Cherry Red Records Colosseum II: War Dance, Re-Mastered Edition Rock
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Wardance (06:05) Colosseum II
Major keys (05:16) Colosseum II
Put it that way (03:43) Colosseum II
Castles (05:52) Colosseum II
Fighting talk (05:56) Colosseum II
The inquisition (05:48) Colosseum II
Quasar Colosseum II
Last exit (03:30) Colosseum II
NEW REMASTERED RELEASE OF THE FINAL ALBUM BY THE LEGENDARY COLOSSEUM II
FEATURING JON HISEMAN, GARY MOORE & DON AIREY
REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MCA RECORDS MASTER
FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES
REVIEWS IN “UNCUT”, “MOJO”, “RECORD COLLECTOR”,
“SHINDIG!”, “PROG” MAGAZINES
COVERAGE ON RELEVANT WEBSITES & FANZINES
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic 1977 album by COLOSSEUM II “War Dance”.
The album was the final record release by the band. Orginally formed in 1975 by virtuoso drummer JON HISEMAN, Colosseum II also featured legendary guitarist GARY MOORE, keyboard player DON AIREY and, in its first incarnation, MIKE STARRS (vocals) and NEIL MURRAY (bass).
Following the release of the album “Strange New Flesh”, Starrs and Murray departed and bass guitarist JOHN MOLE joined the fold, with Gary Moore undertaking vocal duties. This line-up recorded “Electric Savage” in early 1977, and this, their final album later that year.
Never officially issued on CD in the UK, this Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original MCA Records master tapes and the booklet restores the original album artwork and features an essay by Malcolm Dome with an exclusive interview with Jon Hiseman.
1. WAR DANCE
2. MAJOR KEYS
3. PUT IT THAT WAY
5. FIGHTING TALK
6. THE INQUISITION
7. STAR MAIDEN / MYSTERIOSO / QUASAR
8. LAST EXIT
Wardance shows many of the attributes associated to symphonic rock, from a surrealistic record cover and detailed information about what amplifiers and cymbals the band uses, to song titles like "Star Maiden/Mysterioso/Quasar." But even though Colosseum II had much in common with symphonic rock, they were more of a jazz-rock or fusion band. While none of the musicians are anything even close to restrictive in their playing, Moore's solo guitar is what many of the songs are built up around. His distinctive way of playing, while still in development, is clearly heard, as are similarities to his first solo album Grinding Stone, especially in the album's only vocal song, "Castles." This was the second album released by Colosseum II in 1977, and their third in two years. The differences between the albums are not too big, but a slight lack of inspiration can be perceived here. While the songs are still technically impressive and hold an interesting mix of jazz, hard rock, and classical elements, the band often fails in making the distorted riffs meaningful, leaving an impression that the main merit of the songs is that they are extremely hard to play. The title track and "Major Keys" are exceptions, though, building on slightly simpler licks, which are developed throughout the song, instead of lost in the Spanish-style drumming that Hiseman is so fond of. But a big fan of symphonic rock may think differently. ~ Lars Lovén
Kunstenaar Colosseum II
Platenlabel Esoteric Recordings
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Karakteristieken Cherry Red Records Colosseum II: War Dance, Re-Mastered Edition. Genre: Rock, Artiest: Colosseum II, Soort distributie: Fysieke media
Aantal discs 1
Product type CD
Aantal tracks 8