COLOSSEUM Live Cologne 1994(Angel Air SJPCD162) (2003)
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 audiences
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.