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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
The Rolling Stones
1. Mick Jagger's Introduction of Rock and Roll Circus
2. Entry of the Gladiators
3. Mick Jagger's Introduction of Jethro Tull
4. Song for Jeffrey
5. Keith Richard's Introduction of the Who
6. Quick One While He's Away, A
7. Over the Waves
8. Ain't That a Lot of Love
9. Charlie Watts' Introduction of Marianne Faithfull
10. Something Better
11. Mick Jagger's and John Lennon's Introduction of the Dirty Mac
12. Yer Blues
13. Whole Lotta Yoko
14. John Lennon's Introduction Of The Rolling Stones / Jumping Jack Flash
15. Parachute Woman
16. No Expectations
17. You Can't Always Get What You Want
18. Sympathy for the Devil
19. Salt of the Earth
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1268
The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals); Keith Richards (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Brian Jones (electric & slide guitars); Bill Wyman (bass); Charlie Watts (drums).
The Dirty Mac: John Lennon (vocals, guitar); Eric Clapton (guitar); Keith Richards (bass); Mitch Mitchell (drums).
Additional performers: Jethro Tull, The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, Ivry Gitlis, Nicky Hopkins.
Producers: Jimmy Miller, Jody Klein, Lenne Allik.
Recorded live in England on December 10-11, 1968.
Includes liner notes by David Dalton.
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.
Entertainment Weekly (10/25/96, p.116) - "...The just-clowning-around vibe gives the proceedings an unpretentious feel that nicely evokes the era's spirit. Upped a notch for historical resonance." - Rating: A-
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