Category Archives: COLOSSEUM
…the concert is more than competently filmed, and the documentary contains priceless archive footage…Colosseum: grizzled but great.
Michael Heatley, Classic Rock (March 2003)
This well-filmed, good-sounding release from the Angel Air label captures the best line-up the band ever had…A must for all Colosseum fans.
Tony Shevlin, East Anglian Times (January 2003)
This is one of those DVDs where everything comes together in a perfect package…As a unit the band are incredibly tight, and produce music that is extremely complex with enough time changes and note density to please even the most unconvinced prog head. Add to that the power and presence of Chris Farlowe, who proves that he is still a vocalistto be reckoned with, and this concert is a joy from start to finish.
But if that wasn’t enough, there is a 90 minute documentary detailing the complete history of the band, which is jam packed with interviews and relevant footage and photos…If you are a proghead, yet have never heard Colosseum before…then this is a wonderful introduction.
Kevin Rowland, ghostland.com (June 2003)
There’s a 90 minute ‘Story of Colosseum’ which is fine stuff. The music – well if you liked Colosseum then you’ll love this and you’ll want it in your collection. That whole thing about Those About To Die Salute You and Valentyne Suite was a superb period of music, evolution and development for so many great names and bands that it must not be ignored. The aforementioned albums are and remain classics of their time and in many ways timeless pieces too. Here we have the classic line-up and Chris Farlowe in a rousing Stormy Monday. Each player takes his turn at soloing and it is good to watch
Caleb, Blues Matters (July 2003)
The concert is great, one of the best live DVDs of recent years. But the real meat in this package is delivered by the bonus feature, a 90 minute Story Of Colosseum documentary that itself serves up both fascinating footage and a treasure-trove of memories.
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (August 2004)
Imagine taking Blood, Sweat & Tears or the original Chicago, then add more Classical influence, more Blues and make them very British. Also consider taking Jethro Tull and adding more Blues and Rock. Either way, you would then begin to get the idea of Colosseum, which one member may rightly claim is the first such band of its kind.
Any inspiration by or influence either of or on Van Morrison is a separate essay, but Colosseum Live – Colosseum Lives – The Complete Reunion Concert – Cologne 1994 is a solid new DVD that gives a fine overview of the band then and now.
Nicholas Sheffo, www.fulvuedrive-in.com
Begun in the 1960s, the guys in Colosseum burned out rather quickly and disbanded in 1971. This DVD features the band’s reunion concert…23 years later (!)…in Cologne. Colosseum is/was Jon Hiseman, Chris Farlowe, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Clem Clempson, Mark Clarke, and Dave Greenslade.
Colosseum truly was the perfect merging of blues with progressive rock. The rhythm section is dense and thick…while the heady guitars and keyboards drive the music forward.
In addition to the concert, this DVD includes a 90 minute documentary entitled “The Story of Colosseum.” This is recommended for fans of the band as well as anyone interested in progressive rock bands from the twentieth century. Good entertainment value here. (Rating: 4++++)
Babysue (January 2006)
COLOSSEUM is yet another legendary UK band from the 1970s of whom now a reunion DVD is available. The reunion took place in 1994 in Germany, so 10 years went by before it was captured on DVD, but in 2004 the DVD was released of his historic event.
I have to say that I don’t think COLOSSEUM was one of the better bands in the British Rockscene from the 1970s, but still I guess the true fans of the band will be happy with this DVD release, because it contains the full concert from 1994 and a 90 minutes counting documentary on the band. The total playing time of the DVD is more than 3 hours, so you definitely get value for your money. (Points: 8.0 out of 10)
Gabor Kleinbloesem, Strutter’Zine (January 2006)
The individual skills of each member goes without saying but seeing them here together again after so many years, playing better than ever…is a joy to watch…
The documentary is a must see for long-time fans of the band…an indispensible addition to every Colosseum and 70s music lovers DVD library.
Sea of Tranquility (January 2006)
It’s spectacular…the musicianship is undeniably stunning…
A deserving re-release for a wonderful postscript to the history of a great band
Subba Cultcha (January 2006)
In the late 1960s, Colosseum were one of the first bands to mix jazz and rock together. However, that shouldn’t deter you from trying this CD as they always veered towards the rockier side… it is a superb evocation of what the band was about.
The CD features half-a-dozen tracks from the barnstorming opener For Those About To Die and a new interpretation of Stormy Monday. A companion DVD contains a revamp of their Valentine Suite. *** Nigel Filby, Diss Express (August 2008)
The band really blends together well, with some great ensemble playing along with room for the musicians to show their wares too…This is a very good release from a much underrated band.
Bernard Law, Classic Rock Society (August 2008)
The performance is so polished it is difficult to believe this was only their second concert after 23 years…
Sound, picture and camera work are excellent and it is the next best thing to being there…
A great DVD for Colosseum fans and also for anyone interested in jazz/rock fusion of a very unique style.
Amplifier, Issue 99
Vocalist Chris Farlowe, saxist Dick Heckstall-Smith and drummer Hiseman are in particularly fine fettle throughout a highly musicianly set…
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (and various regionals)
…seamless blend of blues, jazz and expansive prog-flavoured rock
Steve Caseman, RocknReel (October 2008)
Colosseum belong in the category of the short-lived but quite influential bands.The band was formed on September 1968 and decided to call it a day for the first time on November 1971. During that period they created their first two albums and toured continuously.
Several years after the dissolution of the band Jon Hiseman (founding member) recruited Gary Moore and Don Airey and created Colosseum II. But ironically, Colosseum II line up lasted for 3 years!!! The bands music style is Progressive Rock with plenty of Jazz and Blues influences.
Back to history: 23 years after their first split up the original members of the band persuaded Jon Hiseman (founding member) to reform the band for a couple of gigs. Jon contacted his agents in Europe and after a couple of days his German agent offered him a 30 gig tour.
This CD is the second to be released as additional part of the Concert that the band played in Cologne-Germany in 1994 and contains six really classic Colosseum songs with “Those about to die”as my personal favourite.
The quality of the recording is not questionable to all of you acquainted to the band. For all of you who do not know them , the only thing that I can say is that their live performances can put many bands to shame. The audience’s participation is present throughout the show. There is also a good balance between the elements of improvisation and the technical ability of the members of the band – really impressive. But most importantly this gig was part of the reunion tour of the band, which is at the studio as we speak mixing their new album.
I really enjoyed listening to this CD and hope i’ll be able to catch them on their 40 day tour fixed for the Autumn of this year.
John Stefanis, get ready to ROCK! (September 2003)
…all of Colosseum are more than capable of taking the lead with their own department and strength. A storming performance by one of the UK’s finest exports…
Martin Hudson, Classic Rock Society (Nov/Dec2003)
Yes, there are loads of solos and long instrumental passages, but the music just sounds right – created by people with tremendous skill and mastery of their craft but at the same time not being over-indulgent…A tremendous gig by a band on top form…
Feedback (Nov 2003)
…Farlowe is in especially excellent voice, while his bandmates seethe with an energy that absolutely belies the two decades or so that hung between this show and the one recorded for the Live double in 1971…
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, (December 12, 2003)
This stylish live package captures their jazzy brand of rock at its most potent…
Kevin Bryan, (January 2004)