MORITURI TE SALUTANT - THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (1969)

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The first album by Colosseum was released in March 1969 (UK). The US version was released in July, with a different cover and track listing.

About the latin name Morituri te salutant (= those about to die salute you), see Wikipedia

An advert said:
"Lend us your ears. The greatest LP since A.D. LXXII (that is, 72).
If you miss it you might as well throw yourself to the lions."
(See Marmalade Skies for a picture)

It reached #15 on the LP charts in the UK

The album was reissued in 1977 in Germany on Bronze 25 857 ET

CD reissues:
Sequel NEX CD 161 2-on-1 with Valentyne Suite (December, 1990)
Sanctuary SMQCD096, Remastered Deluxe Expanded Edition (2008, see below)

Those Who Are About To Die Salute You Those Who Are About To Die, Salute You
UK: Fontana STL 5510 USA: Dunhill DS-50029, adds a comma to the title
with The Kettle and Valentyne Suite replacing half the tracks
Side 1
  1. Walking In The Park
  2. Plenty Hard Luck
  3. Mandarin
  4. Debut
Side 1
  1. The Kettle
  2. Plenty Hard Luck
  3. Debut
  4. Those Who Are About To Die, Salute You
Side 2
  1. Beware The Ides Of March
  2. The Road She Walked Before
  3. Backwater Blues
  4. Those About To Die
Side 2
  1. Valentyne Suite
  2. Walking In The Park
Colosseum:

Dave Greenslade: organ, keyboards, vocals
Dick Heckstall-Smith: saxophones
Jon Hiseman: drums
James Litherland: guitar, vocals
Tony Reeves: bass, producer

Plus

original guitarist Jim Roche on "Backwater Blues"
Henry Lowther, trumpet on "Walking In The Park"

 

The Deluxe Expanded Edition, 2008
Sanctuary Midline SMQCD096
  1. Walking In The Park
  2. Plenty Hard Luck
  3. Mandarin
  4. Debut
  5. Beware The Ides Of March
  6. The Road She Walked Before
  7. Backwater Blues
  8. Those About To Die
  9. I Can't Live Without You
  10. A Whiter Spade Than Mayall
  11. Walking In The Park
  12. Beware The Ides Of March
  13. Plenty Hard Luck
  14. Walking In The Park
1-8 original album
9 studio outtake, originally released on The Collectors Colosseum
10 BBC Top Gear, recorded 17.12.1968, broadcast 19.1.1969
11-13, Symonds on Sunday, recorded 24.2.1969, broadcast 16.3.1969
14 Top of the Pops with Brian Matthews voiceover

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