Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Flower Travelin' Band- From Pussies to Death in 10,000 Years of Freak Out!

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And yet the recent bootleg of CHALLENGE studio out-takes, available on the spectacularly-named FROM PUSSIES TO DEATH IN 10,000 YEARS FREAK OUT, contains an un-released version of Led Zeppelin�s �How Many More Times� which is as exhilarating and enthralling as any Big Brother show ever could have been. It is James Brown-brilliant; a call-and-answer knee-trembler crossing the Misunderstood with the Yardbirds (with Jimmy), and Big Brother without their cack-handedness. That this was rejected from the final CHALLENGE tracklisting defies comment � it was their best recording ever and still sounds like a lost �60s soul classic.
But it was not until the fashion for Hendrix and Cream-inspired Heavy Rock of the late 60s had spawned such sonic behemoths as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Mountain and Grand Funk that Yuya Uchida, the Flowers� erstwhile leader, producer and mentor, decided to act. And, just as Terry Knight had left his own band, Terry Knight & the Pack, in order to turn them into Grand Funk, so Yuya Uchida now ejected himself and the other singers in an act of Blue Cheer-like self-pruning.

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

The past couple of years has seen a re-appraisal of the band in all its configurations, with two excellent releases. First came a dedication to The Flowers with the awesomely-titled FROM PUSSIES TO DEAD IN 10,000 YEARS OF FREAKOUT. It was on this vinyl-only release that we finally got to hear the incredible Joplinised version of Zeppelin�s �How Many More Times�, which I told you about earlier.
-Julian Cope(as strange as always)

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Blogger the6070Rock said...

Link ?

Heheheheh, DONE !!!


2:58 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

ill have a another excelent record up tomorrow,wihc you will love

VERY Rare!:Cosmos Factory-Metal Reflection[1977]

wich is a hard rock/metal record
by the band who allways sounds different

go look up the price on ebay :P

3:05 PM  
Blogger the6070Rock said...

Hmmmmm, I have CF, but not this record !!!!

Condition Green, Did you listen ?


3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Many thanks for this one! I requested this a while back and am thrilled to see that you came up with it. Looking forward to your Cosmos Factory post, too. I think Metal Reflections is the only one I don't have. Especially like Black Hole.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you very much!


nice blog, hard to find stuff

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS for posting this one. You da man!!!

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again for your selection.I
am mad about prog jazz fusion and
krautrock and it's a pleasure to
discover more from Flower Travellin
Band.Excellent job.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice job finding this album with the zep tune. thks.


3:35 PM  
Blogger jaspeh said...

good stuff! i've been wanting to hear this band for a while but it's often hard to come by. Thank you very much for sharing!

2:15 AM  
Blogger Knut said...

Hey hey ! This is too good to pass man. THanks for this, and the other albums you have given us.

2:16 PM  
Blogger happydog said...

Awesome. Thanks for putting the Flower Travellin' Band stuff up. I feel like I'm discovering the missing link!

9:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

upload again please... would love to listen to more FT'B

thanks for the original upload

5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please re up dying to hear this one,,!!!!

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there anyway to repost this file? thank you

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reposted- with love and adoration...


9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND came back from a trip!

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i cam back from a trip too!!!!!!!

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:48 PM  
Blogger FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND Freak! said...


at Knitting Factory New York Halleluwah, a Festival of Enthused Arts III Nov, 22 2008

5:47 AM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

Awesome album, the band also is good, but this album in particular is extraordinary.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dirk rip
thx cleaned up version combined Im Dead to 1 track


9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was hoping to find this version, but unfortunately the link is dead ...

thx cleaned up version combined Im Dead to 1 track



11:24 AM  

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