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Strange New Flesh [Import]

Colosseum II, Colloseum 2Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle
  • Run Time: 41 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000040ME
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Reissue of the debut album by jazz fusion group formed by Colosseum founder John Hiseman, legendary Irish blues rock guitarist Gary Moore & famous metal keyboardist Don Airey. Contains all six cuts from the original 1976 release on Bronze Records, plus the original cover art. 1999 release. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 70's British jazz-rock December 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Colosseum seem to be on the cusp of being forgotten. The band merits just over a column in 'The Penguin Encyclopeadia of Popular Music', but don't get a mention in 'The Rough Guide to Rock'. But they were a hub in many important personnel transfers of the period:
Dave Greenslade and Tony Reeves played for the original Colosseum and left to form Greenslade. Clem Clempson also left to join Humble Pie, replacing Peter Frampton. Gary Moore was a member of Colosseum II in between bouts with Thin Lizzy. Don Airey left CII to join Blackmore's Rainbow. Leader Jon Hiseman married saxophonist Barbara Thompson and played in her fusion band Paraphernalia.
The line-up on this CD is Hiseman, Airey, Moore, Murray and Starrs, in case your sleevenotes are, like mine, non-existent. The music is the usual partly convoluted fodder served up at the time by the likes of the Mahavishnus, Jeff Beck, Eleventh House and Return to Forever. At times the keyboards sound a bit Genesissy, and occasionally the sound is a bit Camelly. Goodness knows why they needed a vocalist -- maybe it helped at concerts to focus audience attention.
The standard of the musicianship is, as usual for the period, higher than most of today's. Dump the singer, improve the quality of the compositions slightly, and Colosseum could have been a jazz-rock supergroup. If you like this, you'll love Return to Forever's 'No Mystery' and 'Romantic Warrior'.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing masterpiece! April 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Am I the first one to review this masterpiece? I can't believe it. I am a great fan of UK. There are so many great bands but only a few can be compared to UK(at least for me). CII is one of them. Great musicians' greatest playing and quite pretty melodies, what can I say more? Jon Hiseman's druming is amazing, Gary Moore and Don Airey showed their best shining moments in their carriers. Bass playing was fluent, too. And finally, why was Mike Starrs fired after 1st album? They would release 2 more excellent albums but I think this first one is the best! Strongly recommended! GO and Get it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 1970's... April 11, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this album sometime in the late 70's. I had heard something from this band late one night on the radio.. back when radio was a place where you could hear new and different types of music without the station being concerned if liked every tune they played.. anyway, I got around to buying one of their albums although not the one I heard that night. The album has some decent stuff.. but it's masterpiece is an absolutely stunning rendition of Joni Mitchels "Stange New Flesh". The band is very tight and the lead vocals have a soulful and gritty feel. The price is worth just having that one tune.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turbocharged version of the original Colosseum October 26, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I also bought the vinyl cutting of this album in the early eighties and played it so often it wore out. This was everything you'd hoped Colosseum 1 would metamorphose into. Two other albums followed Wardance and Savage all contained sublime tracks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turbocharged version of the original Colosseum October 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I also bought the vinyl cutting of this album in the early eighties and played it so often it wore out. This was everything you'd hoped Colosseum 1 would metamorphose into. Two other albums followed Wardance and Savage all contained sublime tracks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this music January 9, 2009
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This is probably the best of the limited titles by Colosseum II. The songs are inventive and well played.
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This 1976 album blends searing leads on the electric guitar, fine ensemble playing that would not have been out of place on a Mahavishnu Orchestra or Return to Forever album and a bluesy/soulful vocal style reminiscent of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or perhaps even Bob Tench (of the Jeff Beck Group). Trust me, although I like Rainbow, Jeff Beck and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the mixture is as confusing as it sounds and I still have not gotten completely used to it, although Colosseum II did become a more straightforward jazz rock group by the time of War Dance (1977). Come to think of it, I generally liked War Dance.

The lineup on Strange New Flesh, which was the debut by the newly re-grouped version of Colosseum, includes bandleader and virtuoso Jon Hiseman (drums and percussion), Gary Moore (electric and acoustic guitars, vocal), Don Airey (Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano, ARP Odyssey, ARP Solina string synthesizer, mini-moog, Hammond organ and clavinet), Mike Starrs (lead vocal) and Neil Murray (bass guitar). To emphasize the hard rock connections, the liner notes indicate that Neil Murray went on to jam with both Whitesnake and Black Sabbath, while Don Airey eventually joined Rainbow. Listening to the music on this album, this all makes perfect sense.

These guys are simply fantastic players, with Jon Hiseman being exceptional - I have been a fan of his drumming ever since I first listened to "Valentyne Suite" (Colosseum, 1969). Gary is a very good player and although he favors a distorted tone on the electric, also uses clean tones and works the textures of a classical guitar in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The e-guitar style often inspired some important guitarists,like...
Well, of course it was not equal to the best works by a small bunch of very interesting fusion bands in the seventies (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever or- once again the... Read more
Published on April 23, 2011 by Lethe
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
You would never guess this is a derivative of Coliseum, the Vertigo band that began making blues jazz albums in 1969, such as Valentyne Suite and Those Who Are About to Die Salute... Read more
Published on April 29, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars good cd
This is an brillent cd, and gary moore guitar playing is also brillant, and i,ll recommend anybody to buy the cd and deal with the seller.
Published on December 19, 2009 by Ephraim C. Walton
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Colosseum II albums
This is the first and best of the Colosseum II albums. It is an interesting mix of jazz fusion, blues, and progressive rock. Read more
Published on October 11, 2004 by kireviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Second greatest progressive hard-rock album of all time
This is the second greatest progressive hard-rock album ever made after "Moving Pictures" by Rush & it's a shame that for every thousand people that has that album, not even one... Read more
Published on July 3, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Colosseum II albums
Colosseum was a progressive rock band that played a mixture of blues, jazz and high energy rock. They were more blues oriented than any of the other progressive bands. Read more
Published on January 10, 2003 by kireviewer
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