COLLECTOR'S COLOSSEUM BRONZE DE 85815 IT
LP 1971 8 TRK Collection
COLOSSEUM LIVE SEQUEL
CD 1971 7 TRKS Live
COLOSSEUM LIVE ISLAND/BRO
LPx2 1971 6 TRKS Live
DAUGHTER OF TIME SEQUEL
CD 1970 8 TRKS Vertigo
DAUGHTER OF TIME DUNHILL
LP 1970 8 TRKS
GRASS IS GREENER, THE DUNHILL
LP 1969 8 TRKS
THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU DUNHILL
LP 1969 6 TRKS
THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU
LP 1969 8 TRKS
THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT... / VALENTYNE SUITE SEQUEL
CD 1969 13 TRKS, 2 on 1
VALENTYNE SUITE VERTIGO
LP 1969 7 TRKS
I have been a fan of Colosseum for years and years. As a very young fan of Cream, Colosseum were one of the few other British bands of the day that seemed interesting. Remember, this is before the 70’s – you had pop music, then electric blues, then rock bands, jazz bands that became rock…etc. Colosseum is basically a bunch of jazz guys presented as a rock band, at just the right time.
Colosseum’s drummer Jon Hiseman and sax player Dick Heckstall-Smith had been in the famous Graham Bond Organization (which also included future members of Cream Jack Bruce and Terry “Ginger” Baker, as well as the mighty Graham Bond).
I tried Colosseum because I could see that Jack Bruce had a song on their second U.S. album “The Grass Is Greener” (“Rope Ladder To The Moon”) – however, my favorite song there would have to be the original recording of “Jumping Off The Sun” – which got re-recorded for “Collector’s Colosseum”. I also noted that Colosseum were utilizing the services of Cream’s lyricist, Pete Brown.
So, I managed to obtain both “Daughter of Time” and “Colosseum Live” as new releases – better late than never. I didn’t like vocalist Chris Farlowe as well as whoever had been singing for Colosseum, but…
After the end of Colosseum, easily my favorite album is Dick Heckstall-Smith’s “A Story Ended”, with great Pete Brown songs, Graham Bond etc. I met Mr. Heckstall-Smith when his book “Safest Place In The World” was published in
So, let’s just say I am a big Colosseum fan, and remain so after 30+ years of fandom. I saw a video of the reformed band playing in the 90’s, and they were great – and you can’t say that about every 60’s band!