The Graham Bond Organization

The Graham Bond Organization was an English R&B–beat combo that released the 1965 Columbia albums The Sound of ’65 and There’s a Bond Between Us. The members, distinguished by their jazz-crossover pedigrees, achieved virtuoso status on their respective instruments. Bassist Jack Bruce went over to Manfred Mann and relinked with drummer Ginger Baker in the […]

Colosseum

Colosseum was an English brass-rock band that released the 1969 albums Those Who Are About to Die Salute You (Fontana) and Valentyne Suite (Vertigo). They were led by drummer Jon Hiseman and reedist Dick Heckstall-Smith, fellow travelers in the Graham Bond Organization and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. As an instigator of pop’s shift into maximalism, they […]

Locomotive

Locomotive was an English brass-rock/psych band that was active with multiple lineups between 1966 and 1970. Based in Birmingham, they initially drew from Jamaican ska/bluebeat on three non-album singles. In 1969, they recorded the album We Are Everything You See, released after the departure of keyboardist and bandleader Norman Haines. Bassist Mick Hincks and drummer […]

Colosseum ‎– Valentyne Suite (1969)

Valentyne Suite is the second album by English jazz-rock quintet Colosseum, released in November 1969 on Vertigo. Tracklist: A1. “The Kettle” (4:28) A2. “Elegy” (3:13) A3. “Butty’s Blues” (6:45) A4. “The Machine Demands a Sacrifice” (3:54) B. “The Valentyne Suite” (16:53) —i. “January’s Search” (6:20) —ii. “February’s Valentyne” (3:36) —iii. “The Grass is Always Greener…” […]

Locomotive ‎– We Are Everything You See (1969)

We Are Everything You See is an album by Brummie brass-rock ensemble Locomotive, released in 1969 on Parlophone. Tracklist: A1. “Overture” A2. “Mr. Armageddon” * A3. “Now Is the End – The End Is When” A4. “Lay Me Down Gently” A5. “Nobody Asked You to Come” A6. “You Must Be Joking” ** B1. “A Day […]

Jack Bruce ‎– Jet Set Jewel (1978)

Jet Set Jewel is an archival set of material by Scottish musician/composer Jack Bruce, recorded in 1978 and shelved until 2003 when it was released on Polydor. Chronologically, this would have been his sixth solo album. Tracklist: 1. “The Boy” (4:13) 2. “Head in the Sun” (4:32) 3. “Neighbour, Neighbour” (3:58) 4. “Childsong” (3:28) 5. “Jet […]

Dick Heckstall-Smith ‎– A Story Ended (1972)

A Story Ended is a 1972 album by English double-saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, recorded with fellow Colosseum alumni and released on Bronze. Tracklist: A1. “Future Song” (4:07) A2. “Crabs” (5:12) A3. “Moses in the Bullrushourses” (3:40) A4. “What the Morning Was After” (5:31) B1. “The Pirate’s Dream” (11:12) B2. “Same Old Thing” (6:32) Credits: Dick Heckstall-Smith […]

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers

John Mayall is an English guitarist and bandleader who led multiple lineups of the Bluesbreakers. They released four albums between 1966 and 1968 on Decca. The Bluesbreakers served as a launch pad for members of Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Colosseum, and Mark–Almond. Members: John Mayall (vocals, organ, piano, harmonica, guitar), John McVie (bass, 1963-65, 1965-67), Bernie […]