The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus

The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg Cast: The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jethro Tull
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The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus

Although The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus was filmed over December 11 and 12, 1968, the final film did not see the light of day until the mid-'90s. The rumor had always been that the band sat on it, as they had been outplayed by one of their guest stars, the Who. This DVD will allow viewers to decide if Mick Jagger and company were correct in that assessment. The show is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio. English soundtracks are rendered in both an excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix. Supplemental materials include three different commentary tracks featuring such notables as the show's director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and performers Keith Richards, Taj Mahal, and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. However, the highlight is a commentary by Marianne Faithful. The singer obviously lived a quintessential Swinging '60s London lifestyle, but she feels no need to romanticize that time. Her comments offer a great deal of historical context as well as poignancy; they are augmented by the remarks of journalist David Dalton, who was a stringer for Rolling Stone and was present during the filming of the special. He provides a great deal of insight into the history of the band as well as of the times. He also offers analysis of the songs performed by the Rolling Stones that is pointed without being overly academic. Those two provide one of the best commentaries about rock & roll yet released. A smattering of behind-the-scenes footage and an interesting new interview with Pete Townshend round out this first-class DVD that is recommended to all rock fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
UPC: 0038781100398
Original Release: 1968
Source: Abkco
Time: 1:03:00
Sales rank: 20,136

Special Features

Backstage footage; Never before seen performance footage of: John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell & Taj Mahal; Ruminations & musings from: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Ian Anderson and others; A special appearance by Pete Townshend; Photo gallery

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue [:32]
2. Parade [2:10]
3. Jethro Tull - Song for Jeffrey [3:43]
4. The Who - A Quick One While He's Away [7:40]
5. Trapeze Artists [1:20]
6. Taj Mahal - Ain't That a Lot of Love [3:52]
7. Marianne Faithful - Something Better [2:35]
8. Fire Eater and Luna [1:30]
9. Mick & John [1:05]
10. The Dirty Mac - Yer Blues [4:13]
11. Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis With the Dirty Mac - Whole Lotta Yoko [5:01]
12. The Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack Flash [3:39]
13. The Rolling Stones - Parachute Woman [2:57]
14. The Rolling Stones - No Expectations [4:07]
15. The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want [4:27]
16. The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil [8:51]
17. The Rolling Stones - Salt of the Earth [4:54]
18. Credits [2:47]

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The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got this DVD a few days ago and saw it for the first time (not including the Who's 'A Quick One' which most of us long have seen from 'The Kids Are Alright' and until the VHS release of 'Rock and Roll Circus' the only commercially available footage from that event). Contrary to B&N's review, Jimi Hendrix does not appear with John Lennon's one-off group the Dirty Mac (that it does include Mitch Mitchell from the Hendrix Exp, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton doing 'Yer Blues' is worthy enough for ownership of this DVD). One reviewer who was hoping for Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) commentary and dissapointed that there wasn't any - there in fact is, plus commentary from Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithful and Taj Mahal. You have to go to the 'set up' part of the DVD and make the appropriate commentary selection to hear the dialogue. What happens is you will see the DVD play normally but hear Bill, Keith, Ian, etc commentary play over the normal soundtrack and you can choose subtitles to view as well. It's true that the Rolling Stones' performance wasn't their best - you can see Brian Jones looking very much out of it, almost not there at moments, but they pulled off good renditions of classics from the then recent 'Beggars Banquet' album, and yet to be recorded classic 'You Can't Always Get What You Want'. But it is also true that the Who blew their doors off that night, probably the biggest reason for the shelving of 'Rock and Roll Circus' for years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD is a terrific snapshot of late '60s rock and roll. It's great to see the performers back in their prime. However there isn't any added commentary save that from the shows director. Fans of Jethro Tull who expect to hear Ian Anderson making comments will be dissapointed. All you'll get is the band's performance and nothing else, which ain't bad really.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
You'll probably love having a few of the songs here but some other clips you will never watch after the first time but it is certainly worth seeing at least once. The added interview with Pete Townsend is well worth the viewing as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can I put this into words, it's like Woodstock of television specials, it has the biggest star in their prime; The Stones, Lennon, Clapton, The Who. could it be that horrible that The Stones had to shelve it for 25 years?