Live '71 Canterbury, Brighton & Manchester

Live '71 Canterbury, Brighton & Manchester

Live '71 Canterbury, Brighton & Manchester

  • “Great! This grabs you by the hair” • “Another salute from Colosseum!”
  • Colosseum ʼ71 recorded live in Britain. Features previously unissued recordings from Canterbury plus in-concert tracks from Manchester and Brighton
  • Stereo recordings restored and remastered by Eroc and Dave ‘Clem’ Clempson
  • 2CD set, 147 minutes of music, plus a 20-page booklet with liner notes by
  • Chris Welch and interview excerpts with Dave Greenslade
  • First time officially out on CD
Colosseum was one of the most exciting British rock bands of the 70s and while they made fine studio albums, notably the classic Those Who Are About To Die (1969), it was on the road, playing night after night to devoted fans, that the group led by master drummer Jon Hiseman really came – alive! Mercifully, thanks to skilled recording engineers, many of their best shows were captured on tape. This superb collection of live performances reveals Colosseum blasting at full strength and with extraordinary power and passion. This 2CD set is packed with alternative versions of many of their most iconic songs and arrangements. Keyboard player Dave Greenslade and other past members of the band explain how Colosseum developed its sound and style in extensive liner notes by Repertoire’s Chris Welch, a rock journalist who saw the band from their earliest days onwards. University students were among the biggest supporters of progressive jazz rock. And so Colosseum was assured a warm welcome at Canterbury University of Kent in February 1971. CD1 is entirely devoted to lengthy performances of clever arrangements like ‘Tanglewood ’63’, ‘Rope Ladder To The Moon’, ‘Walking In The Park’, ‘Skellington’ and Jon Hiseman’s epic drum solo on ‘The Machine Demands A Sacrifice.’ A 15-minute ‘Lost Angeles’ makes a fitting climax to the Canterbury show, showcasing lead singer Chris Farlowe, together with heated playing from band members Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophones), Dave ‘Clem’ Clempson (lead guitar) and Mark Clarke (bass guitar and vocals). CD2 has more dynamic shows recorded at the Big Apple, Brighton and Manchester University in March 1971. Among the highlights is a 21-minute epic interpretation of ‘The Valentyne Suite’ from their second album, while Chris Farlowe sings his soulful heart out on ‘Stormy Monday Blues.’ Colosseum was truly great live in 1971. Thanks to this treasure house of high quality recordings, professionally restored by digital craftsman Eroc, the band comes alive and kicking for us to enjoy 50 years later.


Disc One
Live at Canterbury University of Kent, 1971
01 Tanglewood ’63 13.08
02 Rope Ladder To The Moon 8.27
03 Walking In The Park 8.02
03 Skellington 12.40
04 The Machine Demands A Sacrifice 14.37
05 Lost Angeles 15.52
Recorded live in concert at the
University of Kent, 12 February 1971 with the Granada mobile

Disc Two
Live In Brighton, 1971
01 Rope Ladder To The Moon 10.45
02 Skellington 14.07
Live In Manchester, 1971
03 I Can’t Live Without You/The Time Machine/ The Machine Demands A Sacrifice 21.37
04 The Valentyne Suite 21.13
January’s Search
February’s Valentyne
The Grass Is Always Greener
05 Stormy Monday Blues 5.11

Recorded live in concert at Manchester University, 13 March 1971 with the Granada mobile and The Big Apple, Brighton, 27 March 1971 Except track 4 ‘The Valentyne Suite’ recorded at Manchester University, 18 March 1971

Note: 2LP set will be available in August 2020

Release Information

  • Catalogue Number: REPUK 1396
  • Format: 2CD

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