Kawachi, Kuni - Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travelling Band (CD)
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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.
1 - Kirikyogen
2 - Works Composed Mainly by Humans
3 - Time Machine
4 - To Your World
5 - Graveyard of Love
6 - Classroom for Women
7 - Scientific Investigation