#126 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus by Various Artists

This was meant to be a live concert film to add to the Rolling Stones publicity campaign for the Beggars’ Banquet album, which is my favorite album of theirs.  Apparently it was shelved due to the feeling that the Stones had been upstaged by several of the other acts, especially The Who and Taj Mahal.  The Who’s performance is probably the best live version of “A Quick One While He’s Away” I’ve ever heard.  The way the film was shot, and with the nature of a live film shoot, it ended up taking much longer than anticipated.  Apparently the performances started around 2 PM and did not get finished until 5 o’clock the next morning.  Being the young, successful rockers that everyone involved was, in that amount of time the various extracurricular activities going on had taken their toll, leaving the Stones’ performances somewhat lacking in energy.  This was also Brian Jones’ last performance with the band before his death, which probably contributed to its shelving as well.  The reason this album caught my attention in the first place is because of The Dirty Mac, a super group formed just for that one performance, which was excellent.  It featured John Lennon, Eric Clapton (Who I just learned went on a racist rant on stage in the 70s, but that’s a topic for another time.  Google it.), Keith Richards on bass and Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  It’s worth a watch/listen of that performance and that of The Who. 

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