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ColosseumValentyne Suite

Label:Vertigo – VO 1, Vertigo – 847 900 VTY
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Jazz, Rock
Style:Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock

Tracklist

A1The Kettle
A2Elegy
A3Butty's Blues
A4The Machine Demands A Sacrifice
The Valentyne Suite
B1aTheme One - January's Search
B1bTheme Two - February's Valentyne
B1cTheme Three - The Grass Is Always Greener...
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Notes

Original UK press.
Released in a matt gatefold sleeve with 'swirl' Vertigo inner bag.

[Sleeve]
"A Philips Records Product" printed at the bottom of the credits. This was removed on later versions.

[Label]
Vertigo "large swirl" label.
"Ⓟ 1969" sits directly above "33 1/3", unlike other versions where it sits slightly to the right.
"A Philips Record Product" at six o'clock. This was removed on later versions.

Tracks B1a to B1c appear on the label as ''Part 1'', "Part 2" & "Part 3" instead of ''Theme One", ''Theme Two" & ''Theme Three" as on sleeve.

Recorded Spring/Summer 1969.

This version was also imported to France by Philips in limited quantity with a sticker on the front cover (see photo).

Cat# variants:
VO 1 (spine, rear sleeve & B-side label);
847 900 VTY (rear sleeve & B-side label).

Similar versions:
- Valentyne Suite;
- Valentyne Suite.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 847 900 2Y
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1: Side A runout, stamped): 886 775 1Y*1 420 1 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1: Side B runout, stamped): 886 775 2*Y*1 420 1 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side A runout, stamped): 886 775 1Y⚹1 420 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side B runout, stamped; the two ⚹-markers between 2 and Y are overlapping each other): 886 775 2⚹⚹Y⚹1 420 1 1 1 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side A runout, stamped): 886 775 1Y*1 420 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side B runout, stamped): 886 775 2*Y*1 420 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side A runout, stamped): 886 775 1Y*1 420 1 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side B runout, stamped): 886 775 2*Y * 1 420 11 14
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side A runout, stamped): 886 775 1Y⚹1 420 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side B runout, stamped; "⚹⚹" over "1" & "2" over "3"): 886 775 2 ̷1̷⚹⚹Y⚹1 4 ̷3̷20 11 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side A runout): 88 6 77 5 1 Y * 1 420 1 1 1 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side B runout): 88 6 775 2 * Y * 1 420 1 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side A runout): 88 6 77 5 1 Y * 1 420 1 1 11
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side B runout): 88 6 775 2 * Y * 1 420 11 13
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8: Side A runout): 88 6 77 5 1 Y * 1 420 1 1 1 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8: Side A runout): 88 6 775 2 * Y * 1 420 1 1 1 6

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Valentyne Suite (LP, Album, Stereo)Vertigo847 900 VTYGermany1969
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Valentyne Suite (LP, Album, Gatefold )Fontana, Vertigo847 900 VTY, VO 1Netherlands1969
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Valentyne Suite (LP, Album, Stereo)FontanaVTY 847900New Zealand1969
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Valentyne Suite (LP, Album)Vertigo, VertigoVO 1, 847.900 VTYFrance1969
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Valentyne Suite (LP, Album)Fontana847 900 VTYAustralia1969

Reviews

spacewarp's avatar
spacewarp
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.
progfan97402's avatar
progfan97402
Edited 10 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!