Valentyne Suite

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Valentyne Suite is a 1969 album by Colosseum. It was Vertigo Records' very first album release, and reached number 15 in the UK Albums Chart.

Though the song "The Kettle" is officially listed as having been written by Dick Heckstall-Smith and Jon Hiseman, a credit which is confirmed by Hiseman's liner notes for the album, bassist/producer Tony Reeves later claimed that it was written by guitarist/vocalist James Litherland.


Allmusic derided the first three tracks, referring to "The Kettle" and "Butty's Blues" as "tarted-up 12-bar blues", and claiming that "Elegy" was beyond James Litherland's abilities as a vocalist. They were more approving of the rest of the album, and described Dave Greenslade's solo on "The Valentyne Suite" as "something to offer a challenge to vintage Keith Emerson, but with swing." They were critical of Litherland and Reeves's playing on the song, however, and concluded "In retrospect this might not quite the classic it seemed at the time, but it remains listenable..."

Track listing

  1. "The Kettle" (Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman) – 4:28
  2. "Elegy" (James Litherland) – 3:13
  3. "Butty's Blues" (Litherland) – 6:45
  4. "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice" (Litherland,......
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