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Grass Is Greener Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (July 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • ASIN: B004X1M3O8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jumping Off the Sun
2. Lost Angeles
3. Elegy
4. Butty's Blues
5. Rope Ladder To the Moon
6. Bolero
7. The Machine Demands a Sacrifice
8. The Grass is Greener
9. Lost Angeles [Live Version] [Live][*][Version]

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1970 album from one of the pivotal Progressive bands that emerged in the second part of the '60s. One of the most influential of the early British Prog Rock bands, Colosseum fused an adventurous approach to Rock with strong Jazz and Blues influences and classical keyboard accents. In contrast to other albums by Colosseum, The Grass Is Greener was released only in the United States. It includes a few songs that were on the earlier release, Valentyne Suite, as well as several cuts only released on this album. Talking Elephant.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BBCWiHi on January 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
... but a 'C' for execution on this one.

Oh, there are plenty of pluses: The music is wonderful, by and large; the remixing is solid; the packaging is both thoughtful and tasteful; and the liner notes, while sparse, provide at least a little basic insight into what makes the album such a collector's item. (Long story short: The LP was released only in the United States on ABC/Dunhill records in the spring of 1970; Thanks to tweaking of tracks that parallels Capitol Records' treatment of the Beatles' early catalogue, ABC/Dunhill's versions of Colosseum's first two records bear only a passing resemblance to the versions released by Vertigo in the UK.) The rare studio version of the live favorite "Lost Angeles" gets the most attention from collectors, but "Jumping Off The Sun" was always a hidden gem in Colosseum's quiver. (Note: Talking Elephant correctly uses the original version with Clempson's vocals, not the remix with Chris Farlowe singing lead.)

This would be an almost seamless release, except for one massive brain fart: Two of the tracks included here -- "Butty's Blues" and "The Machine Demands A Sacrifice" -- are the WRONG tracks.

That is, to say, they're the originals from 1969's "Valentyne Suite," with James Litherland on vocals and guitars, NOT the ones remade with Clem Clempson. Considering that Clempson's performance is 75 percent of what makes "Grass" unique, this an egregious error on the part of the label and of the compiler. If somebody's got a copy of the original Dunhill LP and it's got Litherland's lead vocals on anything but "Elegy," then I apologize and stand corrected. But ...

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Boheeber on December 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This collection Valentyne Suite contains all the music on The Grass Is Greener plus the Valentyne Suite album. There is some duplication across the two CDs, as The Grass Is Greener was released only in the USA on Dunhill records. Get more for your money and buy the Valentyne Suite/Grass Is Greener double CD.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on October 24, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I thought the Grass Is Greener was an entirely different album, so I'm somewhat shocked that it takes pieces of the Valentyne Suite and includes only a few different songs. So I take it the band didn't feel like recording enough material at the time for an entirely new album so they took parts of the Valentyne Suite with a few other completed songs and plopped them down to make an album intended for us Americans only. I can't help but feel cheated! Well I mean, assuming I was alive in the early 70's and found out there were two different Colosseum albums floating around with omissions and replacements. The Valentyne Suite is much better overall mainly for the dazzling title song. Nothing of THAT intensity is included here (but "Bolero" comes close!)

"The Grass Is Greener" is a significantly tamer version of the first part of the Valentyne Suite. Instead of in your face outrageous keyboard jams with a thrilling dramatic intro, this is basically the same idea but, well, tame. The light moody keyboard fills, the Van Der Graaf Generator-like intro, the guitar solo... okay admittedly the guitar solo starts off moody and basic only to gradually pick up in an exciting way as the song rolls along, but by then it's over. Meh...

"Lost Angeles" is only 5 and a half minutes long which means because I'm used to the couple of live versions I've heard, this version can only feel incomplete... and it does. At least the vocal melody is memorable as I remember, but the song clumsily moves onto the guitar solo in a sudden and ineffective way that's not NEARLY as mind-blowing as the live versions. The guitar work never leaves much of an impression either. I distinctly remember being floored by every single note on the live versions. Not so here.
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