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Flower Travellin' Band - Satori & Made In Japan (2on1) Import, Special Extended Version

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2 records on 1 CD; Recorded: 1971/72 Released: 2005; Flower Travelling Band was Japan's answer to Led Zeppelin meeting Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath at the Ash Ra Temple. Simply put, they played grand, spacey, tripped-out hard rock with a riffy base that was only two steps removed from the blues, but their manner of interpreting those steps came from an acid trip. Flower Travelling Band was an entity unto itself. There are five tracks on this set, originally released in 1971 as the band's second album proper. It has been reissued on CD by WEA International in Japan, with the cover depicting a silhouette drawing of the Buddha in meditative equipoise filled in with sketches of an inner universe mandala of the sacred Mount Meru, stupas, and the hash smoking caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, Japanese sci-fi robot cartoons, and more. And the music is reflected in this inner universal realm on five different sections of Satori. From power chords to Eastern-tinged, North African, six-string freakouts, to crashing tom toms, to basses blasting into the red zone, Satori is a journey to the center of someplace that seems familiar but has never before been visited. It is a new sonic universe constructed from cast-off elements of the popular culture of the LSD generation. Forget everything you know about hard rock from the 1970s until you've put this one through your headphones. It's monolithic, expansive, flipped to wig city, and full of a beach blanket bong-out muscularity. In other words, this is a ''real'' classic and worth any price you happen to pay for it.~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Special Extended Version
  • Label: Black Rose 4028596001863
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Vincent Allen on April 23, 2016
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How... in... the... name... of... marketing... has this band never been heard of before?!?!?(radio playability?)
My only regret, I listened to Satori before Made in Japan.
Made in Japan is great.
Satori is Legendary. (Yes, legendary)
Listening to Satori, I heard countless bands... Sabbath?, BOC?, Canned Heat? early Scorps?, ELP?,,maybe Zepp?,on, and on...
Then you realize, this album came out at the same time, or before, many of the 'influences' you hear.
I can only thank the person that turned me onto them.
At the very least, Satori is a top 20 heavy metal/prog('70's) rock album, of all-time(IMO).
If you are a fan of early '70's (not sure how to describe this) blues/ metal/prog hard rock(??), don't hesitate!
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