Colosseum

12-27-11                Colosseum

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!

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