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2 stars Released in 2003, Tomorrow's Blues was the second post reformation album from Colosseum. There's a big clue in the title on what to expect here and basically what we have is a Blues album in the main but unfortunately not a fantastic one.

The CD kicks off brilliantly with the title track, Tomorrow's Blues. Rhythmically inventive, lovely arpeggio Guitar playing from "Clem" Clempson, nice solo too and excellent vocals (what else!) from the wonderful voice of Chris Farlowe. In fact the whole band make their presence felt on this excellent song. Unfortunately the rest of the album doesn't live up to this promising start. Not that it's bad, just not terribly exciting. I prefer my Blues a bit rougher round the edges than this very slick approach.

Of course with a band of this calibre the music is brilliantly executed and there are some good moments. Hard Times Rising moves along nicely with a simple groove and I enjoyed Dick Heckstall-Smith's Sax solo and similarly Take the Dark Times With the Sun also has a nice feel to it. The two instrumentals, Arena in the Sun and The Net Man are decent enough, the latter being the better of the two.

Sadly then, especially with the talent on show here, a fairly lack lustre affair with the exception of the title track and if Colosseum ever make another album it will unfortunately be without the talents of Heckstall-Smith, who has sadly passed away since this release. 2 stars.

Nightfly | 2/5 |


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