fredag 7 oktober 2016

Flower Travellin Band - Joey with the Flower Travelling Band "The Times" 1971-74 (Japan 1973)


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Akira Yamanaka (山中明, Yamanaka Akira?, September 2, 1946 – August 7, 2011), better known as Joe Yamanaka, was a Japanese singer known for both his work with Flower Travellin' Band and as a solo musician; singing at a vocal range of 3 octaves. He was also an actor and appeared in many movies, such as Takashi Miike's Deadly Outlaw: Rekka and the 1989 version of Zatoichi.

He is also recognized for 20 years of charity and volunteer work with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and flew around the world helping those in poor or war-torn conditions; visiting more than 30 countries including Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bosnia, numerous sovereign states in Africa, China, Ukraine (including Chernobyl), North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Brazil. While doing aid work in Jamaica he met local musicians and later became involved in reggae music. His aid work was a personal inspiration to help those who are growing up in similar conditions he had experienced as a child.


The band was initially started as a side-project by Yuya Uchida when he returned to Japan after visiting his friend John Lennon in England in the mid 1960s, where he was introduced to various upcoming artists such as Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Yuya wanted to introduce a similar sound to the Japanese, and formed the "Flowers" as a cover band with various group sounds musicians, and two vocalists; male singer Chiba Hiroshi and female singer Remi Aso. They released the album Challenge! in 1968, featuring covers of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company, in addition to an original song. The cover caused a stir in the Japanese media as it depicted each member posing naked.


In 1969, after the release of the album; Remi Aso and guitarist Katsuhiko Kobayashi relocated to the United States. Later that year, Yuya dropped all the remaining members, except George Wada, and recruited Hideki Ishima, Joe Yamanaka and Jun Kobayashi, and formed the Flower Travellin' Band as a way to produce and explore a new musical direction outside his own career. Their first release was the mini-album Anywhere in 1970, made to emulate the Flowers' release by means of cover songs and a nude cover. Their first original album Satori was being produced that same year, and was released in 1971.

They became friends with the Canadian band Lighthouse and in December relocated to Toronto, Canada, where they performed with artists such as Dr. John and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. While there they recorded their second original album Made in Japan and signed a deal with Atlantic Records. They returned to Japan for a show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, and in 1973 were billed to perform with the Rolling Stones throughout their Japanese tour, however all concerts were canceled when Mick Jaggers visa was rejected due to a drug conviction. Rescheduling, they released a half-studio, half-live album titled Make Up and in April performed at Maruyama Park in Kyoto.

It would be their last concert, as at this time Yuya became involved in numerous projects and the band went on a long hiatus, with each member going onto individual careers. Joe Yamanaka recorded numerous solo albums, and collaborated with the iconic reggae band The Wailers in the 1980s. Guitarist Hideki Ishima moved to India and studied the sitar under Indian classical musician Pandit Manilal Nag, and in 2000 invented the sitarla, which combines the qualities of a solid-body electric guitar and the sitar.

On November 25, 2007, the members officially reunited and formally recruited keyboardist Nobuhiko Shinohara, who had previously worked with the band. In 2008, 35 years after their last, they released the album We Are Here. In March 2010, future tours and productions were halted when it was announced that Joe was diagnosed with lung cancer. Joe died from his cancer on August 7, 2011 at the age of 64.

Bass, Acoustic Guitar – Jun Kozuki
Design – Mizuho Kataniwa
Drums – George Wada*
Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Hideki Ishima
Photography By [Front Cover] – Take (11)
Producer – Ikuzo Orita, Yuya Uchida
Vocals, Percussion – Joe*

01. Satori Pt. II
Composed By – Hideki Ishima
Lyrics By – Sutona 5:56
02. Satori Pt. I
Lyrics By, Composed By – Flower Travellin' Band 5:22
03. Shadows Of Lost Days
Composed By – George Wada*
Keyboards – Nobuhiko Shinohara
Lyrics By – Joe*, Patti (3) 4:45
04. Hiroshima
Composed By – Hideki Ishima
Lyrics By – Yoko Nomura 5:15
05. Make Up
Composed By – Flower Travellin' Band
Keyboards – Nobuhiko Shinohara
Lyrics By – Joe*, Patti (3) 3:02
06. Look At My Window
Composed By – Flower Travellin' Band
Keyboards – Nobuhiko Shinohara
Lyrics By – Joe*, Patti (3) 11:42
07. Spasms
Composed By – Hideki Ishima
Lyrics By – Yoko Nomura 5:20
08. I Wanna See You
Arranged By [Strings] – Kuni Kawachi
Backing Vocals, Lyrics By – Alex (47)
Drums, Composed By – George Wada*
Electric Guitar – Fujimaru Yoshino, Hideki Ishima
Keyboards – Nobuhiko Shinohara
Lyrics By – Joe* 4:55