Colosseum was a progressive rock band from Britain with a serious jazz bent. Probably the most interesting trivia fact about them is that their second album, Valentyne Suite, was the first record to be released on Vertigo, the sub-label created by Phillips, famed for its signing of progressive and psychedelic music and launching of bands like Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, and an overwhelming amount of the music I post to this blog.
This debut album, Those Who Are About To Die Salute You, was widely acclaimed for its accessible approach to fusing jazz and rock in 1969. This arrangement of Graham Bond’s Walking in the Park led off the record and serves as a good example of that. The band only managed to stay together until 1971, but somehow put out 4 albums before parting ways and creating or joining a bunch of legendary prog rock bands: Atomic Rooster, Greenslade, and Humble Pie.