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Saw then performing at Keitele Jazz, Finland, July 2011 in a small venue, a remote little village in the middle of nowhere ! Last time they were here was Ruisrock Festival Turku, August 1970 ! You know, COLOSSEUM were those legendary classic rock bands that practically never visited our remote country. I almost missed them, my buddy had noticed the ad and immediately bought tickets. How fortunate we were. Polite and silent and luckily small audience only music lovers.
Barbara Thompson wearing big boots of Dick Heckstall-Smith, doing a great job and actually bringing a lightly different reed sound to the mix, a new kinda feminine aspect to the already fantastic mixture of blues, jazz, rock and classical. To my great delight she wasn´t worse than Heckstall-Smith, just a lightly different yet powerful approach to the music. Stunnig performance, the 2nd best concert I have had a pleasure to witness in my entire life. Just music, no BS hype of any kind. And of course, we got a drum solo, musical with intense drive and power, well as always. And not a single dull moment. And Chris Farlowe was as good as ever, really. All these guys were nearly 70 !
Those are the ones I have twoleftears, plus The Grass Is Greener from 1970 on the ABC/Dunhill label I was pleasantly surprised by this post others knew of and enjoyed them. I never heard them mentioned anywhere before. I’ll have to break some out tonight to play. And sure enough, Valentyne Suite is still available on Amazon in both CD and vinyl. A copy shall soon be mine.
Well, Valentyne Suite is on the way all the way from Switzerland. Thanks for this thread harold-not-the-barrel, which rekindled an old interest.. That completes my collection of the original bands output too.
I did find some Greenslade on Youtube, but will need to listen some more. Which is their best album in your opinion?
My pleasure, Mike. Well, my copy of Australian release is on the way. Couldn´t resist to buy, you know it is the very 1st Fontana edition and in stunning condition (fingers crossed) ; )
All the Greenslade albums are great, except Time and Tide, 1975 which is somewhat lame, too pop and quite commercial to my taste. No wonder bassist & producer Tony Reeves is no longer with them.
Valentyne Suite the Australian first press on Fontana label is just beautiful.
And this Live reissue just released in spring seems to be very interesting:
Gotta get that too, the best live record in the golden age of rock, it was 1971 ... oh boy ...