The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

Release date
15 Oct 1996
Running length
19 tracks
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1 Mick Jagger's Introduction of Rock & Roll Circus 0:00 25
2 Entry of the Gladiators 0:55 5,668
3 Mick Jagger's Introduction to Jethro Tull 0:00 17
4 Song For Jeffrey 3:25 2,255
5 Keith Richard's Introduction of The Who 0:07 91
6 Quick One, While He's Away 7:32 6
7 Over the Waves 0:45 4,144
8 Ain't That A Lot Of Love 3:48 2,250
9 Charlie Watts' Introduction of Marianne Faithfull 0:05 57
10 Something Better 2:31 2,033
11 Mick Jagger's And John Lennon's Introduction Of The Dirty Mac 1:05 1,256
12 Yer Blues 4:26 2,932
13 Whole Lotta Yoko 0:00 2,100
14 John Lennon's Introduction of the Rolling Stones/Jumpin' Jack Flash 3:35 899
15 Parachute Woman 2:19 109,558
16 No Expectations 4:13 152,881
17 You Can't Always Get What You Want 4:50 609,608
18 Sympathy For The Devil ((The Neptunes Remix) (Radio Edit)) 4:05 551
19 Salt Of The Earth 4:57 101,198

About this album

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is a film released in 1996 of an 11 December 1968 event put together by The Rolling Stones. The event comprised two concerts on a circus stage and included such acts 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 it because they were unhappy with their performance.

The Stones contended that they withheld the film’s release due to their substandard performance, because they had taken the stage early in the morning and were clearly exhausted. Many others believe that the true 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 recently, 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 rock music and a circus setting came to him when he was trying to come up with ideas; he drew a circle on a piece of paper and free-associated.

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  • oldiesfanjohn

    what blows my mind is that they were still filming at 5am,with audience still doubt drugs aplenty,lol

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • straineryou

    isn't it a bit silly to have quick one, while he's away tagged as by the rolling stones when it is clearly by the who?

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
  • FijneWIET

    btw: NEPTUNES RADIO EDIT?!?! nonononono

    25 Jan 2008 Reply
  • FijneWIET

    's either this or filing -all individual tracks- under 'various artists' which would a)be far more unsatisfactorily b)be inadequate (it IS officially listed as a RS album with guest appearances) and c)undermine LastFM's database efficiency for you and me..

    25 Jan 2008 Reply
  • FijneWIET

    wrong, it does count as a RS release

    25 Jan 2008 Reply

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