Colosseum ‎– Valentyne Suite

Vertigo ‎– VO 1, Vertigo ‎– 847 900 VTY
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 The Kettle
A2 Elegy
A3 Butty's Blues
A4 The Machine Demands A Sacrifice
The Valentyne Suite
B1a Theme One - January's Search
B1b Theme Two - February's Valentyne
B1c Theme Three - The Grass Is Always Greener...



Original UK press released on the Vertigo "large swirl" label, with the wording Vertigo below the spindle hole and "A PHILIPS RECORD PRODUCT” on label side B.

Released in a gatefold sleeve.(earliest sleeves had "A PHILIPS RECORDS PRODUCT" also credited inside gatefold)

Recorded spring/summer 1969.

The tracks B1a to B1c appear on the label styled as ''Part 1'' instead of ''Theme One' 'as on sleeve.


(There is a variant to this release,with slight differences to spacing/layout of ℗1969 and 33⅓ and the wording Vertigo on label.It is here, Colosseum - Valentyne Suite

(Re-issued on the Vertigo "large swirl" label with no "Philips" credit on label and font/layout differences)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (matrix runout Side A): 88 6 77 5 1 Y * 1 420 1 1 1 7
  • Matrix / Runout (matrix runout Side B): 88 6 775 2 * Y * 1 420 1 1 1 4

Other Versions (5 of 67) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SFX-7201 Colosseum Valentyne Suite(LP, Album) Philips SFX-7201 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
VO 1, 847 900 VTY Colosseum Valentyne Suite(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo VO 1, 847 900 VTY UK 1970 Sell This Version
82310-77007-2 Colosseum Valentyne Suite (2xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, RP, Exp) Sanctuary Records 82310-77007-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
VTY 847900, 6357 201 Colosseum Valentyne Suite(LP, Album) Fontana, Bronze VTY 847900, 6357 201 Unknown Sell This Version
ARC-7084 Colosseum Valentyne Suite(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Arcàngelo ARC-7084 Japan 2005 Sell This Version


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August 25, 2017

The track Valentyne Suite is a work of genius, I would say it is is the prog rock equivalent of Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor; it really is that seminal and one of the great musical compositions IMHO. Shame the rest of the album doesn't live up to this but you can't have everything. No record collection would be complete without it.


September 13, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
The Vertigo label couldn't have started any better than this album, Valentyne Suite, Colosseum's second album. The band wanted to go into more progressive realms with this particular album, but the jazz and blues are still the most dominant. "The Kettle" is more in hard rocking territory, where James Litherlind gives some aggressive guitar riffs. "Elegy" is much more jazzy, with jazzy drumming from Jon Hiseman and sax playing from Dick Heckstall-Smith. "Butty's Blues" is very much a blues-oriented piece, but what makes this such a great piece is the organ work from Dave Greenslade, plus there's lots of horns. "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice" is another bluesy number than ends with some strange electronic effects. The title track is what really makes this album, you'll have to have no pulse to just be blown away by the intensity of this piece. These guys really make it seem so easy and effortless, which in reality, it would be very difficult for anyone else to pull that off. Check out the organ playing from Greenslade, and the drumming from Hiseman. How did they do it? It's little wonder why many people have this as a favorite. I find it interesting that the first two parts of the title track, as well as "The Kettle" made it on the U.S. release of Those Who Are About to Die Salute You on ABC/Dunhill, and that American version was released some three months prior to Vanentyne Suite, so basically Americans were previewing Valentyne Suite. I don't know what was going on with ABC/Dunhill and Fontana (Colosseum's original UK label) and Vertigo (Daughter of Time was their only studio album where it was the same for both UK and US releases). Just one listen to the title track is enough to make you understand why many have Valentyne Suite as a favorite, this album is truly a must have!