Colosseum

Happy birthday Phil Spector (1939) and Steve Allen (1921)!

COLOSSEUM

I liked Colosseum for the get-go…bought everything I ever saw…

DVD             BEST OF, THE (DVD-A)                                                             SILVERLINE US               80989               2002

2002 8 TRKS collection DVD-Audio

LP                 COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM                                                    ISLAND / BRONZE UK   ILPS 9173         1971

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP                 COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM (DE)                                            ISLAND / BRONZE DE   85815 IT           1971

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP                 COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                                     BRONZE UK                   ICD 1                 1971

1971 6 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album

CD                COLOSSEUM LIVE (2CD)                                                          ESOTERIC UK                 ECLEC 22545   1971

2016 12 TRKS stereo 2cd Live album

LP                 COLOSSEUM LIVE (Jpn)                                                           BRONZE JPN                  YS-2647/8-BZ  1971

1972 6 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album, insert

CD                COMPLETE REUNION CONCERT (DTS-CD)                             MASTERPIECES             MPI 001.2        1994

1994 10 TRKS DTS-CD

CD                DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                                SEQUEL UK                    NEXCD 256       1970

1993 8 TRKS stereo CD

BSCD2          DAUGHTER OF TIME (BSCD2)                                                 WASABI JPN                  WSBAC-0034   1970

2016 9 TRKS stereo BSCD2 kami sleeve, British jazz

LP                 DAUGHTER OF TIME (US)                                                        DUNHILL US                  DSX 50101       1970

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP promo

LP                 GRASS IS GREENER, THE                                                          DUNHILL US                  DS 50079         1970

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP US version

CD                THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU                    SANCTUARY UK            SMQCD 096     1969

2004 14 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU                    FONTANA UK                STL 6510          1969

1969 8 TRKS stereo LP

BSCD2          THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (BSCD2)     WASABI JPN                  WSBAC-0032   1969

2016 9 TRKS stereo BSCD2 kami sleeve, British jazz

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (US)            DUNHILL US                  DS 50062         1969

1969 6 TRKS stereo LP US version

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU re-issue     M.O.V. NL                      MOVLP 1684   1969

2016 8 TRKS stereo LP re-issue, single sleeve

CD                VALENTYNE SUITE                                                                     SANCTUARY EU             SMEDD 097      1969

2004 15 TRKS stereo 2CD

LP                 VALENTYNE SUITE                                                                     VERTIGO UK                  VO 1                  1969

1969 7 TRKS stereo LP UK original edition

BSCD2          VALENTYNE SUITE (BSCD2)                                                     WASABI JPN                  WSBAC-0033   1969

2016 7 TRKS stereo BSCD2 kami sleeve, British jazz

7″                 WALKING IN THE PARK (US) promo                                      DUNHILL US                  D-4200             1969

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

DVD             SUPERSHOW (DVD)                                                                 EAGLE ROCK                 EV 30033-9      1969

1969 70m Colosseum, E. Clapton etc.

Colosseum

Happy birthday Belinda Carlisle (1958)!  (I once went to a party dressed as Belinda Carlisle!)

COLOSSEUM!  I came to Colosseum via Cream.  I met Dick Heckstall-Smith once in London.  New CD versions are coming soon!

DVD             BEST OF, THE (DVD-A)                                                      SILVERLINE US               80989

2002 8 TRKS collection DVD-Audio

 

LP                 COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM                                             ISLAND / BRONZE UK   ILPS 9173

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP                 COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM                                             ISLAND / BRONZE DE   85815 IT

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

CD                COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                             SEQUEL US                     1006.2

1992 7 TRKS stereo CD Live, 2-on-1

LP                 COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                             BRONZE UK                   ICD 1

1971 6 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album

LP                 COLOSSEUM LIVE (Jpn)                                                   BRONZE JPN                  YS-2647/8-BZ

1972 6 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album, insert

 

CD                COMPLETE REUNION CONCERT (DTS-CD)                     MASTERPIECES             MPI 001.2

1994 10 TRKS DTS-CD

 

CD                DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                        SEQUEL UK                    NEXCD 256

1993 8 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                        DUNHILL US                   DSX 50101

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP promo

 

LP                 GRASS IS GREENER, THE                                                  DUNHILL US                   DS 50079

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP US version

 

CD                THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU             SANCTUARY UK             SMQCD 096

2004 14 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU             FONTANA UK                 STL 6510

1969 8 TRKS stereo LP

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU             DUNHILL US                   DS 50062

1969 6 TRKS stereo LP US version

 

CD                VALENTYNE SUITE                                                             SANCTUARY EU             SMEDD 097

2004 15 TRKS stereo 2CD

LP                 VALENTYNE SUITE                                                             VERTIGO UK                  VO 1

1969 7 TRKS stereo LP UK original edition

 

7″                 WALKING IN THE PARK (US) promo                              DUNHILL US                   D-4200

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

Colosseum

Happy birthday to Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) (1948). Adam Ant born as Stuart Goddard (1954).

I was reminded recently of how much I loved the British band Colosseum. By the grace of Mr. Pete Brown, I got to meet Dick Heckstall-Smith and tell him how much I loved his solo album, “A Story Ended”. But I never had the opportunity to see Colosseum play on a stage, despite reformations etc.

CD            THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU                        SANCTUARY UK     SMQCD 096

2004 14 TRKS stereo CD ’68 debut album

 

7″             WALKING IN THE PARK promo                       DUNHILL US         D-4200

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD            VALENTYNE SUITE                                        SANCTUARY EU  SMEDD 097

2004 15 TRKS stereo 2CD which includes both the UK & US versions of this ’69 album

 

DVD         SUPERSHOW                                                EAGLE ROCK      EV 30033-9

1969 70m Colosseum, Eric Clapton etc. – the Led Zeppelin part is thankfully removed from this edition of this DVD

 

CD            DAUGHTER OF TIME                                     SEQUEL UK         NEXCD 256

1993 8 TRKS stereo CD ’70 album

 

CD            COLOSSEUM LIVE                                        SEQUEL US         1006.2

1992 7 TRKS stereo CD Live, 2-on-1, ’71 live

 

DVD         COMPLETE REUNION CONCERT                   MASTERPIECES  MPI 001.2

1994 DVD-A DTS-CD

 

DVD         BEST OF, THE (DVD-A)                                  SILVERLINE US   80989

2002 Collection, DVD-Audio

 

For me, Colosseum filled the gap left by Cream in the British rock universe. I loved that they were jazzy, yet only a rock band. “Jumping Off The Sun” was a genius track that I return to often; doesn’t appear to have been issued in Britain until this century!

 

With Jack Bruce’s recent passing, I am again reminded how much this band meant to me. It’s intelligent rock music from England – and very few people ever heard it in this country – despite their entire original catalogue having been issued here (on Dunhill and Warner / Bronze).

 

The “Supershow” DVD is a nice treat for Colosseum fans, they have a really good performance in it, and the irritant factors have been removed from the present day edition of the DVD. Looks like a great show, anyway.

Colosseum

12-27-11                Colosseum

LP                COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM (Collection)                          BRONZE DE          85815 IT

1971 8 TRK Collection

LP                COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM (Collection)                          ISLAND/BRO UK   ILPS 9173

1971 8 TRK Collection, UK original

CD                COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                                   SEQUEL US          1006.2

1971 7 TRKS (1 x bonus track) Live

LPx2            COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                                   ISLAND/BRO UK   ICD 1

1971 6 TRKS Live, red plastic sleeves

CD                DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                               SEQUEL UK          NEXCD 256

1970 8 TRKS (’93 issue, re-master) Vertigo

LP                DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                               DUNHILL US         DSX 50101

1970 8 TRKS US version, promo

LP                GRASS IS GREENER, THE                                                     DUNHILL US         DS 50079

1969 8 TRKS US only LP!

LP                THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (UK)     FONTANA UK        STL 5510

1969 8 TRKS UK original

LP                THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (US)     DUNHILL US         DS 50062

1969 6 TRKS US version

CD                THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU re          SANCTUARY UK   SMQCD 096

1969 14 TRKS (6 x bonus tracks) (’04 issue)

LP                VALENTYNE SUITE                                                                  VERTIGO UK         VO 1

1969 7 TRKS UK original

CDx2           VALENTYNE SUITE / GRASS IS GREENER, THE re         SANCTUARY UK   SMEDD 097

1969/70 15 TRKS (’04 issue)(2 x bonus tracks)

7″                 WALKING IN THE PARK promo                                             DUNHILL US         D-4200

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

If one was a Cream fan at the end of the 60’s, you eventually heard about Colosseum.  Drummer Jon Hisemen knew Jack Bruce fairly well – they played together in the Mike Taylor Trio – a jazz band.  Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker had been in The Graham Bond Organization, and when they left to form Cream, Hiseman took over on drums.  Another Graham Bond connection to Colosseum is that the original GBO sax player, Dick Heckstall-Smith, was also in Colosseum.

The first thing I found by Colosseum was their US LP “The Grass Is Greener” on Dunhill Records.  It has the LP cover of their 2nd UK LP, “Valentyne Suite” – but it has a lot of new songs, too!  Ever hear “Jumping Off The Sun” by Colosseum?  It’s an extremely neat slice of UK ’69 progressive rock – a 3 minute pop song, but with a lot of super playing going on in it.  It sounds like it belongs on “Goodbye Cream”’s studio side!

In the mid-80’s, I befriended Cream’s lyricist, Pete Brown.  Mr. Brown introduced me to Dick Heckstall-Smith, around the time of his great autobiography, “The Safest Place In The World”.

I continued to follow both Jon Hiseman and Dick Heckstall-Smith, after Colosseum folded in ’71.  Heckstall-Smith’s “A Story Ended” (1972) is one of my all-time favorite albums, and I was pleased to be able to tell him so.  Hiseman eventually fronted Tempest, with Paul Williams (Juicy Lucy)  on vocals – anybody who is familiar with Tempest knows how good it is – Allan Holdsworth was the guitarist!