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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Raw Power Sampler Various Artists 1
1991 Hifi Visionen: Oldie-CD 22 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Legends Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Collection Various Artists 1
1993 Beat-Club: Das Original, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 The World of Psychedelic: Eight Miles High Various Artists 1
1996 An Instrumental Thing Various Artists 1
1996 And the Heavens Cried Various Artists 1
1996 Masters of Rock Various Artists 1
1998 The Rock Box (K-tel Entertainment (UK) Ltd release) Various Artists 1
2000 Psychedelica Various Artists 1
2000 Serious Underground Various Artists 1
2000 The Best of Progressive Rock Various Artists 1
2001 Funkrock Various Artists 1
2001 A Break From the Norm Fatboy Slim 4 2
2002 Dig the Slowness Various Artists 2
2003 Essential Progressive Rock Various Artists 1
2003 The Best Prog Rock Album in the World… Ever! Various Artists 1
2004 Journey to the Edge: Progressive Rock Classics Various Artists 1
2005 Time Machine: A Vertigo Retrospective Various Artists 1
2005 Ars Longa Vita Brevis Various Artists 1
2005 The Best Symfo Rock Various Artists 1
2006 treibhaus.at - Open Air Am Volksgarten Various Artists 1
2007 Classic Rock: 100% Live Various Artists 1
2007 100% Rock Live Various Artists 1
2010 Wondrous Stories: A Complete Introduction to Progressive Rock Various Artists 1
2010 Wondrous Stories: 34 Artists That Shaped the Prog Rock Era Various Artists 1
2012 Greatest Ever! Prog Rock - The Definitive Collection Various Artists 1
2014 FM4 Soundselection: 31 Various Artists 1
2017 Summer of Love: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2017 Prog Rock and Beyond Various Artists 1
The Very Best of 25 Years British Blues Various Artists 1
www.rockstars.gr Various Artists 1

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