Colosseum (60s-70s progressive rock band)

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Colosseum was one of the seminal progressive bands that emerged in the late sixties; they disbanded in 1971.

Drummer Jon Hiseman, sax man Dick Heckstall-Smith, keyboard player Dave Greenslade, and guitarist James Litherland were all exceptional talents on their instruments, and the band's extensions on blues and rock forms gave them all room to shine. Their debut album, Those Who Are About to Die Salute You (1969) spotlighted their talents in unusual compositions, and the follow-up, Valentyne Suite (from later the same year), featured the extended title composition filling an entire side of the original LP. As with many British bands of the era, their US releases featured different tracks than the original UK versions. There were some personnel changes before the band's breakup, including Dave Clempson, Chris Farlowe, and Louis Cennamo.

A few years after the demise of Colosseum, Hiseman recruted keyboard player Don Airey (later of Deep Purple), vocalist Mike Starrs, guitar player Gary Moore (ex-Thin Lizzy) and bass-player John Mole in order to form COLOSSEUM II.

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Colosseum were a pioneering English progressive jazz-rock band, mixing progressive rock and jazz-based improvisation.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Those Who Are About to Die Salute You 2
1969 Valentyne Suite 4
1970 Daughter of Time 5
1970 The Grass Is Greener 2
1997 Bread & Circuses 1
2006 Tomorrow's Blues 2
2014 Time on Our Side 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1971 The Collectors 3 2
1986 Epitaph 1
1990 Those Who Are About to Die / Valentyne Suite 1
1991 Daughter of Time 1
1991 The Time Machine 1
2004 An Introduction to... Colosseum 1
2009 Morituri te salutant 1
Anthology 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Live 5
1994 Live Cologne 1994 1
1995 The Reunion Concerts 1994 1
2010 Live05 1
Theme for a Reunion 1

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