Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

Rolling Stones
Rock and Roll Circus


First Appeared in The Music Box, November/December 1996, Volume 3, #8

Written by John Metzger


Rock 'n' Roll Circus is a 60-minute collection of magical musical moments. The first half of the disc contains selections from Jethro Tull (a band that was relatively unknown at the time of the album's recording), The Who (performing its first rock opera and heavily hinting at Tommy), and The Dirty Mac (a supergroup featuring John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell).

While the first half is full of solid performances, it's the second half that really smokes a 6-song set from the Rolling Stones, which was fresh from the release of its classic Beggar's Banquet. From start to finish, the band's material sparkles with energy and inspiration. Of particular note are the performances of No Expectations, You Can't Always Get What You Want, and Sympathy for the Devil. starstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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