Flashback to the Future Pick of the Week - Satori by the Flower Travellin’ Band (1971)

Satori is one of those classic psychedlic rock albums that you have to dig to the bottom of the bin for. Japan's Flower Travellin' Band never achieved commercial success, but Satori - their first album featuring all original music - resonated in a time where rock was being digested by other cultures and shipped back to American audiences. Of course, Krautrock was the most well-known of these exports, but 1971 was also a time when, for example, Fela Kuti had recently returned to Nigeria and started releasing music. Like these more well-known artists, the music created by FTB (as they’re colloquially known) offers an alternate take on rock music through the lens of their own culture. After all, “satori” is the Japanese term for a Buddhist awakening, or the ability to see into one’s own nature. Take, for example, "Satori 2" - a raucous celebration where the drum beat somehow marries rock with the low-toned, driving resonance of taiko drumming. You can listen to the whole album here.(link: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x22yzbj_flower-travellin-band-1971-satori-full-album_music)

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