Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Kuni Kawachi - & Flower Travelling Band-Kirikyogen(1970 Japan Psychedelic Rock/Prog Rock)

Kuni Kawachi - & Flower Travelling Band CD. Reissue of Kuni Kawachi's ultra-rare Kirikyogen album recorded in 1970 with members of The Flower Travellin' Band. Stunning record with great Hideki Ishema burning guitarwork and vocals from Joe! Sounds like a lost Flower Travellin' Band album except it's a bit more progressive overall.

Continuing as their producer, it was Uchida who picked Joe as their new singer. But how should their new band sound? Just as Jimmy Page had vacillated between making Led Zeppelin exclusively heavy and joining the CSN&Y brigade, so Yuya Uchida had grave doubts about the direction in which Flower Travellin’ Band should be seen to be travelling. And so, for their first few months, Flower went off in all directions. First, they recorded the monumental 27-minute guitar’n’atmosphere freakout “I’m Dead”, which transports the listener through every Amon Duul 2 jam session and burns every escape route as you pass along it. “I’m Dead” is a monument of experimentation, of highs and even of lows, yet it was a spectacular success, and – in terms of space and ambience - beyond what even the guitar-based Krautrock bands were later doing.
But this pure freak out music was not for Yuya Uchida, and his next step was to bring in Kuni Kawachi, organist and leader of Flowers’ former rivals The Happenings Four. Kawachi got on well with Joe and Ishima, and they spent the early part of 1970 putting together a series of recordings which were very melodic, but psychedelic and strung out. In places, songs such as ‘The Scientific Investigation’ and ‘Classroom’ echoed the more acoustic later side of the Velvet Underground, . But still Uchida remained unsatisfied, and the project was temporarily abandoned as a Flower album, surfacing later on RCA as the record KIRIKYOGEN.
(read the whole story here)

01 - Kirikyogen
02 - Works Composed Mainly by Humans
03 - Time Machine
04 - To Your World
05 - Graveyard of Love
06 - Classroom for Women
07 - Scientific Investigation



Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice indeed-

it'd be nice to see satori up here. do you have any les rallizes desnudes?

5:29 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

yeah i have

les rallizes denudes - studio & soundboard 1969 - 1975
and les rallizes denudes - 1977 live (fucked up and naked, released 2002)

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks dirk. now if only someone finds and posts the led zep cover that ftb does.


7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe became 60 years old.
Please support him from now on!


【JOE’S Official WebSite】

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someon re-up this file? Lnks invalid now.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

yop yop.. really wanted to listen to this. can some re-upload it pleaseeeee?

5:21 AM  
Blogger FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND Freak! said...


“We are here”

at Knitting Factory New York

Halleluwah, a Festival of Enthused Arts III

Nov, 22 2008

5:52 PM  
Anonymous said...

It won't truly have effect, I suppose so.

3:07 PM  

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