Paul Williams left in June 1973, and his later adventures includes playing the music of blues legend Robert Johnson. He was followed a month later by Holdsworth, who joined Soft Machine, and later Gong, UK, Jean-Luc Pontyand also played with drummer John Stevens among other things.
Jon Hiseman: drums
Mark Clarke: bass
Ollie Halsall: guitar, keyboards, vocals
Ollie Halsall had joined on guitar, keyboards and vocals. Halsall had worked with Timebox which developed into Patto, and also recorded with Scaffold and Brian Eno.
The band's music has been claimed to be more jazz influenced on the second album Living In Fear (Bronze ILPS 9267). For me at least the music is not so different from Tempest, though it has clearly moved a step away from Colosseum. Like the first it was recorded at Air London in October and November 1973.
Funeral Empire (Halsall)
Paperback Writer (Lennon/McCartney)
Star Gazer (Clarke/Bottomley)
Dance To My Tune (Clarke/Bottomley)
Living In Fear (Halsall)
Yeah Yeah Yeah (Halsall/Hiseman)
Waiting For A Miracle (Halsall)
Turn Around (Clarke/Bottomley)
The second album is dominated by Halsall's vocals and guitar. The rhythm section continues as on the first album to build complex rhythms for Halsall to use as a trampolene for his improvisations. Another fine album.
After the split
Hiseman organised a new Colosseum II in 1975
Clarke went to play with Natural Gas, Mountain and Rainbow.
Halsall went on to play with Kevin Ayers, Boxer and John Otway.