Friday, 21 September 2018

Colosseum - Bonus Carminum (1970)

Colosseum were one of the first bands to fuse jazz, rock and blues, and were formed in Spring 1968 by drummer Jon Hiseman and tenor sax player Dick Heckstall-Smith, after they'd both previously worked together in the New Jazz Orchestra and in The Graham Bond Organisation. They met up again early in 1968 when they both played on John Mayall's Bluesbreakers' 'Bare Wires' album, and with the addition of Dave Greenslade on organ, James Litherland on guitar and Tony Reeves on bass, Colosseum was formed. They released a trio of outstanding jazz-rock albums, plus a live record to close their career when they disbanded in 1971. During the recording sessions they taped a few songs which wouldn't fit onto the albums, and this album collects them all together, alongside a few tracks recorded for the BBC 'Top Gear' radio show. Latin scholars will know that the title translates as 'bonus songs'. 

Track listing

01 I Can't Live Without You (Previously unreleased)
02 Arthur's Moustache (BBC 'Top Gear' session)
03 Lot Angeles (BBC 'Top Gear' session) 
04 In The Heat Of The Night (Previously unreleased)
05 Tell Me Now (Previously unreleased)
06 A Whiter Spade Than Mayall (BBC 'Top Gear' session)
07 The Pirate's Dream (Previously unreleased)



  1. the song "Pirates Dream" got released on Dick Heckstall-Smiths solo album A Story Ended- I love what you do!

  2. Yes, Dick did re-do that song a couple of years later for his solo album. He kept the arrangement pretty much the same, but the vocals were a bit rougher.

  3. YES, I was a Big FREE fan too. I still remember the first time I listened to "Tons Of Sobs". I just stared at the speakers in awe of what was coming out. I love Paul Rodgers but, none of the other bands can compare to FREE. RIP Paul K. and Andy F.

  4. Sorry , this ended up on the wrong page, too many tabs!!!

  5. great find but you forgot the brilliant James Litherland - Lead Guitar, Vocals

  6. I did, and now updated.