COLOSSEUM - Morituri Te Salutant - Colosseum: 1968-2003 On Stage & In The Studio (2009)
Active from 1968 to late 1971, Colosseum were arguably the leading exponents of the jazzier end of the British progressive rock spectrum. Assembled by former Graham Bond/John Mayall drummer Jon Hiseman (1944 - 2018 R.I.P.), they achieved significant commercial and critical acclaim with such albums as Those Who Are About To Die Salute You and Daughter Of Time, which showcased an irresistible blend of superior musicianship and a visceral approach to music-making that took them way beyond many of their supposed rivals.
Pieced together with the active assistance of 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 Sixties 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 Lavishly packaged with hitherto unpublished photos and a 10,000 word essay, Morituri Te Salutant is the final word on one of the most individual and iconoclastic British jazz/rock/blues bands to emerge from the musical and cultural revolution of the Sixties.
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