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Valentyne Suite

Valentyne Suite

[Box set, Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered]
10/10Pure bliss 23 Mar 2007
By M. R. N. Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format: Audio CD|Amazon Verified Purchase
In 1969 (when some other guys were doing something trivial like landing on the Moon) Colosseum’s Valentye Suite stood out head and shoulders above everything else being played – quite magnificent!The Valentyne Suite (when I were a lad) only had 5 tracks – but is almost perfect. Hiseman’s drumming is astonishing, Dave Clempson’s guitar playing on a par with Clapton, along with the incredible Dick H-S (RIP) on sax – and the swirling organ from Dave Greenslade.The Tracks

1. Kettle – Roaring start to the album. Everything a jazz-rock track should be, but with that special, distinctive, Colosseum magic.

2. Elegy – just beautiful, with delicate strings. Tears to the eyes.

3. Butty’s Blues – Yes, it’s a Blues piece with great sax

4. Machine Demands A Sacrifice – Hiseman’s drums tear along and then a VERY strange ending – never did work out what was going on…

5. Valentyne Suite – The best bit on the album – three movements that showcase the entire band (including some wonderful phased drums), and some spine-tingling organ from Mr. Greenslade.

Disc: 1
1. The Kettle
2. Elegy
3. Butty’s Blues
4. The Machine Demands A Sacrifice
5. The Valentyne Suite – January’s Search/ February’s Valentyne/ The Grass Is Always Greener
6. Arthur’s Moustache
7. Lost Angeles

Disc: 2
1. Jumping Off The Sun
2. Lost Angeles
3. Elegy
4. Butty’s Blues
5. Rope Ladder To The Moon
6. Bolero
7. The Machine Demands A Sacrifice
8. The Grass Is Greener