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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Flower Travellin' Band "From Pussies To Death In 10.000 Years Of Freakout 1969-1970" 1997 Japan Psych Rock (bootleg) ~


Flower Travellin' Band "From Pussies To Death In 10.000 Years Of Freakout 1969-1970" 1997 Japan Psych Rock (bootleg)

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I've been a big fan of this band from their early days. When I heard one of my fellow DJ's at the radio station playing something by them I'd never heard before, I flipped - and then went nearly out of my mind trying to locate another copy of this rare boot. Of course, there are no liner notes, or any info other than track titles included with this. Recording dates span 1969~70, straddling the date they changed their name from The Flowers, to The Flower Travellin' Band. Traks B2~4 are possibly all from their Flower days, while the side-and-a-half long "I'm Dead" is possibly live, and most likely 1970 FTB. It is far from consistent over it's length, but overall outstanding. This is a prog hard rock lovers dream, and worth seeking out by fans of the band and genre. ....tymeshifter ....~



A bootleg of material recorded between 1969-70– some of it comes from their original incarnation as Yuya Uchida & the Flowers. At that point, they were a mostly covers-oriented band obviously enamored of the “West Coast” sound of Big Brother & the Holding Company and the Airplane. From that era, Hendrix’s “Stone Free” is featured here– a rather pedestrian version raised to loftier heights by them “Engrish” vocals we all know and love. I’m gonna take an edumacated guess that their lift of Zep’s arrangement of “How Many More Times” likely dates from only a short time later as it includes the Janis-like backing vox of Remi Aso– the chanteuse who appeared on the 1969 Flowers’ LP, “Challenge.” Interesting from a completist’s point of view, but it is thee later-period tracks that unleash thee Motherlode. 

“I’m Dead” — spread over all of side one and part of side two, is twenty-seven minutes of acid-damaged, ear-bleedin’ guitar-maulin’ courtesy of Hideki Ishima– very possibly one of the all-time high-water marks in recorded history— and that ain’t hyperbole. This is a signature riffathon on par with “Maggot Brain” or “Beck’s Bolero.” Beginning with some chillingly splashy high-hats, a sparse, foreboding theme is introduced by Ishima’s axe that he methodically molds by adding slight variations with lightly-picked harmonics and tonal colors until the rumble of Jun Kozuki’s bass arrives approximately seven minutes in. It is then that Ishima begins adding acrobatic runs and manipulated feedback– sculpting mini-anthems, each of which he lingers on for a few moments before shifting into the next gear. For thee Grande Finale, he switches over to bottleneck, coaxing inhuman shrieks and squeals from mere wood and steel that ultimately climaxes with his ascent to nigh-unbearable upper-registers… a true tour de force! The remaining cut, “Otoko,” is a bluesy instrumental that swings like a pair o’ rhinoceros balls– in fact, it brings to mind a condensed “Fillmore East”-era Allmans jam with another dose of searing slide guitar and rapid-fire bass licks.....by....TheePope .....~







Tracklist 

A I'm Dead Part One
B1 I'm Dead Part Two
B2 Otoko
B3 Stone Free
B4 How Many More? 


Happenings Four +1 "The Long Trip" 1971 Japan Psych Rock
Rashomon (Kuni Kawachi The Happenings Four) “Our Constitutional Rights” 1971  羅生門 ‎– 日本国憲法 平和 自由 愛 Japan Psych
The Happenings Four "Magical Happenings Tour" 1968 Japan Psych Pop Rock,Beat,Baroque Pop  second album  
The Happenings Four ‎ アウトサイダ  "の世界   "Outsider No Sekai - World Of The Outsiders"1970 Japan Psych Pop Rock third album
Kuni Kawachi and His Group “Love Suki Daikirai"1972 僕の声が聞こえるかい/クニ・河内の世界 (Happenings Four,Flower Travellin’ Band) Japan Psych Pop Rock
Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travellin’ Band “Kirikyōgen” 1970 Japan Heavy Psych

Flower Travellin’ Band ‎ “Anywhere” 1970 Japan Psych Rock debut album  (Top 50 Japan Rock Albums by Julian Cope)
Flower Travellin’ Band “Made In Japan” 1972 Japan Psych Rock (Top 50 Japan Rock Albums by Julian Cope)
Flower Travellin’ Band “We Are Here” 2008 Japan Prog Rock
Flower Travellin Band “Satori” 1971 Japan Psychedelic masterpiece  (100 greatest Japanese albums Rolling Stone) (Top 50 Japan Rock Albums by  Julian Cope)
Yuya Uchida & The Flowers (Flower Travellin’ Band,) “Challenge!” 1969 Japan Psych Rock

Flower Travellin' Band ‎"Music Composed Mainly By Humans" (Bootleg) recorded in 1970 and released in 2002 Japan Psych Rock
Hideki Ishima ‎ “One Day"1971 Japan Prog Psych (ex- Flower Travellin ‘Band) man solo album
The Beavers  ザ・ビーバーズ  "Viva! Beavers!"  1968 Japan Psych,Garage Rock (Hideki Ishima-Flower Travellin’ Band & Ken Narita)
Band Aide “Uchuu Junkan” 1978 Japan Space Prog Rock  (with Nobuhiko Shinohara  ex-Flower Travellin’ Band)
Kuni Kawachi  クニ河内   "Utae Nakunaru Maeni"  歌えなくなる前に 1972  Japan Psych Rock first solo Lp
Joe Yamanaka & Flower Travellin Band "Times* 1975 Japan Psych Blues Rock LP Compilation
Joe Yamanaka (Flower Travellin Band - Kuni Kawachi And His Group )"Reggae Vibration II (My Reggae Music)" 1983 Japan Reggae (feat Tsutomu Ogawa by Too Much)
Joe Yamanaka “Live at Nippon Budokan” 1978 Japan Psych Blues Rock ((Flower Travellin Band - Kuni Kawachi And His Group )
Joe Yamanaka (Flower Travellin Band) "Joe" 1974 Japan Psych,Pop Rock,Soft Rock,Soul-excellent first solo album (feat Nobuhiko Shinohara,Takeru Muraoka,Kuni Kawachi...etc...)
    Joe Yamanaka (Flower Travellin Band - Kuni Kawachi And His Group )"Reggae Vibration II (My Reggae Music)" 1983 Japan Reggae (feat Tsutomu Ogawa by Too Much)
    Joe Yamanaka (Flower Travellin Band) ジョー山中  ‎"To The New World" 1977 Japan Psych Funk Rock  second solo album

    Yuya Uchida 内田 裕也 ‎“A Dog Runs ア・ドッグ・ランズ” 1978  Japan Psych Rock,Rock n Roll  (special guest Shinki Chen)  (The Flowers,Yuya Uchida & 1815 Super Rock 'N' Roll Band, Yuya Uchida & 183 Family Band,Flower Travellin' Band,The Tigers)




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