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Colosseum's 1969 studio classic The Valentyne Suite.
An innovative combination of Rock and Jazz, the album features the band's definitive line-up of Jon Hiseman, Dave Greenslade, Dick Heckstall-Smith, James Litherland and Tony Reeves.
Housed in a striking sleeve designed by Marcus Keef, Valentyne Suite was the first release on the Progressive imprint Vertigo and spent nine weeks on the UK album chart, peaking at number 15. Arguably the finest album by the band, it features outstanding tracks such as ‘The Kettle’, ‘Elegy’, ‘The Machine Demands a Sacrifice’ (with lyrics by Pete Brown), and the album’s focal point the three part ‘Valentyne Suite’ (now regarded as a milestone in early Progressive Rock).
180g vinyl in gatefold.
1. The Kettle
3. Butty's Blues
4. The Machine Demands A Sacrifice
1. The Valentyne Suite
1a Theme One - January's Search
1b Theme Two - February's Valentyne
1c Theme Three - The Grass Is Always Greener...
Dave Greenslade – Hammond organ, vibraphone, piano, backing vocal on "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice"
Dick Heckstall-Smith – saxophones, flute on "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice"
Jon Hiseman – drums, machine on "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice"
James Litherland – guitars, lead vocals
Tony Reeves – bass guitars