Anywhere album cover

Flower Travellin' Band


Flower Travellin’ Band were an early ’70s Japanese hard rock act formed by producer Yuya Uchida and featuring vocalist Joe Yamanaka, guitarist Hideki Ishima, bassist Jun Kozuki, and drummer Joji Wada. They didn’t last long, making only four albums between 1970 and 1973, but their sound was surprisingly potent, very much in the vein of Western acts like Cream, Cactus, ZZ Top, the James Gang, and early Black Sabbath. Anywhere is notable for its gatefold cover photo of the four members riding motorcycles down the road nude, and for its scorching sound; despite their dirtbag image, these guys had a decent recording budget, and the album can easily compete with any hard rock of the era. Ishima’s guitar playing is fierce and effective and Wada’s drumming is minimalist but focused, maintaining energy throughout the long (13- to 15-minute) jams on Muddy Waters’ “Louisiana Blues” and King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” that make up the bulk of the album.

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