Live In Cologne

Reunion Concert 1994

"Live In Cologne 1994" (SJPCD142)

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)

Reunion Concert 1994 (SJPCD275)

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)