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Colosseum II


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.64 | 88 ratings

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3 stars I really like Colosseum, but Colosseum II is a different band. Even if founded by the same great drummer Jon Hiseman, even from this album's line -up you can easily feel what to expect from this release. And you will hardly make mistake in your expectation - this album is instrumental rock with some jazzy traces on the second plan.

Two musicians are real heroes there - guitarist Gary Moore and keyboard player Don Airey. Never before (in Thin Lizzy) or after (in his blues-rock or pop-rock works) Gary Moore's guitar sounded such fast and technical! Airey's organ passages are great as well, but really they two are great team for playing something like Deep Purple/Whitesnake/Rainbow music! To be honest, on this Colosseum album they are really much more jazz-rockíng than you can expect. But the problem is they are not jazz fusion musicians at all!

And as a result all the album sounds as instrumental symphonic prog album with some rare jazzy elements. And good symphonic prog album! But the problem (at least for me) is I don't expect symphonic prog from Colosseum, there are much better band playing this music. And I can't hear there enough fusion on this album as well.

Not bad album, but for very different listener, than Colosseum fans were before Colosseum II happened.

snobb | 3/5 |


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