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VALENTYNE SUITE

Colosseum

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.20 | 255 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars It is difficult to rate this album. The 16 minutes+ title track is a groundbreaking masterpiece! The rest, however, is not very impressive at all. It is basically an eclectic mix of blues and jazz, with a few soul influences and some quite heavy rock. The track Butty's Blues is exactly what the title implies and at over six minutes it is way too long for its own good! This track is clearly the low point of this album.

The whole album is unfortunately very badly recorded (and I'm talking about the remastered version here!). The follow up album, _Daughter of Time_ is better in almost all respects.

The Vallentyne Suite is indeed a classic but this original studio version is not the ultimate version of it in my opinion. I recommend buying the live concert DVD Colloseum Lives: The Complete Reunion Concert instead.

Had this album been better recorded/produced and the other tracks had sounded as good and inspired as the title track, this album would get a much higher rating from me. But as it stands it is only a fair album.

Good, but non-essential

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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