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Live [Expanded]
     

Live [Expanded]

by Colosseum
 

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While this is prominently marked as an "expanded edition" in all-caps type on the front sleeve and inner spine, actually this CD reissue offers just one bonus track not on the original, "I Can't Live Without You." It does, like all of Sanctuary's expanded Colosseum CD editions, have excellent historical liner notes by

Overview

While this is prominently marked as an "expanded edition" in all-caps type on the front sleeve and inner spine, actually this CD reissue offers just one bonus track not on the original, "I Can't Live Without You." It does, like all of Sanctuary's expanded Colosseum CD editions, have excellent historical liner notes by David Wells, making it a small but notable upgrade over other versions of the record that have been available. Recorded in March 1971, it wasn't just a souvenir with live versions of favorites, although studio versions of half of the songs ("Walking in the Park," "Rope Ladder to the Moon," and "Lost Angeles") had appeared on prior albums. There were also three previously unrecorded items, those being the bluesy 15-minute Clem Clemson-Jon Hiseman original "Skellington," "Tanglewood '63" (in which Dick Heckstall-Smith's jazz sax came to the forefront), and the ten-minute charge through the standard "Stormy Monday Blues." Even on some of the songs that had been previously issued on studio releases, there's the difference of hearing Chris Farlowe (who didn't join until mid-1970) on lead vocals -- a blessing or a curse, depending on your taste for his piledriving approach. Credit should be given to Colosseum for giving the album a markedly different approach than their studio outings, and it does demonstrate their prowess as a muscular live outfit with a taste for blending progressive rock, jazz, and blues. But like many a live effort it does tend toward too-long arrangements, none of the songs clocking in under the seven-minute barrier. [An expanded version contained a bonus track, "I Can't Live Without You."]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
5050749211828
catalogNumber:
4921182
Rank:
15961

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Colosseum   Primary Artist
Chris Farlowe   Vocals
Dave Greenslade   Organ,Vibes
Dave "Clem" Clempson   Guitar,Vocals
Jon Hiseman   Drums

Technical Credits

Jack Bruce   Composer
Chris Farlowe   Composer,Personnel
Graham Bond   Composer
Colosseum   Producer,Personnel
Dave Greenslade   Composer,Personnel
Gerry Bron   Executive Producer,Personnel
Pete Brown   Composer
Dave "Clem" Clempson   Composer,Personnel
Peter Gallen   Engineer,Remixing,Personnel
Dick Heckstall-Smith   Composer
Jon Hiseman   Composer,Producer,Author,Personnel
James Litherland   Composer
Keef   Cover Design,Personnel
Hedley Leyton   Executive Producer,Personnel
Becky Stewart   Reissue Design
David Wells   Sleeve Notes

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