Colosseum II – British Savage (live 1977)

FrontCover1Gary Moore (1952-2011) is probably better known as a blues rock guitarist, both as a member of Thin Lizzy and as a solo artiste. Between 1974 and 1978, Moore was a member of the jazz-rock group, Colosseum II, which also featured Don Airey (keyboards), John Hiseman (drums) and John Mole (bass).

For a number of fans, Colosseum II’s Electric Savage (1977) remains essential listening. El Kabong posted the following at “Everybody’s got that one album that took the blinkers off them; the one that damn near killed you on first listen with the excitement of whole new vistas opening up. In my case, that was this record, almost 25 years ago. I’d been into heavy rock for a few years when I bought this album, by a band whose name I’d never seen before. Needless to say, it blew me away with its instrumental fury and virtuoso playing… it sounded as though Colosseum II (Jon Hiseman, Don Airey, John Mole and Gary Moore) wrote and recorded these tracks specifically to please ME. Not quite jazz/rock. Much more like rock/jazz, driving and heavy but layered, intricate and absorbing in its (at the time) complexity.”

GaryMooreGary Moore, 1977

snobb, at, commented: “Two musicians are real heroes there – guitarist Gary Moore and keyboard player Don Airey. Never before (in Thin Lizzy) or after (in his blues-rock or pop-rock works) has Gary Moore’s guitar sounded so fast and technical! Airey’s organ passages are great as well, but really the two are a great team… To be honest, on this Colosseum album they are really much more jazz-rockíng than you can expect. But the problem is they are not jazz fusion musicians at all!”

In other words: This is high energy Jazz-Fusion-Rock from the Seventies … enjoy this trip in this century !

Recorded live at Maida Vale Studio 4, London; August 15, 1977
Recorded live in Cologne, Germany, October 29, 1977
Excellent soundboard.


Don Airey (keyboards)
John Hiseman (drums)
John Mole (bass)
Gary Moore (guitar, vocals)



BBC Session (John Peel Show – Maida Vale Studio 4, London; August 15, 1977):
01. Put It This Way (Moore/Hiseman) 4.56
02. Intergalactic Strut (Airey) 5.21
03. The Lament (Traditional) 6.53
04. The Inquisition (Moore/Hiseman) 5.21

Cologne, Germany; October 29, 1977:
05. War Dance (Airey) 5.26
06. The Inquisition (Moore/Hiseman) 8.26
07. Trilogy – Star Maiden/Mysterioso/Quasar (Mole/Airey) 10.50
08. The Lament (Traditional) 7.20
09. Desperado (Moore/Hiseman) 6.56
10. Intergalactic Strut (Airey) 5.27
11. Fighting Talk (Moore/Hiseman) 2.31



John Mole