July 13, 2011 – 4:43 am

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British Savage [Shades 339, 1CD]

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

Gary 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.”

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-rock√≠ng than you can expect. But the problem is they are not jazz fusion musicians at all!”

Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

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BBC Session (John Peel Show)
Maida Vale Studio 4, London; August 15, 1977

Track 01. Put It This Way (8.4MB)
Track 02. Intergalactic Strut (8.6MB)
Track 03. Lament (11.7MB)
Track 04. The Inquisition (8.6MB)

Cologne, Germany; October 29, 1977
Track 05. War Dance (8.8MB)
Track 06. The Inquisition (14.3MB)
Track 07. Trilogy - Star Maiden/Mysterioso/Quasar (18.3MB)
Track 08. Lament (12.4MB)
Track 09. Desperado (11.2MB)
Track 10. Intergalactic Strut (8.8MB)
Track 11. Fighting Talk (4.1MB)

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

Click on the link to order Colosseum II’s Electric Savage.


  2. hey bigo, thanks! i’ll get this. i’ve not listened to colosseum better. i heard some samples on amazon, and they sound good.

    i got the gary moore-hammersmith odeon show you offered in feb. it’s good. i’ve played it a few times.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 13, 2011

  3. I’ve been a die-hard Colosseum fan since 1970 and initially didn’t like II. Got over it pretty quick though, entirely different band and really good. This is the only live performance I’ve heard of, look forward to being blown away. Gary of course is awesome. Clem Clemson (guitar) and Chris Farlowe (voc) from the original band are too, check THEM out! Thank you kindly.

    By HytekFred on Jul 13, 2011

  4. hey bigo, i just finished listening. i will play it again. thanks!

    i saw don airey play 7.12.07 with deep purple at chastain park, atlanta, ga. i can use that show.that i know of you’ve only offered one deep purple show with coverdale. i have it. i’m sure it’s chastain park is out there. chastain park has some of the best sound for an amphitheatre that i’ve heard.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 13, 2011

  5. seen gary several times including with greg lake at the palladium in nyc in 81. gary stole the show of course. that was the only greg lake solo tour as i recall. im glad he got gary to play gtr for him. there are a lot of shows out there having been recorded by fans and also fm brdcsts etc. with gary’s participation. the bruce baker moore shows are not to be missed. its so hard to believe hes gone. he was an amazing guy on and off stage.
    that palladium show in 81 was the first time i had ever been backstage at a gig as i recall. i was invited to go back by greg but if not for john waite i might never have made it there.
    thanks for posting this. nice item.
    ps–gary did some stuff with albert king that should also be heard. fantastic stuff.

    By darth on Jul 14, 2011

  6. Dear BigO webmaster,
    I hope your time off is for pleasure and not business. You have piled up the posts to keep us busy while you are gone. Please enjoy your holiday. You deserve it.

    Thank you for all your work and effort in bringing us all this great music.


    By Sking on Jul 15, 2011

  7. Don’t forget Tempest, the great Jon Hiseman’s band just between Colosseum and Colosseum II.

    Thanks for this great recording. I love Colosseum II. The band lasted until 1978, when they even played without Gary Moore, who was replaced by Keith Airey, Don’s brother.

    By Barleyman on Jul 16, 2011

  8. Great sound, great band,I enjoy it

    By Hartmut on Jul 17, 2011

  9. The name is Jon Hiseman not John Hiseman. Cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Jul 17, 2011

  10. absolutely stunning performance–if only i could have a time machine to attend the show! thanks for posting this DIAMOND

    By progtron on Oct 2, 2011

  11. Thanx for your work.

    By moodyxadi on Jul 21, 2014

  12. AWESOME! i first heard the bbc session on tommy vance”s friday rock show in the early 80″s, and have heard most of the cologne concert, except “wardance”, so great to hear it included here!! they really were one of the ultimate bands for technical ability and musicianship! 10/10!!

    By mothershipper on Jan 23, 2015

  13. Hello mothershipper;
    I remember Collosseum II in one of the many “Radio 1 In Concert” shows, around this period. Among the tunes they played was “The River”, I mention that to distinguish it from the John Peel session here.
    Anyone know where I might find this? I have tried Google and guitars101 but no luck so far.

    By Tony on Aug 17, 2015

  14. Repost, please.

    By Rafael Melo on Aug 8, 2020

  15. Thanks for posting these tracks, been looking for them since listening to the liv show on John Peel. Excellent.

    By Derek Willoughby on Aug 9, 2020

  16. Yeah, great post BigO. Likin it

    By Derrick on Aug 10, 2020

  17. Agree Derrick, this is good stuff.

    By HHH on Aug 10, 2020

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