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Morituri Te Salutant Import

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2009 four CD antology from the British Jazz/Prog/Art Rock band. Pieced together with the active assistance of band leader Jon Hiseman, Morituri Te Salutant features extended highlights from Colosseum's original albums as well as numerous previously-unissued studio and live outtakes, including BBC session material, the aborted late '60s single `Tell Me Now' and a host of alternative recordings from the tour that was immortalised on what many admirers believe to be the band's definitive work, Colosseum Live. Lavishly packaged with hitherto unpublished photos and a 10,000 word essay, Morituri Te Salutant is the final word on one of the most individual and iconoclastic British bands to emerge from the musical and cultural revolution of the '60s. 43 tracks. Sanctuary.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Walking in the Park
  2. Mandarin
  3. Beware the Ides of March
  4. Debut
  5. The Road She Walked Before
  6. Backwater Blues
  7. I Can't Live Without You [Studio Outtake]
  8. In the Heat of the Night [#]
  9. Those About to Die [Demo aka "Top Roadie"] [#]
  10. Tell Me Now [#]
  11. The Kettle
  12. Elegy
  13. The Machine Demands a Sacrifice
  14. The Valentyne Suite - January's Search/February's Valentyne/The Grass I

Disc: 2

  1. Jumping off the Sun
  2. Rope Ladder to the Moon
  3. Bolero
  4. The Grass Is Always Greener
  5. Three Score and Ten, Amen
  6. Time Lament
  7. Take Me Back to Doomsday
  8. The Daughter of Time
  9. Theme for an Imaginary Western
  10. Bring out Your Dead [Demo Version] [#][Demo Version]
  11. Downhill and Shadows
  12. Jumping off the Sun
  13. The Pirates Dream [#]

Disc: 3

  1. Rope Ladder to the Moon [Live in Brighton]
  2. Skelington [Live in Brighton]
  3. I Can't Live Without You [Live at Manchester University, March 1971] [P
  4. Stormy Monday Blues [Live in Bristol]
  5. The Valentyne Suite - January's Search/February's Valentyne/The Grass I

Disc: 4

  1. Butty's Blues [Live in Boston]
  2. The Machine Demands a Sacrifice [Live in Boston]
  3. Beware the Ides of March [BBC Radio Session "Top of the Pops" Feb 1969]
  4. Walking in the Park [BBC Radio Session "Top of the Pops" Feb. 1969]
  5. Plenty Hard Luck [BBC Radio Session "Top of the Pops" Feb. 1969]
  6. Arthur's Moustache [BBC Radio Session "Top Gear" Nov. 1969]
  7. Lost Angeles [BBC Radio Session "Top Gear" Nov. 1969]
  8. Same Old Thing
  9. Dark Side of the Moog
  10. Tomorrow's Blues
  11. Those About to Die [Reunion]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • ASIN: B002DTTP70
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shadowmaster on June 17, 2012
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Colosseum is not Canterbury progressive rock like Soft Machine, Caravan or Hatfield and the North et al. This is progressive rock, blues and jazz all mixed up. The lyrics are not like King Crimson or Yes but hard blues. It is not trippy neither highly lyrical nor intelligent just plain blues, about love, life and death. The vocals are loud,hard, powerful much like Lemmy of Motorhead. It is bluesy with some Clapton elements. But it is a power house of great musicians from the hard hitting drums of Jon Hiseman to the Emerson like keyboards of Dave Greenslade. The bass playing here is very audible, groovy and pounding. The saxophones will clean and clear your earwax. The guitars are also imposing. The 4 cd does not comprehensively or concisely represent the entire output of the Colosseum. You must get all the studio albums to truly appreciate this band. This box set is an addition if you have all the studio or live albums since it contains a lot of a-b sides, alternate versions, previously unreleased studio and live outtakes,BBC tracks,some late '60s single not found on the studio albums. It requires a lot of listening to appreciate particularly if you are used to Canterbury music. There is a lot of jamming and improvisation in the long tracks like the 20 minute plus epic "Valentyne Suite". So if this remains at 20 to 25 dollars it is a good money to spend but if you do have other priorities this can wait, do not overspend. If you expect a Canterbury style music you will be disappointed but if you have a penchant for American Southern rock music like Bachmann Turner Overdrive then Colloseum is for you just add superb sax and keyboard playing. It is a pocket book size box set that contains a 34 page book about the band, some archival photos, memorabilia. Nice cover like a Roman ancient tablet. Over all buy if keen for some new sound, buy if it remains affordable and just support this underrated 70's prog rock-jazz-blues band.
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Colosseum were one of the heaviest groups to emerge out of the UK in the later half of the 60's.

Their eclectic mix (more like a potent stew) of rock/jazz/progressive/blues/whatever music remains unequaled in intensity. One reviewer mentions early King Crimson (KC) and that's apt though a major inclusion to their sound (unlike KC) is a strong foundation in the Blues.
Since comparisons are always welcome for the folks unaware or curious I'll throw in a few observations.

One reviewer mentioned BTO(!) What?? That is really stretching it for me. I would say a fair comparison (from the House of Real Heavy) would be Vanilla Fudge (also late 60's with the vox of Mark Stein) from the U.S., and also UK's Vander Graff Generator (with vox of Peter Hammil) This really becomes apparent during the Colosseum years coverede with Chris Farlowe (CF) on vox. CF has the ability with his over-the-top delivery to almost co-opt the sound altogether. During his tenure here I find some of the more challenging aspects to Colloseum's overall approach. Ironically, I first discovered Colloseum through my interest in Farlowe's work with Atomic Rooster. Though CF's vocals can be jarring at times (think Tom Jones meets Peter Hamil) the half-dozen or so tracks served up here suit Colloseum just fine ('cept maybe 'Lament of Time'). The live version of 'Skellington' captured here is out of this world!

These 4 cds are housed in a glossy 'book style' box set, not unlike the 4 cd sets for Caravan (The World Is Yours), Jim Capaldi (Dear Mr. Fantasy), John Martyn (Ain't No Saint), Camel (Rainbows End) and Fairport Convention (Live at the BBC). The presentation here very classy with 2cds of studio and 2cds of live. Fantastic liner notes (attached to book binding) with pix, discography, et al.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 31, 2013
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From the lack of reviews (just one from 2012!) it's obvious that COLOSSEUM is still not getting the respect they deserve. Usually lumped in the "prog-rock" category, the band was actually closer to jazz-rock than anything else. Just listen to many (but not all) of the arrangements, or Hiseman's drumming, or (especially) Heckststall-Smith's horns. Their first album was released just a few months before King Crimson's groundbreaking "In The Court Of The Crimson King", and many people just lumped all forward thinking bands under the progressive-rock title. During the late 60's/early 70's COLOSSEUM were certainly one of the first bands to push the musical boundaries of the period--something evident in both their studio and (especially) their live work. Even though John Mayall had released his album "Bare Wires" (including Heckstall-Smith), which blended jazz with blues, Colosseum was certainly one of the first bands to incorporate jazz into their arrangements.

Live the band was always pretty fierce. In 1969 they played the Bath Festival (along with Mayall, The Nice, Fleetwood Mac (their first big gig with Bob Brunning on bass), Led Zeppelin, and (a personal favorite) Chicken Shack. They also toured the U.S., playing The Whiskey in L.A. and the Fillmore West among other venues. This is where and when their reputation began to spread. But the band never really caught on here in America--doing a bit better in England. Here in the U.S. maybe they were to "jazzy" for some people, and not "progressive" enough (in the accepted definition of the time as in Yes, The Nice, Procol Harum, Soft Machine, Van Der Graff Generator, King Crimson, or Family, etc.) for others.
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