Satori (Flower Travellin' Band album)

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This article is about the original studio album. For the Canadian release called Satori, see Satori (Canadian album).
Studio album by Flower Travellin' Band
Released April 25, 1971
Genre Acid rock, progressive rock, heavy metal
Length 41:51
Label Atlantic, GRT Records, Warner, Phoenix
Producer Ikuzo Orita, Speed
Flower Travellin' Band chronology
Made in Japan

Satori is the second album by Japanese rock band Flower Travellin' Band, but their first of original material. It was released in Japan by Atlantic Records, and in the US and Canada by GRT Records in 1971.[1]

The North American release differed to the Japanese original, as it contained songs off their upcoming album Made in Japan and the bonus track "Lullaby".[2] (See Satori (Canadian album).)

The original Japanese version was reissued on CD by Warner Music in 1988.[3] It was digitally remastered in 1998.[4] In 2009 it was remastered on the new SHM-CD format.[5] A re-release in 1991 contained the bonus track "Map", which was written by Kuni Kawachi and originally on his album Kirikyogen, which featured Joe Yamanaka and Hideki Ishima, under the name "Works Composed Mainly By Humans".[6] This version of the song was previously released as a single by Flower Travellin' Band. Satori is distributed worldwide by Phoenix Records, on both CD and Vinyl.[2]


The song "Satori Pt. 3" was later re-imagined into their staple song "Hiroshima", on their Made in Japan album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 4.8/5[8]

David Fricke of Rolling Stone declared Satori his "favorite Japanese rock album of all time".[9] Allmusic gave the album 4½ stars out 5 and made it their pick as the band's top album calling it "a real classic".[7] In September 2007, Rolling Stone Japan rated Satori #71 on their list of the "100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time".[10]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written and composed by Flower Travelin' Band. 

No. Title Length
1. "Satori, Pt. 1"   5:25
2. "Satori, Pt. 2"   7:06
3. "Satori, Pt. 3"   10:44
4. "Satori, Pt. 4"   11:01
5. "Satori, Pt. 5"   7:58


The band[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Recorded Covers[edit]

Vancouver based progressive art/noise band Superconductor covered "Satori Pt. 1" on their 1994 EP Heavy with Puppy.

Japanese progressive thrash metal band Gargoyle recorded a cover of "Satori Pt. 1" for the 2000 compilation album Japanese Heavy Metal Tribute Tamashii. "Satori Pt. 2" was covered by thrash metal band Outrage for the 2000 Flower Travellin' Band Tribute album.[11]

Portland based instrumental post-rock band Grails did a rendition of "Satori Pt. 3" on their 2005 EP entitled Interpretations of Three Psychedelic Rock Songs from Around the World.

Texas based hardcore/metal band Iron Age recorded a cover of "Satori Pt. 1" on their 2008 7" entitled "The Way is Narrow".


  1. ^ "Flower Travellin' Band // フラワー・トラヴェリン・バンド". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Flower Travellin' Band // フラワー・トラヴェリン・バンド". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
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  7. ^ a b Allmusic review
  8. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (May 15, 2013). "Album Review - Flower Travellin Band: Satori". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ask David Fricke: "Fricke's Picks" Columnist and Rolling Stone Senior Editor Answers Your Questions : Rolling Stone". 
  10. ^ "Finally! "The 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time" Listed". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
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