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The Rolling Stones - The Rock and Roll Circus (Limited Edition, Remastered, 180 Gram) (3 LP)

The Rolling Stones - The Rock and Roll Circus (Limited Edition, Remastered, 180 Gram) (3 LP)

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Triple 180gm vinyl LP pressing. This live album and accompanying concert film (available separately) were greeted as revelations when they surfaced in '96. Not only do we have the Stones with Brian Jones here, eight months before his death, but also long-lost performances by the Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, the slapped-together supergroup Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell), Yoko Ono, Jethro Tull... all captured at a North London studio in December 1968. These amazing documents return here in hi-res audio; spontaneity and the communal spirit of the times dominate the proceedings as you hear the original release plus newly discovered material and never-before-released performances.

The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus documents a December 1968 show, originally intended for broadcast on British television, that featured clowns, acrobats, tigers, a fire-eater, the Rolling Stones and a menagerie of musician friends that included the Who, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The show never aired. The Stones, unhappy with their performance, shelved it. A clip of the Who performing "A Quick One While He's Away" made it into the documentary "The Kids Are Alright," but the rest of the show remained on the shelf until the 1996 release of a laser disc, video, and this soundtrack.

The Stones put together this circus shortly after releasing BEGGAR'S BANQUET. Ringmaster/producer Mick Jagger recruited the above friends along with Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal and the relatively-unknown Jethro Tull. Twenty hours of filming resulted in a production that alternates between vaudevillian spectacle and magical rock and roll performances. Especially noteworthy is a blistering version of the Beatles' "Yer Blues" by the Dirty Mac, a supergroup featuring John Lennon on rhythm guitar and vocals, Eric Clapton on lead, Keith Richards on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums.

The Stones went on at 1 in the morning on December 11, performing a set that included several songs from BEGGAR'S BANQUET and the not-yet-released "You Can't Always Get What You Want," sometimes playing a song two or three times to get it right for TV. Despite the numerous takes and the late hour, the Stones' intensity never flagged. This is, despite what they thought, a great performance. It builds up to a hypnotic "Sympathy For The Devil" and a rousing sing-along version of "Salt Of The Earth" that ends the circus.

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals); Keith Richards (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Brian Jones (electric & slide guitars); Bill Wyman (bass); Charlie Watts (drums).
Producers: Jimmy Miller, Jody Klein, Lenne Allik.

Recorded live in England on December 10-11, 1968.
Includes liner notes by David Dalton.

  • Format: Vinyl
  • Genre: Rock



A1 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger's Introduction Of Rock And Roll Circus
A2 Circus Band Entry Of The Gladiators
A3 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger's Introduction Of Jethro Tull
A4 Jethro Tull Song For Jeffrey
A5 Keith Richards Keith Richards' Introduction Of The Who
A6 The Who A Quick One While He's Away
A7 Circus Band Over The Waves
B1 Taj Mahal Ain't That A Lot Of Love
B2 Charlie Watts Charlie Watts' Introduction Of Marianne Faithfull
B3 Marianne Faithfull Something Better
B4 Mick Jagger & John Lennon Mick Jagger's & John Lennon's Introduction Of The Dirty Mac
B5 The Dirty Mac Yer Blues
B6 Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis With The Dirty Mac Whole Lotta Yoko
C1a John Lennon John Lennon's Introduction Of The Rolling Stones
C1b The Rolling Stones Jumping Jack Flash
C2 The Rolling Stones Parachute Woman
C3 The Rolling Stones No Expectations
C4 The Rolling Stones You Can't Always Get What You Want
D1 The Rolling Stones Sympathy For The Devil
D2 The Rolling Stones Salt Of The Earth
E1 Taj Mahal Checkin' Up On My Baby
E2 Taj Mahal Leaving Trunk
E3 Taj Mahal Corinna
F1 The Dirty Mac Revolution (Rehearsal)
F2 The Dirty Mac Warmup Jam
F3 The Dirty Mac Yer Blues (Take 2)
F4 Brian Jones Brian Jones' Introduction Of Julius Katchen
F5 Julius Katchen Ritual Fire Dance
F6 Julius Katchen Sonata In C Major -1st Movement


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