THE ROLLING STONES – ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS (LIMITED EDITION)

THE ROLLING STONES – ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS (LIMITED EDITION)

Unavailable at all for nearly three decades, then issued in a VHS edition in 1996, the Rolling Stones’ legendary Rock and Roll Circus finally gets the full treatment with this release documenting the 1968 event. The Stones were reportedly unhappy with their performance (hence the long delay), and it isn’t their finest moment; performing “Jumping Jack Flash” and a variety of songs from their then-new Beggars Banquet album, Keith Richards is game, but Jagger’s preening (especially on “Sympathy for the Devil”) is over the top, and guitarist Brian Jones looks dissolute and well on his way to his death the following year. A certain weirdness permeates some of the other musical acts as well: Jethro Tull lip-syncs unconvincingly, Taj Mahal and band were obliged to perform before the circus set was completed and the audience had arrived, and John Lennon’s outing with impromptu supergroup the Dirty Mac (with Richards, Eric Clapton, and drummer Mitch Mitchell) is hampered by Yoko Ono’s caterwauling, although their version of the Beatles’ “Yer Blues” is cool. Still, the Who are brilliant, Marianne Faithfull is beautiful, the various circus acts are fun, and the crowd clearly loves it.

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  1. Mick Jagger’s Introduction of “Rock and Roll Circus”
  2. Entry of the Gladiators
  3. Mick Jagger’s Introduction of “Jethro Tull”
  4. Jethro Tull – Jeffrey
  5. Keith Richard’s Introduction of “The Who”
  6. The Who – A Quick One (While He’s Away)
  7. Over The Waves
  8. Taj Mahal – Ain’t That A Lot of Love
  9. Charlie Watts’ Introduction of “Marianne Faithful”
  10. Marianne Faithful – Something Better
  11. Mick Jagger’s Introduction of “The Dirty Mac”
  12. The Dirty Mac – Yer Blues
  13. The Dirty Mac – Whole Lotta Yoko
  14. The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  15. The Rolling Stones – Parachute Woman
  16. The Rolling Stones – No Expectations
  17. The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  18. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
  19. The Rolling Stones – Salt of the Earth

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