The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Reviews
A Rolling Stones-inspired and headlining concert from 1968. Staged inside a circus tent, it has some superb acts: Jethro Tull, The Who, Taj Mahal, The Dirty Mac (a temporary supergroup consisting of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell) and, of course, the Rolling Stones. All of these deliver in spades.
Marianne Faithfull is also there and is not too bad.
On the downside, unfortunately, John Lennon lets Yoko Ono sing... Though that's using the term "sing" in it's broadest definition...
While the Stones' performance is great, I would have preferred a more even spread, song-wise, between the artists. While the Stones get 6 or 7 songs on the movie, all the others only get one. A few more tracks from The Who and Jethro Tull would have been awesome.
The bands come together as the Stones compere the performances including John Lennons Supergroup The Dirty Mac with ErIc Clapton ,Keith Richards and Lennon performing Yer Blues and then Yoko turns up and screams her head off and i had to put my fingers in my ears as it waslowly doing my head in.
The Stones of course get to perform and their numbers inlcude Jagger at his very best on Sympathy for the Devil and other numbers.
Brian Jones is clearly on another planet during the performance and its a shame to see a once great talent a bloated and shaking mess.
But all that is topped by and outstanding performance by The Who performing Pete Townsends mini opera A quick one.
Keith Moon is simply brilliant and the rest of the band excel as they blow everyone else away including the star act.
A good concert film then but skip Yokos wailing and Turn The Who up to 11 .
You can see that Brian Jones had not long to go (7 months later he was dead at 27) as he looks like a proper casualty