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Colosseum - Colosseum Live album review

Album Review

Jon Hiseman’s prog-forging gladiators Colosseum captured live in 1971

If British prog has a godfather it’s Graham Bond, the colossal figure who brought a wild Hammond organ to R&B and introduced the classical strains which profoundly influenced Keith Emerson. The stellar musicians Bond turned into the world include John McLaughlin, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and powerhouse drummer Jon Hiseman.

Prog rock of the highest order… the band on roaring form.

Hiseman had already recorded with the New Jazz Orchestra and doomed jazz pianist Mike Taylor when he joined Heckstall-Smith in Bond’s final Organisation, before both bailed out due to Bond’s debilitating drug use. After a stint with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the pair started forming their dream band, which Hiseman named after the majestic Roman ruin he’d gawped at while on holiday in Italy.


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