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SATORI

Flower Travellin' Band

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.82 | 71 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars "Satori" is a fine example of early seventies Japanese Psyche. I feel a little misled though by those who claim this is Japan's answer to BLACK SABBATH. It's not even close to being that heavy or good. It feels like it should be Proto-something if you know what I mean. Released in 1971 this band was relatively unknown outside of Japan at the time."Satori" has become somewhat of a novelty for collectors since then with that raw Psyche sound. And it is highly rated by most. I just fail to grasp the appeal. Good album regardless.

"Satori Part I" eventually kicks in after a scream. Vocal melodies come and go along with the vocals. "Satori Part II" is guitar and drum led in this more relaxed tune. An ethnic vibe to this one. Vocals a minute in. This is fairly catchy. "Satori Part III" kicks in with guitar and drums 1 1/2 minutes in. A change after 5 minutes as they up the ante. It settles 7 1/2 minutes in before kicking back in to the original melody. The tempo picks up later.

"Satori Part IV" is led by the guitar and drums early. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in with percussion and bass.The guitar and drums come and go. Harmonica 4 minutes in. The guitar starts to solo before 6 minutes as the harmonica continues. Great section. It kicks back in around 9 minutes and the vocals are back. "Satori Part V" features vocal melodies and a beat a minute in. Tasteful guitar before 3 minutes. This is my favourite part of the album as they jam. Vocal melodies return when the vocal stop.

If your looking for something that IS actually heavy Psyche, check out EARTHLESS.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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