Music today went Japanese with Strawberry Path, Flied Egg, Yuya Uchida & The Flowers and Flower Travellin’ Band. Strawberry Path morphed into Flied Egg and Yuya Uchida & The Flowers morphed into Flower Travellin’ Band. Interestingly the first two albums by Yuya Uchida & The Flowers and Flower Travellin’ Band were covers albums with great versions on the latter, Anywhere (1970). There’s 21st Century Schizoid Man and Black Sabbath (the song) for the heavy fans, also covers of Muddy Waters’ Louisiana Blues and the Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun with rather large differences to them all – that is lots of jamming. Although Yuya acted as producer rather than musician (credited with percussion). On Yuya Uchida & The Flowers album Challenge (1969) it was the same idea acting more as the guiding light rather than actually being in the band but the album is more sixties-sounding with an odd narrative. The album covers Cream, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix, it’s something to behold and also includes girl vocalist Remi Aso who you have to hear to believe. Kento Nakamura also sings. Drummer Joji George Wada was recruited for Flower Travellin’ Band as Yuya moved on, Joe Yamanaka came in on vocals with Hideki Ishima on guitar.

Strawberry Path (1971) is heavy and Flied Egg’s Dr. Siegel’s Fried Egg Shooting Machine (1972) is all over the place in a good way, it’s also something to behold, in fact any of these sixties and seventies Japanese bands influenced by sixties and seventies UK and US bands are something to behold. Check ‘em out really great if you like this kind of thing.

Music Of The Daze

The musical musings in this post are an excerpt from my daily blog, TO WHERE I AM NOW, featured on my main website. See more pictures and read the full post here.

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