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Digitally remastered reissue of the progressive rock act'slive album, recorded at Manchester University and the BigApple, Brighton, England in March, 1971. Originally releasedon Bronze that same year, it now includes the previouslyunissued 'I Can't Live Without You' as a bonus track, for atotal of seven cuts. Also contains the original cover art.1998 Essential/ Castle release.


1. Rope Ladder To The Moon
2. Walking In The Park
3. Skelington
4. I Can't Live Without You(Previously Unreleased)
5. Tanglewood 63
6. Encore...Stormy Monday Blues
7. Lost Angeles

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Castle Essential
  • ASIN: B00000AFBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rayworth on December 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'll have to admit the reason I bought this album was because it was a double and was cheaper than the other double albums at the time. Wow, what a surprise! I'd never heard of this band before and just took a chance that paid off. This album rocks! I've never been a big fan of jazz-rock but this one really hit it off for me. The musicianship combined with Chris Farlowe's voice makes for an exciting combination that this band never duplicated. Because of this album, I bought an earlier release by them and could hardly listen to it. This album displays some great musicianship and I liked the keyboards, the guitar playing, and especially Dick Heckstall-Smith's double sax playing. Since the demise of Collosseum, I tried to keep track of everyone and was only able to keep up with Greenslade, especially after seeing them play in Madrid, Spain twice. I heard Collosseum got back together again recently and I would love to see that show. I have looked for this locally on CD but all they have is a compilation of their older and newer stuff and if I were to fork out a few bucks for their music, this live album would be my one and only choice. A great album!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. McKenna on March 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was recorded towards the end of Colosseum I's existence, and according to drummer Jon Hiseman, almost NEVER got released (something about planning to erase the original master tape in a fit of perfectionisitic pique). But fate intervened and thankfully, this ferocious classic performance of the mighty Colosseum was preserved intact.

Under Jon Hiseman's leadership, Colosseum created a heady and ferocious brew of progressive rock blues and jazz like nothing else. Capped off with Chris Farlowe's dramatic (sometimes overly so) blues drenched vocals, the band would leave one breathless on a good night.

1. Rope Ladder to the Moon - An ingenious cover of a Jack Bruce song that's actually BETTER than the original! Starting of with arpeggiated guitar and vibes, Chris Farlowe then roars in and takes it to the moon, the intensity builds with a great mid-sction where Dave Greenslade makes his Hammond organ snarl and growl like a hungry lion as Hiseeman eggs him on, the full band comes back in for a fiery conclusion, great way to start off!

2. Walking in the Park - A cranked up blues that dates back to The Graham Bond Organization (of which Dick Heckstall-Smith was a member), taken at such an unsafe tempo it nearly threatens to blow apart but our heroes keep it together and land on their feet.

3. Skellington - Continuing in a bluesy mode but at a slower (relatively speaking)tempo, however, it goes a bit off course betweena pointlessly long psychedelic guitar noise freakout and Chris Farlowe's vocal histrionics. Not a bad song but it could've done without all the excess.

4. Tanglewood. - A serious tour de force! Take one Michael Gibbs composition, rearrange it for these feisty Brits and stand back!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 16, 2009
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One disc 74 minutes approximately. Good mastering-the sound for a live recording from this era is clean and immediate sounding. This album has Chris Farlowe on vocals,whom many feel was a bit over the top in this band. While I too miss the Colosseum of "old",the vocals are a small issue in comparison to the instrumental fireworks of the rest of the band. Clempson's guitar is muscular throughout,Hiseman's drumming is full of energy,and the horns of Heckstall-Smith are as intelligent as ever. The organ work by Greenslade seems to fit in well too. Live,this band must have been something to hear! A combination of rock rhythms and jazz-like arrangements,the total must have been almost overpowering. On disc,the power comes through,especially at a slight elevation of volume. The song choice in a live setting was typical-a selection of tracks that lent themselves to fiery interpretation and extension. Hiseman used to use The Who's LIVE AT LEEDS as an example of what seemed possible in a live setting for his own band.

This concert was at first not to well-liked by the band-they thought of wiping the tapes clean and using them over again. Thankfully that didn't happen,and the result is this visceral,powerful album. While I too miss the subtler vocals of their first albums,at least in a live setting they're not as abrasive sounding as in a studio setting.

This is a good example of music from this period when any and everything seemed possible. This seems to grow on you after a couple of listenings-even the histrionic vocals seem to fit better in this setting. All in all,a welcome addition to the Colosseum catalogue. The booklet is informative,giving a good overview of what this band was going through at the time. I,too,am glad they decided not to wipe the tapes clean. If you give this band a chance,you might feel the same way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I hadn't listened to Colosseum in probably 20 years when I saw this CD in the bargain bin of a local music store. I bought it and put it into my car's CD player on my way home and was thoroughly blown away. They had an energy and cohesiveness which I am certain no group today possesses. It showed that they are a much better live than studio band which is extremely rare. Each musician is a maestro and each is given a chance to shine. The lead singer has an incredible range and can do things with his voice I haven't heard before - everything from scat to yodeling. The sound is extremely tight, the production is fantastic, and the songwriting impeccable. If you want to compare them with someone, think early Traffic with twice the energy and a much fuller sound. It normally takes me several listenings to appreciate a new CD. This one blew me away the first time I heard it. Buy this CD!
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