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Colosseum II


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.67 | 123 ratings

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4 stars The debut of Colosseum 2 would have been a big topic at appearance. Zeal to band by Jon Hiseman to say nothing of it. And, the point to have made this band appoint Gary Moore as a guitar player. Or, the appointment of Neil Murray and Don Airey might completely act on the music character of this band, too. The methodology of the sense of Jon Hiseman and the music character that should be aimed is completely expressed by the content of this album.

However, it was necessary to pile up a very long history by the time the music character that Jon Hiseman reached this Colosseum 2 and the quality is high was achieved. And, how Colosseum 2 contained zeal and inevitability might be understood if it thinks about the transition of the history of the music character by chasing it.

The activity of music for Jon Hiseman exactly extended to Taki and was done. Work in 1966 with Graham Bond Organization. And, it works with John Mayall 's Bluesbreakers in 1967. These parts might have contributed to the item of the music of Britain at that time attended with the element of Blues and the element of JazzRock. And, zeal to the music of Jon Hiseman at the time of 1968 became the shape of Colosseum and was expressed. Colosseum will have been one of the complete mode of expressions for Jon Hiseman.

However, changing places of the member of the band and musical diffusion temporarily shifted to the part in Tempest for Colosseum. The album of Tempest announced in 1973 will have been one exactly reformation of Blues Rock of Britain and Jazz Rozk in the field. And, it is also true that the measurable figure became complete as a part where various musicians who surround the band at this time also produce the music of one main current.

To proceed to the next step, Jon Hiseman that establishes one music in the flow that shifts from Colosseum to Tempest starts groping. And, Jon Hiseman felt the importance of Colosseum again in about one year. This Colosseum took the shape of Colosseum 2 and was reorganized in 1976. It was said that the theme that became a nucleus for Colosseum 2 was ensemble. The member who had been appointed to achieve the perfect ensemble and a high-quality music character completely acted on the zeal of Jon Hiseman. The point that should make a special mention especially by the content of this album is Ensemble of a complete band. And, it might be goodness of the compatibility of Gary Moore and Don Airey. The music character that should be aimed at that time at the time of thought by the member of this band acts as an exactly good chemical reaction because of the performance.

"Dark Side Of The Moog" shows ensemble of a complete band. The rhythm of a complex melody and fast 6 continues an overwhelming tension and the excitement. Dash feeling of Moog. Riff of guitar that continues straining. The flood of the melody and the rhythm intermittently repeated changes gradually. A heavy rhythm accompanies Interplay while putting fast and slow. The Spacey part might act on the tune well, too. The synthesizer that expands the width of the tune makes a good flow.

"Down To You" was a tune done by Joni Mitchell. If the arrangement of a tune each other is listened and compared, it might be interesting. The performance of Colosseum emphasizes Rock and ensemble further though Joni Mictchell expressed the element of a piano and a few orchestras having it. The song with the atmosphere of good Jazz while emphasizing the part of Free Tempo twines. The progress of a chorus and complete Chord is an arrangement for them. The anacatesthesia of the piano and the guitar is also splendid. And, the development of the rhythm of eight in close relation to twining of the synthesizer and the complexity expresses a progressive part. And, the melody and the song with expression of feelings are continued.

Be the obbligati of Moog and the feature in "Gemini And Leo" to emphasize Cowbell. The element of the part and Funk that Blues is good is taken and the dash feeling is produced. However, the atmosphere of British Jazz Rock that flows to the whole volume has acted well. An intermittent rhythm and the composition are complete.

In "Secret Places", a bright melody and the dash feeling are features. The line of the keyboard and Bass does good work. Gary Moore might also participate in the chorus. The explosion by Solo of the guitar and the part of Twin Bass Drum also contribute. The flow where it dashes while putting fast and slow gives production to run about the space.

"On Second Thoughts" starts by the melody of a good guitar. This tune is a tune made from Gary Moore. The melody of a good ballade has acted on the tune well. Melody of song that puts out element of Jazz ahead. Complete obbligati with synthesizer. The arrangement by the band is perfect. And, Solo of the guitar that Gary Moore did is an eminent performance. It might be one of the good performances in playing the guitar that he has done before. The tune advances while continuing the anacatesthesia. A solemn melody in the part of Coda is splendid.

"Winds" might be a tune with which the zeal of this band is blocked enough. The flow that multiused the note from Solo of a light drum for six minutes will call the excitement. Progress and arrangement of Chord developed one after another. The continuousness of the sound in close relation to the complexity is splendid. Solo and the dash feeling of Moog continue a good tension. Progressing a tune advanced as fast Passage is kept creates one space.

Zeal to the music of Jon Hiseman was completely expressed by this album with the member of the band. And, this album will be sure to be a masterpiece in the history of British Jazz Rock.

Kazuhiro | 4/5 |


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