Colosseum: Live (1971) {2004 Remaster + Bonus Track} [FLAC]

Artist: Colosseum

Album: Live

Genre: Jazz-Fusion, Progressive Rock
Year: 1971
Country: England
Label/Catalog: Sanctuary Midline / SMRCD118 (2004 Remaster)

Format: FLAC

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Recorded in March 1971, Live wasn't just a souvenir with live versions of favorites, although studio versions of half of the songs ("Walking in the Park," "Rope Ladder to the Moon," and "Lost Angeles") had appeared on prior albums. There were also three previously unrecorded items, those being the bluesy 15-minute Clem Clemson-Jon Hiseman original "Skellington," "Tanglewood '63" (in which Dick Heckstall-Smith's jazz sax came to the forefront), and the ten-minute charge through the standard "Stormy Monday Blues." Even on some of the songs that had been previously issued on studio releases, there's the difference of hearing Chris Farlowe (who didn't join until mid-1970) on lead vocals -- a blessing or a curse, depending on your taste for his piledriving approach. Credit should be given to Colosseum for giving the album a markedly different approach than their studio outings, and it does demonstrate their prowess as a muscular live outfit with a taste for blending progressive rock, jazz, and blues. But like many a live effort it does tend toward too-long arrangements, none of the songs clocking in under the seven-minute barrier. (Richie Unterberger @ AllMusic)

01 Rope Ladder To The Moon (9:43)
02 Walking In The Park (8:21)
03 Skelington (14:52)
04 Tanglewood '63 (10:12)
05 Stormy Monday (7:29)
06 Lost Angeles (15:43)
Bonus Tracks
07 I Can't Live Without You (7:28)

Chris Farlowe - vocals
Dave Greenslade - organ, keyboards, vibraphone
Mark Clarke - bass, vocals
Dave "Clem" Clempson - guitar, vocals
Dick Heckstall-Smith - saxophone, soprano sax, tenor sax
Jon Hiseman - drums, producer

Originally released as Bronze Records ICD 1-2 in 1971.



  1. Colosseum ... Well, one of the best bands that ever existed! Too bad it's so short!

    Jazz rock not one has a name. Sometimes it is actually jazz, only that musicians hooked up to electricity. Often it is a rock with jazz inserts and arrangements. They are in the mainstream of things very avant-garde, psychedelic, quiet, but also and more energetic than not one hard rock band. There are also the usual rock songs. But such a little different, so they were actually hard to say whether it is rock, jazz, blues or something else, or maybe all three together. And so I played the British team Colosseum. This group is one of the forerunners of mixing rock and jazz. Maybe not such pre precursors which are trying to play fusion before anyone ever heard of such a species, gentlemen of the Colosseum were one of the first. But it was one of those bands that set the tone for jazz-rock with muddy when the idea began to turn into a new trend of music, be seen at full power.

    Colosseum, which has never played above the suggested hour avant-garde impression. They were just songs, but for what? Swinging jazz, slightly rozimprowizowane of rock claw, with a number of blues flavors, excellent melodies, to the well-played. The team operated from 68-71 years (later a revived, but the longer I do not know, it seems a little smacks cereal, but I do not know), of which perhaps the greatest splendor lived in 69, when he released two of his best studio albums. So the music is generally a relatively simple, but well-arranged. Owes more to the shorter forms, although, of course, the suite also happened to them. In fact, hard for me to imagine jazz rock more accessible to the layman than the Colosseum.

    In March 1971 the band played at Manchester University and the Big Apple in Brighton. For these concerts is juxtaposed Live music Colosseum.

    'Colosseum Live' is, however, a special case. First, we have a record that does not have these (tracks)on albums studio (except for 'Walking in the Park'), though some of them are covers. So it once was: a study before you burn all the material was for many months plays at concerts. No wonder that later emerged from the great studio album. And second, the disc is played perfectly. There is no way for any errors or shortcomings.

  2. The album begins atomic 'Road Ladder to the Moon'. From the very first bars it is known that there is a perfectly harmonious band. And while he begins to sing ... Chris Farlowe The guy has a voice like no bell, but as ten bells. And best of all, it does not make him sing effortlessly, freely moves along the scale. Phenomenal! No wonder that the gentlemen of the Colosseum got rid of the previous singer, Litherland, who did not have these conditions. Apparently, thanked him, because it drowned out the band in concert. The Farlow certainly was not the problem.
    'Walking in the Park' begins my favorite announcement of Chris: We've got a Philips cassette downstairs, followed by a room howling with laughter. And then we started the famous Hey, ho, hey ho, and you begin to flip Farlowe vocals with (tibiripapa, jeje) Dave Clempsonem and keyboards. Dick Hekstall-Smith gives his all on the saxophone. But the indomitable element, especially as the team begins to accelerate.
    'Skellington' begins with vocals Farlow, then we know that it will be blues. Well, it is. Racial bluesior of solo Clempsona, gradually accelerating. Then Mr. Dave little wheezes, and it is a weaker part of the music (well but in the end The bow guitar too tired). Fortunately, at the end of the team gets going again. And have a little time, because the recording is over 14 minutes. A completely at the very end does the vocal Farlowe eggs (let them hide Scatman if anyone else remembers it ;-)), but let someone try to repeat ...
    'Tanglewood'63' is my favorite video from the set. First Heckstall-Smith gently on the saxophone, followed by the rest of the team takes over the melody, the vocals. There are only vocals (papapa, papapapapapapapa), but how they sing! Farlowe color reaches so deep that the bottom of the well, which comes out of his voice, you can not see. How to duplicate Hammond organ and saxophone! Then he gets his 5 minutes only saxophone, saxophones rather, because Mr. Dick game at a time for two copies of them. A return again at the end of a great vocal. Great video.
    I play-off: 'Stormy Monday Blues'. As the name suggests, is a slow and bluesy. And Mr. Chris again, forcing myself improvising Clempsona to follow suit. Of course, poor Dave has no chance, though fighting valiantly. And according to tradition, the band at the end of speeds.
    And to close - a classic: 'Lost Angeles'. Another great number is slowly starting to play the Hammond organ and singing Chris Farlow: The truth that I sing and the words that I bring are all meant for you ... Authorities with the saxophone build tension, accompanied by a guitar. Sad sad town, sad sad town in the burning desert. Shanty town, shanty town, Shanty town of the millionaire - Chris pulls his story. And then just a runaway team, saxophone and guitar solo THIS. Take me away if you please, get me away from Lost Angeles ... The studio version of this song was about 6 minutes. Here is the 15th
    As a bonus, we get a recording of "I Can not Live Without You." Not bad, but the 'Lost Angeles' already sounds are all unnecessary.

  3. This album is an absolute classic. Jazz rock perfect record live album is a great piece. Aligning the rhythm section, to determine which I have no adjectives (someone once wrote that Hisemana play the drums should let domorosłym drummers that broke the sticks and gave it up, knowing that this class will never reach) the Hammond organ, saxophone and guitar so that you could improvise freely, knowing that the other is just cavil, the agreement requires incredible musicians. And yet this Farlowe ... Probably one of the better, though underrated, singers of the time.
    'Live' is probably the best thing Colosseum recorded, although they did not have weak boards. One can only regret that it was the studio album of recordings (some of them admittedly poupychano studio versions on various compilations and as bonus to base plates). But quite a hair-raising idea that men were not happy with the sound concert and did not want to spend it, and tape recordings, intended to clear the ... Well, that, however, changed their minds.

    Ratings I do not stick out, because the lack of scale...."Colosseum Live" I consider the best live rock album in ever. The main reason is its energy, pulsating as the speed of the drums or the organ or the guitar, or powerful accents of bass, sax and drums together, or beautiful melodies of most. There is also the perfection of the musicians who play rather complicated parts without sliding and stumbling over them but with improvised parts modified and extended from the album versions of the same songs. It is not just a show of ability to play as well as record, but so much more as can only be expected from a live performance. All done in great taste and class without extended periods of just a show how fast one can play or how much noise a particular instrument can make. After so many years it is still one of the best live albums ever made.

    Thx my friends,David & Carlos
    all the best!

  4. Thanks a lot for your help Micose and you Adamus for your comments

    1. I hope that your health is OK!
      Have you been my email, so give zinc as something you need prepare review, etc.. ;)
      big hugs, my friend!

  5. In Audiochecker these tracks are 95% MPEG. This is not a CD Rip.

  6. Used auCDtectTaskManager and agree with comment above these are 95% MPEG files so if you like this just think how much better it would sound if it was CD quality.

  7. Não conheço a banda, baixei só porque a PV gosta e vou entrar na onda de que "Ela" tem bom gosto, kkkkkk
    Depois que ouvir, deixo um coment.....
    Valeu gente!

  8. History of rock ...thank you very much!!!

  9. Link is dead :< Can you reupload? Thank you :)


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