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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: RUF
  • ASIN: B003NVR7R2
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Their most popular songs + some never before heard material from the 1995 tour featuring Barbara Thompson on saxophone who is adding a new dimension to the classic colosseum sound. Two for the price of one. Once more, the extraordinary musicians of Colosseum succeeded to release an also extraordinary and first-class live-album. During the Summer tour of 2005 Miles Ashton, the great live sound engineer who runs his own studio in Watford, recorded all of Colosseum's concerts to 24-track digital. Guitarist Clem Clempson and Keyboarder Dave Greenslade spent long days at Clem's studio auditioning all the performances looking for that magical mix of performance and natural sound quality and put together a complete show to run over two CD's. So now, you can enjoy a real complete Colosseum-Concert with the fanstastic voice of Chris Farlowe, the virtuosics Clem Clemspon, Dave Greenslade and Barbara Thompson plus the outstanding Bassplayer Mark Clarke and drumming legend Jon Hiseman. The first set features the performances from The Theaterhaus in Stuttgart / Germany ( June 11th 2005 ) together with the both tracks "Lights" and the Jack Bruce Classic "Rope Ladder To The Moon" from The Music Hall in Worpswede / Germany ( April 23rd 2005 ). The second set was recorded at The Treibhaus in Innsbruck / Austria ( June 11th 2005 ). Although Barbara Thompson played alongside Dick Heckstall-Smith on the first three original albums this new release is the first featuring her with the band - and she has bought a whole new dimension with her - the boys are more than delighted, especially since now they are seeing more women in the audience!

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After 1971's Colosseum Live I thought that live music could not get any better and the buzz that album provided would never be repeated, but after hearing Live 05 I am glad to say I was wrong. I cannot say the band is better, or the music better but the freshness and sheer briliance of the playing is phenomenal 6 very experienced and talented musicians at the top of their game. The sad loss of Dick Heckstall Smith is compensated for by the sublime playing of Barbara Thompson, which has taken the band further in to jazz, but has brightened the band and possibly revitalised it [not that there was any lack of vitality before]. I was most impressed with , well blown away by, the diference in the renditions of Rope ladder to the moon and Lost Angeles, recognisable but ................. I think the most surprising track, apart from the asides to the audience by Chris Farlowe and Jon Hiseman. was 'Theme for an Imaginary Western' I have over the years heard this by Greenslade, Jack Bruce, Mountain and Leslie West and it has become a safe tune, well the version on here picks it up and ignites it, it takes the best parts of each version and turns it into something special especially with the additional vocal of Mark Clarke [I think ] coming in to contrast Chris Farlowe. I would write more but I need to go and play it again!
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Colosseum were one of England's finest 'prog-rock' or 'jazz-rock' bands of the early 70s, with an unique chemistry, tremendous chops and mixture of experience. The crucial personnel changes happened early on; guitarist/vocalist James Litherland replaced by Dave Clempson, bassist Tony Reeves replaced by Mark Clarke (Reeves ended up in Greenslade) and in a timely move Chris Farlowe, whose career was in the doldrums at the time, was brought in on vocals. This was a classic band of the era and they were at their most impressive live.

There has been one more personnel change; following the death of Dick Heckstall-Smith, Hiseman got the wife in. Barbara Thompson had by this time already been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but she plays brilliantly on this 2CD set. It is not quite as aggressive as the 1994 reunion CD, but they are still a truly magnificent and superbly-matched group of players. One of the great live bands returns yet again with another stunning concert recording in front of what must be their best audience. It seems the Europeans remember and appreciate Colosseum a lot more than the English; a shame, for this is a legendary band indeed.

The 2CDs are a mixture of new material and the old favourites; everything is good, but if you have the 1994 concert expect some duplication of tracks. In fairness, they can't NOT play 'Valentine Suite' or 'Lost Angeles', and both of these work up a considerable head of steam, but for me the standouts are 'Rope Ladder to the Moon' and 'Tomorrow's Blues' which is far better than the studio version, the best track, and makes this set worth considering even if you have one of the previous live albums.
Colosseum....we will never see their like again.
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First heard Colosseum on John Peel's Top Gear. That's giving my age away! Went straight out and bought the first album. Saw them a couple of times, at the Greyhound in Croydon, a phenomenal night, and then at the Albert Hall. Superb band. I have everything they have done, and this new one does not disappoint.

I remember briefly meeting Jon Hiseman in the seventies at the Bull in Barnes after he had played with Paraphernalia, Barbara Thompson's fine outfit. I mentioned Colosseum and what I fan I am, and he laughed. It took time but getting back together has been a great thing.
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I first saw Colosseum in 1968/9 at my college dance and they will be for me the best LIVE band that I've ever seen. And I've seen hundreds if not thousands of bands in the last forty plus years. Colosseum's first live recording 'Colosseum LIVE' released in 1971 is the ultimate LIVE band recording and reflects perfectly what Colosseum where all about. LIVE05 is good but it's missing that magic as heard in 'Colosseum Live 1971' hence 3 stars.
Saying all that LIVE05 is a must for any true Colosseum fan.
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But not a patch on the 1994 reunion concert recordings. I found this a huge disappointment, whilst Chris Farlowe was still magnificent, there were some other vocals that were just awful. The band just doesn't seem totally with it and the recording quality is poor too - sounds like it was recorded by someone in the crowd with a cassette desk whereas the 1994 concerts had fantastic sound.
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