What does it sound like?:
Colosseum’s third studio album, originally released in 1970, is the next in their catalogue to be given a(nother) rerelease, with the addition of three bonus tracks.
This album was recorded at a time when there were some major comings and goings within the band, with only one track featuring all the six official members. There is something of a melancholy air pervading the album, with song titles such as Three Score Years and Ten Amen, Take Me Back To Doomsday and Bring Out Your Dead. Despite this, it’s actually quite a good album, with orchestral brass and stringed instruments being used to supplement their usual sound to create an at times fascinating melange of prog and jazz fusion. The strongest piece is the Jack Bruce/Pete Brown composition Theme From An Imaginary Western, perhaps better known in it’s incarnations on Bruce’s 1969 Songs For A Tailor album or Mountain’s version from the following year. It’s a bit of a shame some of the pieces aren’t longer – just as they start to develop instrumentally and achieve lift off they are brought to too hasty a conclusion. Having said that, the longest piece here, The Time Machine, which is basically an extended drum solo recorded live, far outstays its welcome. Three bonus tracks are added, of which the lengthy workout The Pirate’s Dream, recorded in 1971, is the pick of the bunch.
What does it all *mean*?
This is a very decent prog album, especially if you like a bit off jazz rock fusion in the mix. Overall, it’s not as good as The Valentyne Suite, but nevertheless it’s certainly worth your attention.
Goes well with…
Reminiscing about the early seventies when complex challenging music like this was very much the order of the day.
Might suit people who like…
Their other albums, prog, fusion.