Flower Travellin' Band
Taking their cues from Cream, Jimi Hendrix and other heavy Western rock music, Flower Travellin' Band were a Japanese doom/psyche band that clearly had a major effect on the Japan rock that followed them. Initially a cover band called Yuya Uchida and the Flowers, the group released two albums before 1971's Satori, their first made up entirely of original material and marked by midtempo Sabbath guitars and chant-like vocals. After a move to Canada and another two albums, the band broke up in the mid-'70s, and didn't reunite until 2007. Flower Travellin' Band's fourth album of original material, We Are Here, was released in 2008, 35 years after Make Up, a double live/studio record the band put out in 1973.