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War Dance
Colosseum II
War Dance
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #1

Japanese limited edition remastered pressing packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. Geffen. 2006.


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All Artists: Colosseum II
Title: War Dance
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: One Way Records Inc
Release Date: 3/30/1993
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Progressive, Progressive Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 076732208229


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Japanese limited edition remastered pressing packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. Geffen. 2006.

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Prog, jazz, rock who cares?
norman a. blardony | Philippines | 09/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Good rock guitar and keyboards all instrumental but one vocal track probably to rest them after a battery of super jam instrumentals. Not for the lighthearted."
The Final Release By Colosseum II
Chappa | Olympus Mons, Mars | 09/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This group was formed in 1975 by drummer Jon Hiseman after the break up of Tempest in early 1974. They released only three albums before calling it quits in 1978. The group was originally a quintet consisting of band leader Jon Hiseman (drums), Don Airey (keyboards), Gary Moore (guitar), plus singer Mike Starr and bass player Neil Murray who both left the group after the recording of their 1975 debut album "Strange New Flesh". On bass, new member John Mole was recruited, while Starr was not replaced leaving the vocal spot to guitarist Moore.
This line-up proceeded to record the second album "Electric Savage" released in early 1977 while later in the year the band released their last album "War Dance".

It's an awesome album to say the least. Highlights include "The Inquisition" where Airey and Moore show great interaction throughout and in the middle Moore pulls out the acoustic guitar playing some flamenco inspired runs!
"Last Exit" closes the album with a scorching solo by guitarist Moore. Also of note is the sci-fi multi-part epic "Star Maiden/Mysterioso/Quasar" where you'll hear a cool bass solo from Mole in the first part which he also wrote. Definitely one of the best songs on the album! Then there's the lone vocal song featuring great singing from Gary Moore in the pleasant R&B sounding ballad "Castles". Track number two "Major Keys" (Moore/Mole) is a good funky workout that could have been an outtake from Jeff Beck's "Blow By Blow" album!
The weakest spot I would say it's the song "Fighting Talk". A cool riff and melodies are featured in the beginning but the jam in the middle seems to drag a little. However, even this song is well worth hearing!

This album is a great listening experience! So if you like jazz-fusion, you ought to add this masterpiece to your collection as soon as possible!
Thanks for taking the time to read!
Fusion yes.... !
B. Nelson | Glen Arm, MD USA | 03/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In regards to the review by the guy who says Colosseum II wasn't a fusion band. Well they were but more like a half fusion half heavy progressive rock band, but the fusion or jazz spectrum comes out mostly in Hiseman's blazing drumming and the keyboard meanderings. So this in fact makes the music a bit more fusionesque, if you will. Gary Moore could be a funky guitar player but he could also lay down the more hard rock oriented sound . Due more to the aggressive nature of his playing. The easiest thing to do is pigeonhole Colosseum II as "jazz-rock" maybe the most ambitious and aggressive form of jazz rock ever to surface ("Winds" from Strange New Flesh). Not quite jazz but something jazzy and extreme. Fusion sounds better. This album was their last statement and I guess you could say,It is a winner."