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Colosseum LiveS - The Reunion Concerts 1994 album cover
4.10 | 35 ratings | 3 reviews | 41% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Those About to Die... (5:06)
2. Elegy (4:17)
3. The Valentyne Suite (20:41) :
- a) January's Search
- b) February's Valentyne
- c) The Grass Is Always Greener
4. Theme for an Imaginary Western (6:30)
5. The Machine Demands Another Sacrifice (2:02)
6. Solo Colonia (12:27)
7. Lost Angeles (13:22)
8. Stormy Monday Blues (12:11)

Total Time 76:36

Line-up / Musicians

- Chris Farlowe / vocals
- Dave Greenslade / Hammond organ, vibraphone, remixing, E-mu Proteus 2, Roland U-20
- Mark Clarke / bass, vocals, amplifiers
- Dave Clempson ('Clem') / electric & acoustic guitar, vocals
- Dick Heckstall-Smith / soprano & tenor saxophones
- Jon Hiseman / gong, Pearl drums, Paiste cymbals

Releases information

Cloud Nine Records #CLD 9190-2 CD

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COLOSSEUM LiveS - The Reunion Concerts 1994 ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(41%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (6%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

COLOSSEUM LiveS - The Reunion Concerts 1994 reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars OK, I became aware of this album very recently and , by jove (for Belgians only), I wish I had sooner. What a pleasure to listen to Valentyne Suite by this line-up. That particular number along with Lost Angeles are my fave from this band . A good mix of Litherland-Reeves era and Clempson-Clarke-Farlowe era. I don't know of humanship here as Farlowe has a very unhealthy taste for nazi-memorabilia, but it does not interfere with his superb voice .
Review by kev rowland
4 stars Considering the band were only in existence for three years they had enormous impact on the progressive and jazz rock scenes, and to hear them again some twenty-two years after they broke up is quite something (even more remarkable is that they are soon to release a new studio album and are touring again!). The band came from many backgrounds, but brought into the rock arena a strong love and understanding for both the blues and jazz.

Jon Hiseman has long been rated as one of the best jazz drummers around; while there can be few sax players in the world that can stay the pace with Dick Heckstall-Smith. Add to that the guitar skills of Clem Clempson and keyboard playing of Dave Greenslade, with the vocals of Chris Farlowe (surely one of our most under-rated singers) and bassist Mark Clarke and here was the 1971 line-up back in full flow.

Not really a band made for singles or the radio, this is a band that strived on improvisation and building on each other, and so many years later that is still very evident in their performance. Yes, there are loads of solos and long instrumental passages, but the music just sounds right ? created by people with tremendous skill and mastery of their craft but at the same time not being overindulgent (well, not too much). They know when the time is right to bring the rest of the band back in.

A tremendous gig by a band on top form ? Hiseman says that the years apart have meant that they now play better than ever, he could well be right.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Old boys get together...still they´re great......i remember Colosseum in the old days. Great music,great musicianship.....ah...the voice of Farlowe!! These "old" boys are still the best in their field!! Colosseum rules. If you liked those fabulous records back then!! THIS is right up your alley!! ... (read more)

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