Yuya Uchida And The Flowers

Yuya Uchida And The FlowersFrom: Tokyo, Japan

Also known as the Flower Travellin’ Band and FTB, Yuya Uchida And The Flowers were a rock band that formed in Japan in 1968. They were connected with Japan’s counterculture movement and recognized for their mixture of early heavy metal psychedelic, and progressive rock. Despite the critical acclaim the band received, Yuya Uchida And The Flowers failed to achieve commercial success, and disbanded in 1973. They reunited in 2007 when hippie influences became popular again in Japanese culture. The band permanently disbanded in 2011 after the death of vocalist Joe Yamanaka.

FTB was initially started as a side project as a side-project by Yuya Uchida when he returned from visiting his friend John Lennon in England. It was during his visit with Lennon that Uchida was introduced to bands such as Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Uchida recruited male singer Chiba Hiroshi and female singer Remi Aso. They released the album Challenge! in 1968, featuring covers of songs by Hendrix, Cream, and Big Brother & The Holding Company, along with one original. Their version of “Summertime” is one of the more unique covers of the era.

In 1969, Aslo and Katsuhiko Kabayashi (guitar) relocated to the United States. Yuya soon decided to drop the remaining members of the band, except Joji “George” Wada (drums). He recruited Hideki Ishima, Joe Yamanaka, and Jun Kobayashi, forming the Flower Travellin’ Band. The band released the 1970 mini-album Anywhere, which was made to emulate the Flowers’ release with a number of covers. Their first original album, Satori, was released in 1971. They relocated to Canada and becoming friends with the band Lighthouse. They performed with artists such as Dr. John and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. After a couple more albums and shows, the band went their separate ways before reuniting in 2007.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1969 album Challenge!

  • Sumemrtime