The opening track 'Future song' is great with it's repetative riff and hard, driving sound. The following 'Crabs' is irresistable. It holds so many moods and swings to and fro in a seamless manner. Great vocals too. Great groove!
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Dick Heckstall-Smith was born in the Royal Free Hospital, in Ludlow , Shropshire , England,  and was raised in Knighton , Radnorshire , learning to play piano, clarinet and alto saxophone in childhood.
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The opening track 'Future song' is great with it's repetative riff and hard, driving sound. The following 'Crabs' is irresistable. It holds so many moods and swings to and fro in a seamless manner. Great vocals too. Great groove! Graham Bond may have a limited vocal range but delivers a hoarse and enjoyable performance. His organ is to the fore and provides so much joy, since I am a fanatic when it comes to the hammond organ.
No other instrument is able to send shivers down my spine like the organ. Then it comes, the main center piece: 'The pirate's dream'. This is really a bluesy, jazzy epic that transforms into a majestic chaos for an ending.
Chris Farlowe do have a magnificent pair of lungs. This track is really, really good. The album ends with the bluesy 'Same old thing'. A great ending to a great album. The overall tone of this album is warmth. It is so sincere and passionate throughout that I am gobsmacked. And the title, 'Dust in the air suspended marks the place where a story ended', is irresistable.
While the saga or story of Colosseum was ground to, at least, a temporary halt the musical direction of refining and exploring the possibilities of jazz-rock continued in the grandest of fashion.
I own the Esoteric Recordings edition of the album and it sports some really good bonus tracks. Quite often bonus tracks can be so-and-so, really not adding anything to the overall view of a band, but in this case the opposite applies. The bonus tracks are amazing and really enjoyable.
They do complete the picture of a short lived but tremendous band. The bonus tracks are comprised of three live recordings of 'Moses The potency of this band in a live setting is devestating.
There is a great fuzz bass-solo in 'Moses To top things off there are two tracks from the abandoned project Manchild. Also great songs. When all is said and done there is only one thing to add. This is a fantastic jazz-rock album and while it is of it's time the warmth, sincerity and passion is timeless. It has dated well, I think, and is surely a valid listen if you're into jazz-rock and that side of progressive rock. Stunning album.
Review by Mellotron Storm Prog Reviewer. Just my opinion of course but Paul Williams in particular just ruins this for me, sounding like he's trying to imitate Joe Cocker which i'm sure he wasn't.
I listened to COLOSSEUM last night just to see if I was wrong in placing their music far above this recording but it just confirmed to my ears that this just doesn't measure up to that band even though this seems to be highly rated on other sites. I understand that Mark Clarke is singing here and it's not just his vocals but the song itself that really rises above the other tracks here.
The guitar, vocals and sax are great on this one. Such an uplifting track. It's all downhill from here on out for yours truly after this though. Killer sax 2 minutes in during a excellent instrumental interlude. Next is "Crabs" and it starts off in a mellow way with piano and reserved vocals as the sax joins in followed by guitar and drums as it builds. Yeah i'm really thinking Joe Cocker here with the vocals. Not a fan. Lots of organ here and I like the guitar.
Acoustic guitar and vocals take over as the piano joins in. I like this one and would rate it as my second favourite tune on here after the opener. A folky song really until it picks up half-way through. Farlowe on vocals here and Spedding is good on guitar. Some crazy sounding keyboards after 6 minutes as vocal melodies join in. Nice section. I'm reminded of Hendrix early on here for some reason. I wish I could get into it but a low 3 stars is all I can give for this one.
Straight away, out of your speakers come DH-S' typical sax playing over an intricate riff, and this Future Song makes an excellent present song. H-S sounds slightly eastern-influenced on some of his outstanding sax lines, while Quaye's guitar closes the track in a beautiful fade-out. The mid-tempo Crabs has Farlowe's vocals all over it, and Greenslade's piano takes it in eunexpected territory, although you could easily imagine both tracks on a Colosseum album.
Closing the first side is another H-S with Pete Brown for lyrics track, this time with Jack Bruce singing out on a much jazzier and quieter track. On its whole, the album is also reminiscent of Pete Brown's two groups: Battered Ornaments and Piblokto, Brown's influence in the writing helping just as much as Tait's drumming does.
The flipside is made of two "Colosseum" tracks both penned with Clem Clempson, strangely absent on this album , the first of which is the album's foundation, the mins Pirate's Dream, Some typical Hiseman drumming opens followed by Farlowe's inimitable voice play and responds to H-S's sax lines while Bond's organ mixed a little low here underlines the whole thing.
The last two short tracks are from that Manchild project that was not to be, because tan accident prevented H-S to finish and release it, both being in a similar vein, with H-S's leads on instead of the finished parts.
These two tracks sound a bit different, but nothing ruining the album's enjoyment. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Dick Heckstall-Smith biography Dick Heckstall-Smith was born in Ludlow September 26 , raised in Knighton, Radnorshire, and played piano, clarinet and alto saxophone in childhood.
Aged 15, he had taken up the soprano sax at Foxhole, captivated by the sound of Sidney Bechet. Then the smokiness of Lester Young's sound caught him, and the music of tenor saxist Wardell Graybridge, who was the bridge between Young and the Charlie Parker bebop generation. Soon he was a professional musician, and by he was working with traditional clarinetist Sandy Brown who had awarded him a jazz competition prize at Cambridge , then on a Butlins' season with pianist Ronnie Smith.
Heckstall-Smith then began working with guitarist Alexis Korner, a Paris-born, upper-middle-class Englishman whose dream was to found a jazz-influenced Chicago-style blues band with a brass line-up. The success, with Eric Clapton, of the original supergroup, Cream, took Baker and Bruce out of the loop. Between and , Heckstall-Smith worked with a sophisticated, blues-oriented rock band, Hiseman's Colosseum, led by the brilliant drummer Jon Hiseman. Dick Heckstall-Smith died December 17 Create a topic now.
Studio Album, 3. Actually that mins epic Pirate's Dream was played live with the band and even recorded on a BBC show. Just out of Colosseum, but having played with John Mayall and Graham Bond organization prior to that, DH-S has a lot of friends - one might even say "heavy friends" without attempting to pun at their waist size, since these guest make a five-star cast. Thanks to snobb for the artist addition.
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