN CIRCUIT 2007 ~Break Out~
    Released on July 4, 2007. Ricardo Cruz appeared as part of JAM Project for the first time.
  5. JAM Project JAPAN FLIGHT 2008 ~No Border~
    Released on August 6, 2008. This tour was Rica Matsumoto's last live appearance with JAM Project.
  6. JAM Project Hurricane Tour ~Gate of the Future~
    Released on September 25, 2009
  7. JAM Project LIVE 2010 Maximizer ~Decade of Evolution~
    Released on January 26, 2010.
  8. JAM Project Symphonic Concert 2011
    Released on October 22, 2011. The set featured solos for each member as well as a symphonic arrangement of the main theme of Karei-naru Ichizoku.
  9. JAM Project LIVE 2011-2012 Go! Go! GOING!! ~Fumetsu no ZIPANG~
    Released on August 1, 2012. On overseas legs outside Japan, the tour was titled "Arigato Tomodachi".
  10. JAM Project Premium LIVE 2013 ~THE MONSTER'S PARTY~
    Released on July 24, 2013. JAM Project introduced an alter ego band called "The Monsters".

Other[edit]

  • Super Robot Wars Alpha ORIGINAL STORY D-2
    • "Neppū! Shippū! Cybaster EDGEWIRED version" (featuring Eizo Sakamoto and Masaaki Endoh)
    • Released on May 23, 2001 (game soundtrack)
  • Emblem (エンブレム Enburemu?) mini-album
    Released on March 8, 2006
    TV anime Yomigaeru Sora - Rescue Wings ending theme, insert & image song collection
  • Muv-Luv Alternative Vocal Cancels "Name"
    Released on December 26, 2007
    • Contains JAM Project's "Name ~Kimi no Na wa~" (Name~君の名は~ "Name ~Your Name is~"?)
  • Lucky Star Re-Mix002 ~Lucky Star no Kiwami, Ahh Shiteyanyo~
    Released on December 26, 2007
    • Contain's JAM Project's cover of "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" titled "JAM ga Mottetta! Sailor Fuku" (JAMがもってった!セーラーふく JAM ga Mottetta! Sērāfuku?, "JAM is With Them! Sailor Fuku")
  • JAM PROJECT World Flight 2008 Best Selection (2008 exclusive world tour best album)
  • SUPER ROBOT WARS JAM Project SONGS
    Released on December 25, 2008
  • "Kanjite Knight" (感じてKnight Kanjite Naito?, "Emotion Knight") by ULTIMATE LAZY for MAZINGER
    Released on April 22, 2009
    TV Animation Shin Mazinger Shōgeki! Z-Hen opening theme
    Based on LAZY's old song. Kanjite Knight is revived by LAZY and performed along with Tamio Okuda, Kazuyoshi Saito and JAM Project under the group name "ULTIMATE LAZY for MAZINGER".
  • Nico Nico Douga Selection ~Sainō no Mudazukai~ (ニコニコ動画せれくちょん~才能の無駄遣い~ Nikoniko Dōga Serekuchon ~Sainō no Mudazukai~?, Nico Nico Douga Selection: A Waste of Talent)
    Released on July 1, 2009
    Contains JAM Project's Version of "Omoide wa Okkusenman!"
  • Gundam Tribute from Lantis (ガンダムトリビュート from Lantis Gandamu Toribyūto from Lantis?)
    Released on December 9, 2009
    Contains JAM Project's Version of "Ai Senshi"
  • JAM Project 10th Anniversary Complete BOX
    Released on December 22, 2010
    The 10th anniversary box set release from JAM Project featuring 7 greatest hits albums; a bonus CD containing English, Portuguese, and Chinese versions of several of their songs in addition to any songs they recorded or performed that were not included on any of their other singles and albums; and 4 DVDs featuring all the music videos they created and footage of their live performance, including a reunion concert with Ichiro Mizuki, Ricardo Cruz, and Eizo Sakamoto. It also includes a 200-page JAM Project history book.
  • "Super Robot Wars x JAM Project OPENING THEME COLLECTION ALBUM MAX THE POWER" (スーパーロボット大戦×JAM Project OPENING THEME COLLECTION ALBUM MAX THE POWER Sūpā Robotto Taisen x JAM Project OPENING THEME COLLECTION ALBUM MAX THE POWER?)
    Released on December 26, 2012
  • GARO Golden Songbook Soul of Garo (牙狼 黄金歌集 牙狼魂 GARO Kogane Kashū Kibaōkami Tamashī?)
    Released September 25, 2013. Contains JAM Project's various songs used as themes in GARO productions.

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