• Tracklist
    • 1. "MICK JAGGER'S INTRODUCTION OF ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS"
    • 2. "ENTRY OF THE GLADIATORS" - Circus Orchestra
    • 3. "MICK JAGGER'S INTRODUCTION OF JETHRO TULL"
    • 4. "SONG FOR JEFFREY" - Jethro Tull
    • 5. "KEITH RICHARD'S INTRODUCTION OF THE WHO"
    • 6. "A QUICK ONE WHILE HE'S AWAY" - The Who
    • 7. "OVER THE WAVES" - Circus Orchestra
    • 8. "AIN'T THAT A LOT OF LOVE" - Taj Mahal
    • 9. "CHARLIE WATTS' INTRODUCTION OF MARIANNE FAITHFULL"
    • 10. "SOMETHING BETTER" - Marianne Faithfull
    • 11. "MICK JAGGER'S AND JOHN LENNON'S INTRODUCTION OF THE DIRTY MAC"
    • 12. "YER BLUES" - The Dirty Mac
    • 13. "WHOLE LOTTA YOKO" - Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac
    • 14. "JOHN LENNON'S INTRODUCTION OF THE ROLLING STONES"
    • 15. "JUMPING JACK FLASH" - The Rolling Stones
    • 16. "PARACHUTE WOMAN" - The Rolling Stones
    • 17. "NO EXPECTATIONS" - The Rolling Stones
    • 18. "YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT" - The Rolling Stones
    • 19. "SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL" - The Rolling Stones
    • 20. "SALT OF THE EARTH" - The Rolling Stones

The most interesting archival release of The Rolling Stones since More Hot Rocks, 20 years ago, and the first issue of truly unreleased material by the Stones from this period. And the Stones have some competition from the Who, Taj Mahal, and John Lennon on the same release.

Filmed and recorded on December 10-11, 1968, at a North London studio, Rock and Roll Circus has been, as much as the Beach Boys’ Smile, “the one that got away” for most ’60s music enthusiasts. The Jethro Tull sequence is the standard studio track, but the rest — except for the Stones’ “Salt of the Earth” — is really live. The Who’s portion has been out before, courtesy of various documentaries, but Taj Mahal playing some loud electric blues is new and great, the live Lennon rendition of “Yer Blues” is indispensable, and the Stones’ set fills in lots of blanks in their history — “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” in one of two live renditions it ever got with Brian Jones in the lineup, “Sympathy for the Devil” in an intense run-through, “Parachute Woman” as a lost live vehicle for the band, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as a show-stopping rocker even without its extended ending (no Paul Buckmaster choir), and “No Expectations” as their first piece of great live blues since “Little Red Rooster.” It’s a must-own, period.

 

Album Review by Bruce Eder,  AllMusic.com

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