Flower Travellin' Band - Make Up (Classic Album Japan 1973)

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Make Up is a 1973 album by Flower Travellin' Band. It was a double-LP, featuring some live recordings and some studio recordings. It features a guest appearance of Yuya Uchida.

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, where he was introduced to various upcoming artists such as Cream, and attended a Jimi Hendrix concert. Yuya wanted to introduce their work to a Japanese audience, 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 an album titled Challenge! in 1969, featuring covers of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother and the Holding Company, in addition to an original song. The art-work 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 reorganized the remaining Flower members; recruited vocalist Joe Yamanaka from the group sounds band 491, and formed the Flower Travellin' Band as a way to produce and explore a new music direction outside his own career. Their first release was a mini-album in 1970, made to emulate the Flowers release by means of cover songs and nude art work. Their first original album Satori was being produced in the same year, and was released in 1971.

They became friends with the Canadian band Lighthouse, and relocated to Canada where they performed with artists such as Dr. John, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. While in Canada they recorded their second original album Made In Japan and signed a deal with Atlantic Records. They returned to Japan for a home 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. They released a live album titled Make Up later that year and performed at Maruyama Park.

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 reggae band The Wailers in the 1980s. Guitarist Hideki Ishima moved to India and studied the sitar under Indian classical musician Pandit Mani Lal Nag, and later invented the sitarla, which combines the qualities of a solidbody electric guitar and the sitar.

On November 25, 2007, the band members officially reunited and formally recruited keyboardist Nobuhiko Shinohara, who had previously worked with the band. A new album was released in 2008. 

01."All the Days" (6:38)
02."Make Up" (2:53)
03."Look At My Window" (10:56)
04."Slowly But Surely" (6:06)
05."Shadows of Lost Days" (4:44)
06."Broken Strings" (7:19)
07."Hiroshima" (23:56)
08."Blue Suede Shoes" (3:55)
09."After the Concert" (7:24)

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