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The Rolling Stones: Rock And Roll Circus [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [NTSC]

Liev Schreiber , Hoss Allen , Robert Levi , David Espar    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liev Schreiber, Hoss Allen, Al Aronowitz, Joan Baez, Jeff Barry
  • Directors: Robert Levi, David Espar
  • Writers: David Espar
  • Producers: David Espar, Elizabeth Deane
  • Format: DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, German, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0003HGWPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,935 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Songs: 1. Song For Jeffrey - Jethro Tull 2. (A Quick One) While He's Away - The Who 3. Ain't That A Lot Of Love - Taj Mahal 4. Something Better - Marianne Faithfull 5. Yer Blues - The Dirty Mac 6. Whole Lotta Yoko - Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis With The Dirty Mac 7. Jumping Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones 8. Parachute Woman - The Rolling Stones 9. No Expectations - The Rolling Stones 10. Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones 11. Salt Of The Earth - The Rolling Stones

The Show: 1. Dalton Prolouge 2. Parade 3. Song For Jeffrey 4. (A Quick One) While He's Away 5. Trapeze Artists 6. Ain't That A Lot Of Love 7. Something Better 8. Fire Eater & Luna 9. Mick Jagger & John Lennon 10. Yer Blues 11. Whole Lotta Yoko 12. Jumping Jack Flash 13. Parachute Woman 14. No Expectations 15. You Can't Always Get What You Want 16. Sympathy For The Devil 17. Salt Of The Earth 18. End Credits

Unseen Footage: 1. Checkin' Up On My Baby - Taj Mahal 2. Corrina - Taj Mahal 3. Leavin' Truck - Taj Mahal 4. The Clowns 5. Luna & Tiger 6. Mick & Tiger 7. Ritual Fire Dance - Julius Katchen 8. Sonata In C, First Movement - Julius Katchen 9. Yer Blues TK Quad Split - Dirty Mac 10. Backstage Footage/Close But No Cigar - Mick Jagger, John Lennon & Yoko Ono 11. Sympathy for The Devil (Fat Boy Slim Remix) 12. Pete Townsend Interview


Unavailable at all for nearly three decades, then issued in a VHS edition in 1996, the Rolling Stones' legendary Rock and Roll Circus finally gets the full treatment with this DVD release documenting the 1968 event. The Stones were reportedly unhappy with their performance (hence the long delay), and it isn't their finest moment; performing "Jumping Jack Flash" and a variety of songs from their then-new Beggars Banquet album, Keith Richards is game, but Jagger's preening (especially on "Sympathy for the Devil") is over the top, and guitarist Brian Jones looks dissolute and well on his way to his death the following year. A certain weirdness permeates some of the other musical acts as well: Jethro Tull lip-syncs unconvincingly, Taj Mahal and band were obliged to perform before the circus set was completed and the audience had arrived, and John Lennon's outing with impromptu supergroup the Dirty Mac (with Richards, Eric Clapton, and drummer Mitch Mitchell) is hampered by Yoko Ono's caterwauling, although their version of the Beatles' "Yer Blues" is cool. Still, the Who are brilliant, Marianne Faithfull is beautiful, the various circus acts are fun, and the crowd clearly loves it.

The DVD comes with some fascinating bonus features, including three extra songs by Mahal, some lovely classical piano by Julius Katchen, and a "quad split-screen" version of "Yer Blues". Best of all are a new interview with the Who's Pete Townshend and the various commentary tracks added for the DVD--especially those by Tull's Ian Anderson, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and Stones Jagger, Richards, and Bill Wyman (who dryly attributes Jagger's reluctance to issue the show to his dissatisfaction with his own performance, not the band's). Flaws notwithstanding, this is a treat. --Sam Graham

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful rock nostalgia 14 May 2010
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alright, the film quality wasn't HD, the sound was raw and the performers were unbelievably young, but this film is a must for anyone who is old enough to remember marathon bars before they were snickers, and some of those who grew up on tizwas might enjoy it too. Don't miss the interview with a grown-up Pete Townshend either - he gives a fascinating perspective to the whole thing.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's drink to the hard working people! 8 Nov 2004
A fascinating document of the UK music scene in 1968. Worthy of purchasing for fantastic performances from The Who and The Dirty Mac Band but what really tugs at your heart strings is the shaky handed Brian Jones wrestling beautiful blues licks during No Expectations and the lost far-away look in his eye as he vainly attempts to remember the words to Salt of the Earth.
Also quite poignant is seeing Mick at the shows close, stealing Marianne Faithfull's hat and forcing her into shot, as she giggles nervously.
But folks you should purchase this for one reason only: - the arresting sight of the 5 Stones standing on a cramped stage, looking cooler than a roomfull of Fridge Freezers, laying down solid, funky versions of Jumping Jack Flash and You Can't Always Get What You Want.
Only bands of this calibre come along once in a lifetime, so buy this DVD now - Mick....can I have a fiver now please?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I think it's great 21 Jan 2010
I always find it weird the comments that the rock and roll circus gets. I remember being about 16 and it was boxing day and this came on BBC2 at about midnight. I watched it and it was like a revalation, and to this day it is by a mile my favourite concert video. I agree that the Who are brilliant, but The Dirty Mac is raw perfection, I even buzz off Yoko's mad wailing, it sounds like John Cale's viola! And Clapton's playing with them is just garage band blues at it's best...I can't believe he's the same person he is now, and seeing him on this still makes me want a red 335.

I really don't think the stones had the show stolen from them here. Jagger looks like he's coming down from a four day bender with chapped lips, pallid almost green skin and wild eyes, while the rest of the band don't crack a smile throughout and are deadpan amazing. Keith Richards solo on sympathy for the devil is at least as mercurial and wild as the recorded version....upon first watching this I started learning to play guitar. I think it either rings your bells or it doesn't, but I struggle to understand why this is not adored by everyone x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not go quality 30 Nov 2013
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I bought this dvd to see the Stones before Brian Jones left. It was quite a bad quality film, but the sound was okay. But I am glad i have it. Brian Jones wasn't looking great but was smiling at the end. He played No Expectations brilliantly. I look at a man who started something great and ended up a sad and rather disturbed young man.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the Who please.......!!! 20 July 2005
Fantastic DVD, no thanks to the Stones.
A flat performance all round from them. Carrying an ill and addled Brian Jones through lacklustre shapes. Only the mighty "Sympathy for the devil" takes them anywhere near their incendiary best. Even then, Jagger becomes hard to watch in a sublimely hysterical performance. I waited for "No expectations", expecting beauty, it was flat, lacking the great finesse of the original. The whole gig coulda been so much better.
However, in return for your money you get the magisterial Who. They manage to carpet bomb all before them with an insane take on "A quick one while hes away". Moon, flailing away like a gurning Methadrine crazed Dervish, water rising from the Snares like licking flames, as if he about to consume himself in his own mentalness. Townshend shines here giving that Gibson a good kicking, producing a great chaotic wall of noise. All rock n roll bands should be like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stones at their best 31 May 2013
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I can't believe that an intellegent man like Mick Jagger was worried about being out-shone by The Who. The Who were fine but this was Mick Jagger as I remember him from the early days when he was at his best - incredible energy, talent and beauty. When I was a teenager I didn't appreciate just how professional the Rolling Stones were, and still are.

It was lovely to see Brian Jones again too. His slide guitar playing on "No Expectations" is brilliant despite his obvious drug problem. So sad that he left life too soon.

John Lennon singing that he wished he was dead made my blood run cold, the words so sad and his music so alive. This was the John Lennon of "Twist and Shout", raw and powerful and confident.

John Lennon and Mick Jagger together and both at their best, what more could anyone ask?

I was 18 in 1968, an amazing time to be young and at Art College, able to see these performers live at a price I could afford!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Who only do a quick one but steal the show. 16 May 2013
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Worth buying for one of the greatest live performances ever - The Who performing 'A Quick One' - and one which was only surpassed by The Who themselves. They steal the show so one can see why The Stones (who are good too) were reluctant for this to be seen. Listen to the album version of 'A Quick One', then the performance at Monterey, at this circus, at The Coliseum and then Live At Leeds to hear the evolution and increase in power, interplay and virtuosity of the band which has never been equalled. Tasteful drumming on here by Mitch Mitchell with The Dirty Mac also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Gizzmo Toogood
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I had seen this before and I really enjoyed it so I was well pleased to get hold of a copy
Published 19 months ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Hat
Very old and not such a good recording, almost as bad as my orriginal video and that was not very good either. Good for the archives though.
Published 21 months ago by Mr. J. D. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars For a brief moment, it seemed Rock & Roll would INHERIT THE EARTH
Most people who watch "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus," a TV program that the Stones put together for the BBC in December '68--but that was never aired--will likely be... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lord Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
different songs from great bands ,brilliant ,worth it just to see keith moon on drums ,
and lennon n jagger having a laugh together
Published 21 months ago by TP
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd was spot on
the service was exerlant came on time the packeging was good and the dvd was very good will use amozon again no probs
Published 21 months ago by stephen littlewood
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus (DVD)
Arrived in good time. Excellent quality.
Interested in the group, their history and the music of that period. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars What a Circus!
What a blast from the past! So nostalgic to see these boys in their prime, and feel all that excitement again. Read more
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