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Rolling Stones / Rock and Roll Circus four-disc box and 3LP vinyl

Dolby Atmos surround • 2CD+DVD+blu-ray box • unheard audio

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is being released as a four-disc deluxe box set which features the event on blu-ray (for the first time). There will also be a 3 LP vinyl version, featuring extra tracks not previously broadcast.

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was shot over two days in December 1968 and featured guests such as The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and the impromptu supergroup The Dirty Mac (which featured John Lennon, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell, Eric Clapton and, on bag, Yoko Ono) in addition to the original lineup of The Rolling Stones.

Shot in a north London television studio by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, (he would shoot Let It Be shortly after) The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was a concert filmed with the band themselves as on-screen hosts in addition to performing. The audience were made up of fan club members and it was ostensibly meant to be a BBC TV special for the Beggars Banquet long player. But Brian Jones left and then died, and so the film wasn’t properly released for 28 years.

In terms of this reissue, the limited deluxe edition is a multi-format package consisting of blu-ray, DVD, 2CD and a 44-page book with David Dalton’s original 1969 Rolling Stone essay and photographs by Michael Randolf.

Bonus material includes the late concert pianist Julius Katchen, three additional songs by Taj Mahal and never before heard recordings of The Dirty Mac performing The Beatles classic, ‘Revolution’ and the aptly titled track ‘Warmup Jam’. Released for the first time on Vinyl as a 3 LP package, the soundtrack is also available as a standalone 2CD set. Note: the blu-ray is not available separately it’s only in the box (for now, at least).

The stereo version on the CD and vinyl is a “new mix” while the blu-ray offers a Dolby Atmos surround mix. ABKCO are claiming that this is “the first archival concert film to be mixed using” Atmos. There’s also commentary tracks by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tony Richmond, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Yoko Ono and Marianne Faithfull, as well as an on-camera interview with Pete Townshend.

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is released 5 July 2019 via ABKCO.

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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 3LP vinyl

LP 1

Side 1

  1. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Rock And Roll Circus
  2. Entry Of The Gladiators – Circus Band
  3. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Jethro Tull
  4. Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull
  5. Keith Richards’ Introduction Of The Who
  6. A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who
  7. Over The Waves – Circus Band

Side 2

  1. Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal
  2. Charlie Watts’ Introduction Of Marianne Faithfull
  3. Something Better – Marianne Faithfull
  4. Mick Jagger’s and John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Dirty Mac
  5. Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac
  6. Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac

LP 2

Side 1

  1. John Lennon’s Introduction of The Rolling Stones
  2. Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
  3. Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones
  4. No Expectations – The Rolling Stones
  5. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

Side 2

  1. Sympathy For the Devil – The Rolling Stones
  2. Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones

LP 3

Side 1

  1. Checkin’ Up On My Baby – Taj Mahal
  2. Leaving Trunk – Taj Mahal
  3. Corinna – Taj Mahal

Side 2

  1. Revolution (rehearsal) – The Dirty Mac
  2. Warmup Jam – The Dirty Mac
  3. Yer Blues (take 2) – The Dirty Mac
  4. Brian Jones’ Introduction of Julius Katchen
  5. de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance – Julius Katchen
  6. Mozart: Sonata In C Major – 1st Movement – Julius Katchen

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 2CD deluxe

1. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Rock And Roll Circus – Mick Jagger
2. Entry Of The Gladiators – Circus Band
3. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Jethro Tull – Mick Jagger
4. Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull
5. Keith Richards’ Introduction Of The Who – Keith Richards
6. A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who
7. Over The Waves – Circus Band
8. Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal
9. Charlie Watts’ Introduction Of Marianne Faithfull – Charlie Watts
10. Something Better – Marianne Faithfull
11. Mick Jagger’s and John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Dirty Mac – Mick Jagger &
John Lennon
12. Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac
13. Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac
14. John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling
Stones
15. Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones
16. No Expectations – The Rolling Stones
17. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
18. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
19. Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones
20. Checkin’ Up On My Baby – Taj Mahal
21. Leaving Trunk – Taj Mahal
22. Corinna – Taj Mahal
23. Revolution (rehearsal) – The Dirty Mac
24. Warmup Jam – The Dirty Mac
25. Yer Blues (take 2) – The Dirty Mac
26. Brian Jones’ Introduction of Julius Katchen – Brian Jones
27. de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance – Julius Katchen
28. Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st Movement – Julius Katchen

Blu-ray/DVD

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (4K FILM)

THE FILM

  • Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull
  • A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who
  • Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal
  • Something Better – Marianne Faithfull
  • Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac
  • Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis, and The Dirty Mac
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
  • Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones
  • No Expectations – The Rolling Stones
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
  • Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
  • Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones

EXTRAS

Widescreen Feature, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (65 min)

Pete Townshend Interview, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (18 min)

The Dirty Mac:

  • ‘Yer Blues’ Tk2 Quad Split, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (5:43)

Taj Mahal:

  • Checkin’ Up On My Baby, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (5:37)
  • Leaving Trunk, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (6:20)
  • Corinna, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (3:49)

Julius Katchen:

  • de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (6:30)
  • Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st Movement, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (2:27)

Mick & The Tiger/ Luna & The Tiger, Ratio: 4×3 (1:35)

Bill Wyman & The Clowns, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (2:00)

Lennon, Jagger, & Yoko backstage, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (45sec)

FILM COMMENTARY TRACKS:

Life Under The Big Top (Artists) Featuring: Mick Jagger, Ian Anderson, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards (65 min)

Framing The Show (Director & Cinematographer) Featuring: Michael Lindsay Hogg, Tony Richmond (65 min)

Musings (artists, writer, fan who was there) Featuring: Marianne Faithfull, David Dalton, David Stark (50 min)

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