Rolling Stones - Rock And Roll Circus [Dolby 5.1 PCM 2.0 - MultiSub]
Released: 14 October 1996
Recorded: 11 - 12 December 1968
Genre: Rock, blues-rock, hard rock
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 PCM 2.0
Subtitle: English, Italian, Portuguese, French, Dutch
Support: Dvd9 Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is a film released in 1996 of a December 11, 1968 event put together by The Rolling Stones. The event comprised two concerts on a circus stage, and included acts such as Eric Clapton, The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and Jethro Tull. John Lennon and his fiancee Yoko Ono performed as part of a supergroup called The Dirty Mac, along with Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, and Keith Richards. It was originally meant to be aired on the BBC, but the Rolling Stones withheld its airing and release.
The Stones contended that they withheld its release due to their substandard performance because they had taken the stage early in the morning and were exhausted. Many others contend that the real reason for not releasing the video was that The Who, who were fresh off a concert tour, upstaged the Stones on their own production. The Stones had not toured in a while and were not in top playing condition, as the Who were.
The project was originally conceived by Mick Jagger as a way of branching out from conventional records and concert performances. Jagger approached Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had directed two promos for Stones songs, to make a full-length TV show for them. According to Lindsay-Hogg, the idea of combining music and circus came to him when he was trying to come up with ideas; he drew a circle on a piece of paper and free-associated. The Stones and their guests performed in a replica of a seedy big top on a British sound stage, in front of an invited audience. The performances began at around 2 p.m. on December 11, 1968, but setting up between acts took longer than planned and the cameras kept breaking down, which meant that the final performances took place at almost 5 a.m. the next morning.
By that time the audience and most of the Stones were visibly exhausted; only Jagger\\\'s sheer stamina managed to keep them going until the end. Jagger was reportedly so disappointed with his and the band\\\'s performance that he cancelled the airing of the film, and kept it from public view. This was the last public performance of Brian Jones with The Rolling Stones.
Some of the footage of the concert was thought to be lost until 1989 when it was found in a trash can in a cellar. A significant segment of footage of The Who from the production was actually shown theatrically in the documentary The Kids Are Alright (1979), the only public viewing of the film until its eventual release. The Stones\\\' film was restored and finally released on CD and video in 1996. Included on the recordings are the introductions for each act, including some entertaining banter between Jagger and Lennon, expressing mutual friendship and admiration.
This concert is the only footage of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi performing as a member of Jethro Tull; he was a member for only several weeks. While Ian Anderson\\\'s flute and vocal were performed and recorded live, the rest of the band mimed to the album version of \\\"A Song for Jeffrey\\\".
In 2004, a remastered DVD was released, with audio remixed into Dolby Surround. The DVD includes footage of the show, along with extra features which include previously \\\"lost\\\" performances, an interview with Pete Townshend, and three audio commentaries. Of particular interest in the Townshend interview is his description of the genesis of the Circus project, which he claims was initially meant to involve the performers travelling across the United States via train. (A concert concept used for a short concert series in Canada that was later documented in the feature film Festival Express).The remastered DVD also includes a special four-camera view of Dirty Mac\\\'s performance of The Beatles\\\' \\\"Yer Blues\\\" (showing Ono kneeling on the floor in front of the musicians, completely covered in a black sheet).
1. Mick Jagger\\\'s Introduction of Rock and Roll Circus (0:25)
2. Entry Of The Gladiators (Julius Fucik) - Orchester (0:54)
3. Mick Jagger\\\'s Introduction of Jethro Tull (0:11)
4. Song For Jeffrey (Ian Anderson) - Jethro Tull (3:25)
5. Keith Richard\\\'s Introduction of The Who (0:07)
6. A Quick One While He\\\'s Away (Pete Townshend) - The Who (7:32)
7. Over The Waves (Juventino Rosas) - Orchester (0:45)
8. Ain\\\'t That A Lot Of Love (Willia Dean Parker/Homer Banks) - Taj Mahal (3:48)
9. Charlie Watt\\\'s Introduction of Marianne Faithfull (0:05)
10. Something Better (Barry Mann/Gerry Goffin) - Marianne Faithfull (2:31)
11. Mick Jagger\\\'s and John Lennon\\\'s Introduction of The Dirty Mac (1:05)
12. Yer Blues (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) - The Dirty Mac (4:26)
13. Whole Lotta Yoko (Yoko Ono) - Yoko Ono, Ivry Gitlis, The Dirty Mac (4:48)
14. John Lennon\\\'s Introduction of The Rolling Stones/Jumpin\\\' Jack Flash (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) - The Rolling Stones (3:35)
15. Parachute Woman (Jagger/Richards) - The Rolling Stones (2:58)
16. No Expectations (Jagger/Richards) - The Rolling Stones (4:13)
17. You Can\\\'t Always Get What You Want (Jagger/Richards) - The Rolling Stones ( 4:24)
18. Sympathy for the Devil (Jagger/Richards) - The Rolling Stones (8:48)
19. Salt of the Earth (Jagger/Richards) - The Rolling Stones (4:57)