The Grass Is Greener

Artist: Colosseum
Label: Dunhill
Catalog#: DS 50079
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970
A1 Jumping Off The Sun 3:00

Composed By - Dave Tomlin
Composed By - Mike Taylor

A2 Lost Angeles 5:30
A3 Elegy 3:26
A4 Butty's Blues 6:45
B1 Rope Ladder To The Moon 3:42

Composed By - Jack Bruce
Composed By - Pete Brown

B2 Bolero 5:28

Composed By - Maurice Ravel

B3 The Machine Demands A Sacrifice 2:48
B4 The Grass Is Greener 7:31

Arranged By [Strings, Brass] - Neil Ardley
Bass - Tony Reeves
Composed By - James Litherland
Drums, Composed By - Jon Hiseman
Guitar [Assorted Guitar], Vocals - Clem Clempson
Organ, Piano, Percussion [Tuner Percussion], Composed By - Dave Greenslade
Photography - Marcus Keef
Photography - Peter Smith
Producer - Gerry Bron
Producer - Tony Reeves
Saxophone [Tenor, Soprano, Woodwinds], Composed By - Dick Heckstall-Smith
Vocals - James Litherland


Recorded: London - Summer/Winter 1969.
[Although it has a misleadingly similar sleeve design, most of the music on this album is very different from that on the well-known Valentyne Suite released just a few month earlier in the UK -
a. o. due to the replacement of James Litherland for Dave 'Clem' Clempson.
This original LP was released in the US only.
Jon Hiseman is wrongly spelled "John" Hiseman on this Release.]

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
After James Litherland's departure to Mogul Thrash, Colosseum recorded a few new tracks and re-recorded some old ones with incoming guitarist and vocalist Clem Clempson, previously in the blues power trio Bakerloo. So instead of issuing Valentyne Suite in the US, the tracks were compiled as a new album, entitled The Grass Is Greener—but with the same cover. It saw release in January 1970, again on ABC Dunhill. The opening bells of "Jumpin off the Sun" signal another Colosseum stormer, but now with the much earthier voice of Clempson. Dave Greenslade's tuned percussion also features on the ensuing "Lost Angeles," where we first hear Clempson rip on guitar. The bluesy "Elegy," with a Litherland vocal, remains the only track held intact from the UK release. "Butty's Blues," another Litherland-penned tune, features Greenslade's fine organ work and a menacing bass line from Tony Reeves. Jack Bruce's "Rope Ladder to the Moon," with its distinct chorus, opens the second side and also offers Dick Heckstall-Smith a chance to shine. Maurice Ravel's Boléro is the source of the following track, while the short "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice" benefits from Clempson's vocal. Personnel changes again rattled the band: bassist Mark Clarke replaced Reeves and bluesman Chris Farlowe joined on vocals, allowing Clempson to concentrate solely on guitar. Colosseum would record two final albums in 1971: the studio-produced Daughter Of Time and a phenomenal two-record set, Colosseum Live. Both, again, only charted in the UK. Upon Colosseum's breakup in late 1971, Hiseman and Clarke formed Tempest, Farlowe joined Atomic Rooster, Clempson went to Humble Pie and Greenslade formed his own band with Reeves.
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