Various Artists – The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus (Expanded) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Various Artists – The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus (Expanded) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:34:56 minutes | 3,89 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ABKCO Music & Records

For over 20 years, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, a multi-media event staged in late 1968 under a circus tent in a north London TV studio, and meant to be shown on the BBC, lay unedited and unseen reportedly because the band was unhappy with its performance. In 1992 director Michael Lindsay-Hogg began editing it, a process that was finally finished in 1996 before the film and soundtrack were released on both CD and DVD. It has now been re-released with a new 4K Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos DVD/Blu-Ray of the film and a soundtrack expanded to 28 tracks, with a new mix in a 192k/24 bit HD restoration. Often dismissed as a goofy, DayGlo relic that reflected the mushy peace and love currents of the moment, this high resolution reissue shows that a serious reassessment of this oddity is long overdue.

Because of setups and multiple takes the event dragged on much longer than expected and so the Stones performance was recorded in the wee hours of the morning (Richards has said that the band had to bring in a second audience after wearing out the first). And yet the band’s six songs, four coming from the recently released Beggars Banquet, are the electric heart of this collection. In fact it’s Jagger, one of the originators of the circus concept, who almost single-handedly carries the day with his energetically deranged performance of “Sympathy for the Devil.”

Other highlights include a red hot performance by The Who of “A Quick One, While He’s Away,” (with Keith Moon on fire), Taj Mahal groovin’ with guitarist Jesse Ed Davis on “Ain’t That A Lot of Love,” and John Lennon bantering jabberwocky with Jagger and playing The White Album’s”Yer Blues” with Eric Clapton on guitar, Keith Richards on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. A second take of “Yer Blues” is included among the nine unreleased tracks here along with three more Taj Mahal blues numbers, Mozart from pianist Julius Katchen and a rehearsal take of another Beatles tune, “Revolution.” Circus is also notable for being Brian Jones’ last official performance with the band; he died in July 1969, the first of too many 27-year old rockers to die young.  –  Robert Baird

1. Mick Jagger – Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Rock And Roll Circus (00:26)
2. Circus Band – Entry Of The Gladiators (00:55)
3. Mick Jagger – Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Jethro Tull (00:09)
4. Jethro Tull – Song For Jeffrey (03:24)
5. Keith Richards – Keith Richards’ Introduction Of The Who (00:07)
6. The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away (07:32)
7. Circus Band – Over The Waves (00:44)
8. Taj Mahal – Ain’t That A Lot Of Love (03:49)
9. Charlie Watts – Charlie Watts’ Introduction Of Marianne Faithfull (00:05)
10. Marianne Faithfull – Something Better (02:31)
11. Mick Jagger – Mick Jagger’s And John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Dirty Mac (01:03)
12. The Dirty Mac – Yer Blues (04:27)
13. Yoko Ono – Whole Lotta Yoko (04:50)
14. The Rolling Stones – John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash (03:34)
15. The Rolling Stones – Parachute Woman (02:58)
16. The Rolling Stones – No Expectations (04:13)
17. The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (04:23)
18. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil (08:49)
19. The Rolling Stones – Salt Of The Earth (04:56)
20. Taj Mahal – Checkin’ Up On My Baby (05:52)
21. Taj Mahal – Leaving Trunk (06:47)
22. Taj Mahal – Corinna (04:45)
23. The Dirty Mac – Revolution (Rehearsal) (02:47)
24. The Dirty Mac – Warmup Jam (04:17)
25. The Dirty Mac – Yer Blues (Take 2) (04:30)
26. Brian Jones – Brian Jones’ Introduction Of Julius Katchen (00:19)
27. Julius Katchen – de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance (04:03)
28. Julius Katchen – Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st Movement (02:26)

Sir Robert Fossett’s Circus
Norman McGlen, midget
Willie Shearer, midget
Milton Reid, strongman
Jethro Tull:
Ian Anderson, flute & vocals (recorded live)
Glenn Cornick, bass & harmonica (mimed)
Tony Iommi, guitar (mimed)
Clive Bunker, drums (mimed)
The Who:
Roger Daltrey, vocals
Pete Townshend, guitar & vocals
John Entwistle, bass & backing vocals
Keith Moon, drums
Taj Mahal, harmonica & vocals
Jesse Ed Davis, guitar
Gary Gilmore, bass
Chuck Blackwell, drums
Marianne Faithfull, vocals
Danny Kamara, fire-eater
Donyale Luna, assistant
The Dirty Mac:
John Lennon, guitar & vocals
Eric Clapton, guitar
Keith Richards, bass
Mitch Mitchell, drums
Ivry Gitlis, violin
Yoko Ono, vocals
The Rolling Stones:
Mick Jagger, vocals
Brian Jones, guitar
Keith Richards, guitar
Bill Wyman, bass
Charlie Watts, drums
Nicky Hopkins, piano
Kwasi Rocky Dzidzornu, percussion
Julius Katchen, piano (bonus tracks only)


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