LP COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM (Collection) BRONZE DE 85815 IT
1971 8 TRK Collection
LP COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM (Collection) ISLAND/BRO UK ILPS 9173
1971 8 TRK Collection, UK original
CD COLOSSEUM LIVE SEQUEL US 1006.2
1971 7 TRKS (1 x bonus track) Live
LPx2 COLOSSEUM LIVE ISLAND/BRO UK ICD 1
1971 6 TRKS Live, red plastic sleeves
CD DAUGHTER OF TIME SEQUEL UK NEXCD 256
1970 8 TRKS (’93 issue, re-master) Vertigo
LP DAUGHTER OF TIME DUNHILL US DSX 50101
1970 8 TRKS US version, promo
LP GRASS IS GREENER, THE DUNHILL US DS 50079
1969 8 TRKS US only LP!
LP THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (UK) FONTANA UK STL 5510
1969 8 TRKS UK original
LP THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (US) DUNHILL US DS 50062
1969 6 TRKS US version
CD THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU re SANCTUARY UK SMQCD 096
1969 14 TRKS (6 x bonus tracks) (’04 issue)
LP VALENTYNE SUITE VERTIGO UK VO 1
1969 7 TRKS UK original
CDx2 VALENTYNE SUITE / GRASS IS GREENER, THE re SANCTUARY UK SMEDD 097
1969/70 15 TRKS (’04 issue)(2 x bonus tracks)
7″ WALKING IN THE PARK promo DUNHILL US D-4200
1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
If one was a Cream fan at the end of the 60’s, you eventually heard about Colosseum. Drummer Jon Hisemen knew Jack Bruce fairly well – they played together in the Mike Taylor Trio – a jazz band. Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker had been in The Graham Bond Organization, and when they left to form Cream, Hiseman took over on drums. Another Graham Bond connection to Colosseum is that the original GBO sax player, Dick Heckstall-Smith, was also in Colosseum.
The first thing I found by Colosseum was their US LP “The Grass Is Greener” on Dunhill Records. It has the LP cover of their 2nd UK LP, “Valentyne Suite” – but it has a lot of new songs, too! Ever hear “Jumping Off The Sun” by Colosseum? It’s an extremely neat slice of UK ’69 progressive rock – a 3 minute pop song, but with a lot of super playing going on in it. It sounds like it belongs on “Goodbye Cream”’s studio side!
In the mid-80’s, I befriended Cream’s lyricist, Pete Brown. Mr. Brown introduced me to Dick Heckstall-Smith, around the time of his great autobiography, “The Safest Place In The World”.
I continued to follow both Jon Hiseman and Dick Heckstall-Smith, after Colosseum folded in ’71. Heckstall-Smith’s “A Story Ended” (1972) is one of my all-time favorite albums, and I was pleased to be able to tell him so. Hiseman eventually fronted Tempest, with Paul Williams (Juicy Lucy) on vocals – anybody who is familiar with Tempest knows how good it is – Allan Holdsworth was the guitarist!