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 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 […]


Tempest was an English hard-rock supergroup on Bronze that released a self-titled album in 1973 with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, followed in 1974 by Living in Fear with Patto–Boxer guitarist Ollie Halsall. Drummer Jon Hiseman directed the band between his time in Colosseum and Colosseum II. Members: Allan Holdsworth (guitar, violin, vocals, 1972-73), Mark Clarke (bass, […]

Colosseum II – Electric Savage (1977)

Electric Savage is the second album by English jazz-rock/hard-rock quartet Colosseum II, released in 1977 on MCA. Tracklist: A1. Put It This Way (4:54) A2. All Skin & Bone (3:49) A3. Rivers (5:48) A4. The Scorch (6:02) B1. Lament (4:38) B2. Desperado (5:58) B3. Am I (4:15) B4. Intergalactic Strut (6:00) Credits: Bass – John […]

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…” […]

Jack Bruce ‎– Songs for a Tailor (1969)

Songs for a Tailor is the debut solo album by ex-Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, released in 1969 on Polydor/Atco. Tracklist: A1. “Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out of Tune” (3:41) A2. “Theme for an Imaginary Western” (3:30) A3. “Tickets to Waterfalls” (3:00) A4. “Weird of Hermiston” (2:24) A5. “Rope Ladder to the Moon” (2:54) B1. […]

Colosseum II ‎– Strange New Flesh (1976)

Strange New Flesh is the debut album by English jazz-rock/hard-rock combo Colosseum II, released in 1976 on Bronze Records. Tracklist: A1. “Dark Side of the Moog” (6:17) A2. “Down to You” (9:05) A3. “Gemini and Leo” (4:46) B1. “Secret Places” (3:59) B2. “On Second Thoughts” (7:30) B3. “Winds” (10:23) Credits: Mike Starrs – vocals Gary […]

Tempest ‎– Living in Fear (1974)

Living in Fear is the second of two studio albums by English hard-rock band Tempest, released in 1974 on Bronze. The band are cut to a trio on this release, with ex-Patto guitarist Ollie Halsall replacing Allan Holdsworth. Tracklist: A1. “Funeral Empire” (4:25) A2. “Paperback Writer” (2:30) A3. “Stargazer” (3:36) A4. “Dance to My Tune” (7:50) […]

Colosseum II ‎– Wardance (1977)

Wardance is the third album by English jazz-rock quartet Colosseum II, released in November 1977 on MCA. Tracklist: A1. Wardance (6:09) A2. Major Keys (5:18) A3. Put It That Way (3:42) A4. Castles (5:50) B1. Fighting Talk (5:54) B2. The Inquisition (5:50) B3. Star Maiden / Mysterioso / Quasar (6:24) B4. Last Exit (3:30) Credits: […]

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 […]