History[ edit ] The first label to sign them was Alfa Records , which released their album Casiopea. The album Eyes of the Mind was released in the United States in In , Casiopea signed to Polydor. Two years later Jimbo and Sakurai left the band after years of musical differences. They formed the duo Jimsaku. They were replaced by Yoshihiro Naruse bass and Masaaki Hiyama drums.
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The album Eyes of the Mind was released in the United States in In , Casiopea signed to Polydor. Two years later Jimbo and Sakurai left the band after years of musical differences. They formed the duo Jimsaku. They were replaced by Yoshihiro Naruse bass and Masaaki Hiyama drums. Casiopea then signed to Pioneer. In Jimbo returned as a part-time member, recording more albums and writing compositions.
In , the band again signed to Pioneer. Four years later Pioneer changed its name to Geneon Entertainment. On April 20, , it was announced that Casiopea would return with Kiyomi Otaka on keyboards, replacing Minoru Mukaiya, who led his own music production team Mukaiya Club. The song was first recorded for their second album, Super Flight , then re-released on their fourth album, Eyes of the Mind in , and live for Mint Jams in The "Mint Jams" version is a regular favorite, and is often played as an encore number or last number.
With the bridge of the song having long notes, the lead guitarist Issei Noro has a free hand, to pump his fist for the next 1 and a half-measure of the song.
The intro of this song consists often of a Rhythm-Guitar Riff. Then it was performed for Mint Jams in a different arrangement. The Mint Jams version includes a part where each instrument plays a note or chord, then is followed by another in the next 16th Note, usually in this order: Drums, guitar, bass, keyboard. On Mint Jams, this builds up to a technical and relatively long bass solo, followed by a drum solo.
On the Asian Dreamer version from , this break is modified to be played in different chords, times, tempos, etc. The song was recorded again with guitarist Lee Ritenour, pianist Dave Grusin , drummer Harvey Mason and bassist Nathan East for the album 4x4 Four by Four , with both guitarists trading solos, both keyboardists trading solos, and a trade between the bassists and drummers collectively.
This song is known for its Main Theme, which is repeated 4 times but modulated to an upper Minor-3rd each time. This song is usually played at the Early-to-Middle of their Live Concerts.
The Live versions often include a break in which the Guitarist, Keyboardist, and Bassist play the same solo over the Chords from the Intro. Intro and ending of this song includes a lot of 16th-note-triplets in impressive unison phrases, and song to symbolize their technical aspects. Then, the song was re-released on its own album, Eyes of the Mind.
With a backing band composed by keyboardists Chizuko Yoshihiro and Shotoku Sasaji, and bassist Chiharu Mikuzuki, the group released 3 albums, 2 in and one called "Triptych" in Casiopea vs. In , Casiopea, T-Square and Jimsaku played at Tokyo Jam, and in both groups played with some of the players replaced , at the event Casiopea vs. The Square itself. As of September 8, , they have released five studio albums, one live album, and one live DVD.
Sakurai asked the writer of that song, Issei Noro, for permission. After that, Noro and Sakurai went on a domestic club tour as an acoustic guitar duo, called Pegasus.