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Monday, 27 May 2019

Flower Travellin' Band ‎"Music Composed Mainly By Humans" (Bootleg) recorded in 1970 and released in 2002 ~ Japan Psych Rock


Flower Travellin' Band ‎"Music Composed Mainly By Humans" (Bootleg) recorded in 1970 and released in 2002 Japan Psych Rock



Here we have very good quality demo recordings from 1970, prior to the highly regarded "Satori" album. You can find most of these songs scattered around on other (unofficial) compilations. ....~



Flower Travellin' Band are an esoteric psychedelic rock outfit from Tokyo, Japan, first active from 1969 and early 1970s until 1973, consisting of Akira "Joe" Yamanaka (vocals), Hideki Ishima (guitar), Joji "George" Wada (drums) and Jun Kozuki (bass). As of January 12th, 2008 they have officially reunited until Joe's death in 2011. The band was initially organized by Japanese entertainer and entrepreneur Yuya Uchida as The Flowers, a cover band, and featured two vocalists - male vocalist Yuya Uchida, and female vocalist Remi Aso, who was touted as the Japanese version of Janis Joplin. Their first album consisted of covers of Western pop songs. It was primarily notable for the fact that all of the band members appeared nude on the cover, including Aso, which was considered scandalous at the time. However, after the "Flowers" album, Uchida lost interest and Aso drifted away. Meanwhile, Hideki Ishima and Joe Yamanaka bumped into each other in Shinjuku after departing from their respective GS bands (Hideki from The Beavers, and Joe from Four Nine Ace) and decided to start a band together. The result was a blues band called Mystic Morning. Uchida attended one of the concerts and decided to pick the two up for a new project which he wanted to be an "international group, one that could have appeal outside Japan." Their first release as Flower Travellin' Band was a single collaboration with famed jazz trumpeter/composer Terumasa Hino entitled "Crash." The B-Side is a sitar-laden track called Dhoop. Their first full-length release, Anywhere, was composed entirely of covers. Among them is the first known cover of Black Sabbath. Uchida decided to pair vocalist Joe Yamanaka and guitarist Hideki Ishima with keyboardist Kuni Kawachi, resulting in the album Kirikyogen (Often mistaken/mislabeled as "Kuni Kawachi and Flower Travellin' Band" and the circulated bootleg "Music Composed Mainly By Humans"). The track Music Composed Mainly By Humans would re-appear re-recorded/re-arranged as a single (A split with Machine-Gun Kelly), as well as a bonus track on some releases of Satori as Map. 1970 brought the World's Fair to Osaka. Flower Travellin' Band were performing in the festival plaza. The Canada Pavillion featured a band called Lighthouse, who at the time were popular in Canada. Lighthouse came to see Flower Travellin' Band, and suggested they come to Canada. Yuya hoped it would be the band's big break. 1971 brought their most popular and critically acclaimed release: Satori. They recorded Satori in two days (one day recording, one day mixing). In early 1973, they were billed to open for the Rolling Stones, but Mick Jagger's visa was rejected from a previous drug conviction and all concerts were canceled. Later that year the band broke up, with Yamanaka going on to release various solo albums. Guitarist Hideki Ishima released a solo album, One Day, in 1973, and continued a career as a studio musician, guesting on several of Yamanaka's solo albums. Ishima is still active in the music scene in Japan, and specializes in playing the "sitarla," an instrument he designed. The sitarla combines the qualities of a semi-hollow body electric guitar and the sitar. He released a collection of material recorded at home using Logic entitled BGM in 2006. In recent years, Flower Travellin' Band has been rediscovered by the heavy metal, stoner rock and doom rock movements in America and England, and are often cited as influential by bands involved in these movements. Yamanaka continues to be popular in Japan as a solo artist, and celebrated his 60th birthday in 2006 with a tour and the release of a live DVD, Joe's Bag. He continues to perform Flower Travellin' Band songs as part of his live show. According to the official Flower Travellin' Band website, which went live on March 5th, 2008, Flower Travellin' Band has reunited (as of January 12, 2008). Flower Travellin' Band released their new album We Are Here in September 2008. Discography Challenge - Under the band name "Yuya Uchida and the Flowers" (1969) -Only two members (George Wada and Jun Kobayashi) of Flower Travellin' Band are present on this release, in addition to producer/musical director Yuya Uchida. From Pussies To Death In 10,000 Years of Freak-Out [Bootleg] (1969) -A bootleg released under the Flower Travellin' Band name, despite having the same line-up as The Flowers (sans Remi Aso). Crash (with Terumasa Hino Quintet) (1970) -Their first release as Flower Travellin' Band. Anywhere (1970) -Has the notoriety of debuting the first known Black Sabbath cover, namely the song "Black Sabbath". Satori (1971) -The group's first LP of original material. Satori (Single) (1971) -The A-Side is Satori Part I, the B-Side is Satori Part II. Map (1971) -Split with Machine-Gun Kelly. Made In Japan (1972) - More fully structured songs. Very advanced for the time. Kamikaze (Single) (1972) -The A-Side is Kamikaze, the B-Side is Heaven and Hell. Satori (Canadian Version) (1972) -Only some tracks from the original Satori are present on this release. They are re-mixed to dull-down the harshness of Joe's vocals and Hideki's guitar. Several tracks from Made In Japan are also present, as well as the sitar-laden "Lullaby," which is sung in Japanese. Make Up (1972) -A double album consisting of both live and studio recordings. Augmented by keyboardist Nobuhiko Shinohara. Make Up (Single) (1972) -The A-Side is Make Up, the B-Side is Woman (Shadows of Lost Days) Hibiya Open Air, Japan, 1972 [Live Bootleg] (1972) -An audience recording of their performance. Tracks from Satori and Made In Japan are present, as well as renditions of You Shook Me and How Many More Times, and some improvised jamming. We Are Here (2008) -The first release from the reunited group. This time without producer/musical director Yuya Uchida. www.flowertravellingband.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply......~




Credits 

Bass – Jun Kosuki
Drums – George Wada
Guitar – Hideki Ishima
Organ, Piano – Kuni Kawachi
Producer – Yuya Uchida
Vocals – Akira 'Joe' Yamanaka




Tracklist 

1 I'm Dead 27:09
2 Graveyard Of Love 4:07
3 Kirikyogen 5:01
4 Map 5:42
5 Time Machine 7:42
6 Classroom 3:21
7 The Scientific Investigation 3:51 



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