Live 05 – Colosseum

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Live 05 – Colosseum


This double CD is the first Colosseum work to feature Barbara Thompson after Dick passed away. It contains songs from both the then recent studio albums, Bread & Circuses and Tomorrow’s Blues. However, the title of the album makes a firm connection with their classic live album Colosseum Live from 1971.

The review from Prog Archives was full of praise and enthusiasm: ‘It is simply thrilling! ‘The Valentyne Suite’ as an example here. It starts in a classic way, with a motive run by organ supported with a saxophone. However, the bass line is run in a different way and it indicates certain surprises. The piano and saxophone duo is wonderful mainly thanks to the reliable Barbara, who then shows her skills in a beautiful, sober solo part, followed by a dynamic solo part from Dave on Hammond organ. The second part starts in a sweet and melancholic way. The vocals of Mark Clarke [are] a masterpiece, and then another saxophone solo entrance.’ Barbara really adds something to ‘February’s Valentyne’ with her

The album was recorded in 2005 and released in 2007 and we are offering limited copies here at a specially discounted price.



The more time that passed from the day in November 1971 that Jazz-rock pioneers Colosseum split up, the less likely it seemed that they would ever work together again. However, more than 40 years down the line, Jon Hiseman, Chris Farlowe, Clem Clempson, Dave Greenslade and Mark Clarke were still going strong.

Tragically, Saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith succumbed to an 18 month long battle with ill heath and died at the end of 2004. Jon’s long time wife and internationally-renowned saxophonist Barbara Thompson stepped into his shoes through his long ordeal and became a permanent member until her retirement from public performance in 2015. Since the death of legendary drummer Jon Hiseman in 2018, Colosseum has reformed to play gigs and festivals throughout Europe. The band’s break-up in 1971 meant their final release had been a live album which was rated as one of their finest offerings – and it is perhaps fitting that they should have kicked off the return of Colosseum with another live effort The Reunion Concerts 1994.

In the summers of 1997 and 2003 the six of them re-convened and recorded two new studio albums, “Bread & Circuses” & “Tomorrows Blues.” Then came another great live album, Live 05, and their final offering featuring master drummer Jon “Time on our Side” released in 2012.

Additional information

Weight 0.118 kg
Dimensions 14.5 × 1 × 12.5 cm


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