Make Up (album)

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Make Up
Make Up Flower.jpg
Studio album and Live album by Flower Travellin' Band
Released February 25, 1973
Recorded
  • Mouri Studio, Tokyo
  • Yokosuka Bunka Kaikan, Yokosuka
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 73:51
Label Atlantic
Flower Travellin' Band chronology
Made in Japan
(1972)
Make Up
(1973)
We Are Here
(2008)

Make Up is the fourth album by Japanese rock band Flower Travellin' Band, released in 1973.[1] It is a double album, featuring some live and studio recordings.

Production[edit]

After returning from Canada, Flower Travellin' Band began a new album. The mix of live and studio recordings was planned from the beginning. Wanting a mix of sounds, they tried acoustic pieces and experimented with material that would be hard to reproduce live. Growing as a band and as individuals, more individual contributions were made.[2]

Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8 were recorded live at Yokosuka Bunka Kaikan in Yokosuka on September 16, 1972, while track 9 is a live studio recording. The band's founder and producer Yuya Uchida provides guest vocals on "Blue Suede Shoes".

"Slowly But Surely" was covered by the thrash metal band Outrage for their 1988 debut album, Black Clouds. "Hiroshima" and the title track were covered by Cult of Personality and thrash metal band United respectively, for the 2000 Flower Travellin' Band Tribute album.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic referred to Make Up as confused and "inconsistent to say the least", giving it a 3 star rating out of five.[4] Aquarius Records and the Roadburn Festival were mostly positive in a review, writing that the first two sides show the band's more mellow and pop side, "with the gentle epic ‘Look at My Window’, the bluesy, balladic ‘Shadows of Lost Days’, and the sad ‘Broken Strings’ all probably prompting lighter-raising among concert goers." But stated that the title-track, "Slowly But Surely" and "All the Days" provide heavier fare. They then approved of the 24-minute live version of "Hiroshima", describing it as "chock full of the type of slightly sinister, blown-out riffage that today’s stoner rockers try their hardest to recreate." They finished by claiming the semi-acoustic "spaced out ‘After the Concert’ winds things up wordlessly and beautifully."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Songwriters Length
1. "All the Days" Hideki Ishima, Joe Yamanaka, Patti 6:38
2. "Make Up" Flower Travellin' Band, Patti 2:53
3. "Look at My Window" Flower Travellin' Band, Patti 10:56
Side B
No. Title Songwriters Length
4. "Slowly But Surely" George Wada, Joe Yamanaka, Patti 6:06
5. "Shadow of Lost Days" George Wada, Joe Yamanaka, Patti 4:44
6. "Broken Strings" Jun Kozuki 7:19
Side C
No. Title Songwriters Length
7. "Hiroshima" Hideki Ishima, Yoko Nomura 23:56
Side D
No. Title Songwriters Length
8. "Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Lee Perkins 3:55
9. "Satori Pt. 2" Flower Travellin' Band 9:48
10. "After the Concert" Flower Travellin' Band 7:24

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND // フラワー・トラヴェリン・バンド". Flowertravellingband.com. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  2. ^ "We just stopped, took a break. It turned out to be for 36 years!". jrawk.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  3. ^ "VA / FLOWER TRAVELLIN'BAND tribute [CD] [アルバム] - CDJournal.com". Artist.cdjournal.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Make Up - The Flower Travellin' Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Flower Travellin' Band - Made in Japanese". Roadburn Festival. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-20.