Colosseum ‎– The Grass Is Greener

ABC/Dunhill Records ‎– DS 50079
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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A1 Jumping Off The Sun
Composed By – Tomlin*, Taylor*
A2 Lost Angeles
Composed By – Greenslade*, Heckstall-Smith*
A3 Elegy
Arranged By [String Quartet Parts Are Super] – Neil ArdleyComposed By – Litherland*Vocals – James Litherland
A4 Butty's Blues
Arranged By [Include A Massive Big-Band Arrangement By The Superb] – Neil ArdleyComposed By – Litherland*
B1 Rope Ladder To The Moon
Composed By – Bruce*, Brown*
B2 Bolero
Composed By – Ravel*
B3 The Machine Demands A Sacrifice
Composed By – Litherland*, Hiseman*, Brown*
B4 The Grass Is Greener
Composed By – Heckstall-Smith*, Hiseman*

Companies, etc.



The pressing has the side number above the catalog number on the left side of labels. On some other pressings the catalog number is above the side number.

Recorded: London - Summer/Winter 1969
Produced for Hit Record Productions Ltd.

Dunhill Records Inc. / New York / Los Angeles / A Subsidiary of ABC Records, Inc. / Made in U.S.A.

A1, A2, A3. A4, B3, B4: Dick James Music Inc.
B1: Casserole Music Corp.
B2: Elkan-Vogel Co., Inc.

Notes not on release:
This original LP was released in the US only.
Although it has a misleadingly similar sleeve design, most of the music on this album is very different from that on the well-known "Valentyne Suite" released just a few months earlier in the UK. (a. o. due to the replacement of James Litherland for Dave Clempson)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Etched, Side 1): DS 50079-A Δ14470
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Etched, Side 2): DS 50079-B Δ14470-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Stamped, Sides 1 & 2): MR (In a circle)

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DS 50079, DS-50079 Colosseum The Grass Is Greener(LP, Album, Gat) Dunhill, ABC Records DS 50079, DS-50079 US 1970 Sell This Version
DS 50079 Colosseum The Grass Is Greener(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) ABC/Dunhill Records DS 50079 US 1970 Sell This Version
DS 50079, DS-50079 Colosseum The Grass Is Greener(LP, Album) Dunhill, Dunhill DS 50079, DS-50079 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
TECD181 Colosseum The Grass Is Greener(CD, Album, RE) Talking Elephant Records TECD181 UK 2011 Sell This Version
8023 50079 Colosseum The Grass Is Greener(8-Trk, Gat) ABC/Dunhill Records 8023 50079 US 1970 Sell This Version



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September 11, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
I was totally blown away with Valentyne Suite (you probably have no pulse if the title track doesn't blow you away with its insane intensity). I don't know what on Earth was going on, but there seemed to be very little communication between Vertigo and ABC/Dunhill. So Americans got instead The Grass is Greener, featuring new guitarist Dave "Clem" Clempson (later of Humble Pie). What you have here is material not found anywhere else, reworkings of Valentyne Suite with the new guitarist, and one cut unchanged from Valentyne Suite (with James Litherland). The cover is the same, though, maybe a different hue. I have to say I love these new songs here like "Jumping Off the Sun", "Lost Angeles", and "Rope Ladder to the Moon" (a Jack Bruce song, just like "Theme to an Imaginary Western"). "Rope Ladder" is the only Colosseum song to feature the Mellotron, but Dave Greenslade would put the Mellotron to much greater use in his next band, Greenslade. "Bolero", a take on Ravel's famous piece, is a bit unbearable, but Clem Clempson does add a nice psychedelic guitar solo. It's nice to see takes of "Butty's Blues", "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice", and "The Grass is Always Greener" with the new guitarist. his voice is lower than James Litherland, he can't hit those high notes, as you will notice. They felt the psychedelic ending of "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice" had to be hacked out to be accepted by an American audience. "Elegy" is exactly the same as on Valentyne Suite, that is including James Litherland's presence.