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3.0 out of 5 stars COLLOSAL COLOSSEUM, 13 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: Valentyne Suite (Audio CD)
In the late sixties,this was an excellent example of "blues rock" and could they rock!!
Those of you who brought "Colosseum Live"will recognise samples of this work,particularly on the extended works outs,the magnificent"Valentyne suite"dominates this album,
Jon Hiseman(Drums)is majestic throughout,Dave Greenslade(Organ and vibes) is ebuliant and Lythe creating a typical prog rock hammond organ sound that he was to use later on in his band "Greenslade",
Dick Heckstall smith blows up a storm on sax,James Litherland is as good a guitarist as his contemporaries and Tony reeves is masterful on bass.
The album finds the band placed between a more bluesy "Nice" and less heavy "Deep Purple" although later Chris Farlowe Joined on vocals and Dave Clempson(Later to join Humble pie)on guitar beefed up the sound somewhat
Tracks of note are "Elegy" and a storming version of "Lost angeles" again dig out the Live Chris Farlowe Version,although the version here is from "Top Gear" and sounds just as good with a marvelous solo by Dick Heckstall smith.
The second Cd brings us the Us version of the album,which is completely different!
"Jumping off the sun" is pure british psyche with Hiseman bashing away like Keith Moon,another version of "Lost Angeles" with nice interplay between all musicians
"Elegy" follows sounding similar to "Long Train Coming"by the Doobie Brothers.
"Buttys Blues" is exactly as the title says a blues song!
"Rope ladder to the moon"is the jack Bruce song,that also features so strongly on the Live album,the vocals are reminiscent of Steve Winwood,
lovely vibes playing,sounding at times like "Gentle Giant"
and next for all you skating fans "Bolero" I kid you Not,Torville and dean will have nightmares trying to skate to this though,jazzy and free flowing ,this is good,this also sounds like aband called "Circus" who had a great eponynemous album at the same time,another version of "The machine demands a sacrifice" is followed by "The grass is greener".
A fine album indeed
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2013 22:04:30 BDT
Just THREE stars for this modern masterpiece? - you just gotta be kidding.
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