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sábado, 4 de abril de 2009

Flower Travelin Band - Make up (1973)

Esta banda me la recomendo Ivan "Rocker" Lozada, cuando estabamos saliendo del concierto de Opeth del 28 de Marzo, y sin duda una banda adelantadisima a su epoca, que poco a poco fue creando su estilo muy cabron, para mi gusto le podria interesar a los fans de Opeth, Black Sabath, Led Zeppellin, Isis, The Mars Volta, etc, ese tipo de bandas arriesgadas, pachecas, sin remordimientos a la experimentacion. Para ser un disco de 1973, son realmente asombroso, en este disco cantan en ingles, pero las canciones en Japones suenan chingon tambien.

les dejo lo que dice Wikipedia de ellos...

Flower Travellin' Band are an influential Japanese hard rock outfit that was first active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, 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 and hired a new member, keyboardist Nobuhiko Shinohara.

The band was initially organized by Japanese entertainer and entrepreneur Yuya Uchida as "The Flowers," a cover band, and featured two vocalists - himself, 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. The remaining members reorganized themselves, acquiring Joe Yamanaka as a vocalist on the recommendation of Uchida, and proceeded to explore a more original and rock-oriented direction.

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 cancelled. 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 solidbody electric guitar and the sitar.

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 had reunited as of January 12, 2008.[1]

“We Are Here” American show, December 9,2008 at Knitting Factory, NYC (CANCELLED). “We Are Here” Canadan show, Dec 15 2008 at REVIVAL, Toronto. European tour officially announced.[2]

"Flower Travellin' Band's first ever US performance" show on March 13,2009 at Knitting Factory, NYC and March 14,2009 at Webster Hall, NYC. March 16,2009 at Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia. March 17,2009 at Velvet Lounge in Washington DC. March 19,2009 at Smokin' Music (504 Trinity St) at SXSW Music Festival

Bands such as Iron Age and Grails have covered Flower Travellin' Band.


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