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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus [2CD/Blu-Ray/DVD]

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This is 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 showstopping 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." [The 2019 expanded version of Rock and Roll Circus contains a host of unreleased material, much of it from acts who aren't the Rolling Stones. The Dirty Mac have two rehearsals -- "Revolution" and "Warmup Jam" -- along with an alternate of "Yer Blues," and there are three unreleased songs from Taj Mahal and a pair of cuts from Julius Katchen. On the DVD, much of this material is replicated, and there are also backstage clips and an 18-minute interview with Pete Townshend.] ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Mick Jagger's Introduction of Rock and Roll Circus The Rolling Stones 0:26
  3. 2 Entry of the Gladiators The Rolling Stones 0:56
  4. 3 Mick Jagger's Introduction of Jethro Tull The Rolling Stones 0:10
  5. 4 Song for Jeffrey The Rolling Stones 3:25
  6. 5 Keith Richards' Introduction of the Who The Rolling Stones 0:7
  7. 6 A Quick One While He's Away The Rolling Stones 7:32
  8. 7 Over the Waves The Rolling Stones 0:45
  9. 8 Ain't That a Lot of Love The Rolling Stones 3:50
  10. 9 Charlie Watts' Introduction of Marianne Faithfull The Rolling Stones 0:6
  11. 10 Something Better The Rolling Stones 2:31
  12. 11 Mick Jagger's and John Lennon's Introduction of the Dirty Mac The Rolling Stones 1:4
  13. 12 Yer Blues The Rolling Stones 4:27
  14. 13 Whole Lotta Yoko The Rolling Stones 4:50
  15. 14 John Lennon's Introduction of the Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones 3:35
  16. 15 Parachute Woman The Rolling Stones 2:59
  17. 16 No Expectations The Rolling Stones 4:14
  18. 17 You Can't Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones 4:24
  19. 18 Sympathy For the Devil The Rolling Stones 8:49
  20. 19 Salt of the Earth The Rolling Stones 4:56
  21. 20 Checkin' Up On My Baby [Bonus] Taj Mahal 5:53
  22. 21 Leaving Trunk [Bonus] Taj Mahal 6:47
  23. 22 Corinna [Bonus] Taj Mahal 4:40
  24. 23 Revolution (Rehearsal) [Bonus] The Dirty Mac 2:42
  25. 24 Warmup Jam [Bonus] The Dirty Mac 4:14
  26. 25 Yer Blues (Take 2) [Bonus] The Dirty Mac 4:27
  27. 27 de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance [Bonus] Julius Katchen 4:4
  28. 28 Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st Movement [Bonus] Julius Katchen 2:25
  29. 1 Checkin' Up on My Baby The Rolling Stones 5:52
  30. 2 Leaving Trunk The Rolling Stones 6:47
  31. 3 Corinna The Rolling Stones 4:45
  32. 4 Revolution (Rehearsal) The Rolling Stones 2:47
  33. 5 Warmup Jam The Rolling Stones 4:17
  34. 6 Yer Blues [Take 2] The Rolling Stones 4:30
  35. 7 Brian Jones' Introduction of Julius Katchen The Rolling Stones 0:19
  36. 8 De Falla: Ritual Fire Dance The Rolling Stones 4:3
  37. 9 Mozart: Sonata In C Major - 1st Movement The Rolling Stones 2:28

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