Valentyne Suite

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Valentyne Suite
Colosseum ValentyneSuite.jpg
Studio album by Colosseum
Released November 1969
Recorded Spring and Summer 1969
Genre Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, jazz rock
Length 34:46
Label Vertigo (UK)
Producer Tony Reeves and Gerry Bron
Colosseum chronology
Those Who Are About To Die Salute You
Valentyne Suite
The Grass Is Greener
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Valentyne Suite was the second album released by the band Colosseum. It was Vertigo Records' first album release, and reached number 15 in the UK Albums Chart in 1969.[2]

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 and producer Tony Reeves later claimed that it was written by guitarist and vocalist James Litherland.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Kettle" (Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman) – 4:28
  2. "Elegy" (James Litherland) – 3:14
  3. "Butty's Blues" (Litherland) – 6:46
  4. "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice" (Litherland, Heckstall-Smith, Pete Brown, Hiseman) – 3:53
  5. "Valentyne Suite Theme One: January's Search" (Dave Greenslade) – 6:25
  6. "Valentyne Suite Theme Two: February's Valentyne" (Greenslade) – 3:33
  7. "Valentyne Suite Theme Three: The Grass is Always Greener" (Heckstall-Smith, Hiseman) – 6:55

Valentyne Suite was originally written with "Beware the Ides of March" as the final movement, but since "Beware the Ides of March" had already been released in the UK on Those Who Are About to Die Salute You, "The Grass is Always Greener" was substituted for the final movement in the UK release. Compact Disc issues of the suite follow the track listing of the UK release.



Guest musicians[edit]

Neil Ardley - conductor on "Butty's Blues", string arrangement on "Elegy"


  1. ^ Valentyne Suite at AllMusic
  2. ^ Colosseum chart history, The Official Charts. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  3. ^ July 2003. Interview with Tony Reeves, Let it Rock.
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