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Music Note Re: Fifty years? What's fifty years to the Rolling Stones?

So speaking of 50+ year anniversaries, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was filmed just over fifty years ago on 11 December 1968. The production was originally conceived by Mick Jagger as a concert show to be aired on the BBC to promote sales of the Stones' new Beggars Banquet LP. Performers included the Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull plus a "super" (disaster?) group called the Dirty Mac consisting of John Lennon (guitar & vocals), Eric Clapton (lead guitar), Keith Richards (bass), Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Yoko Ono (shrieks). The Stones had evidently considered Led Zeppelin for a part in the show but decided that Jethro Tull would be a more interesting act. The Stones were to be the closing act.

Filming started at 2:00 PM. The Who performed early on and they were tight, energetic and simply great overall. Nothing about the production went as smoothly as hoped though. Everything took much longer than expected and the Stones accompanied by pianist Nicky Hopkins didn't get to play until 5:00 AM the next morning. By this time the studio audience was exhausted and just wanted the show to end. While Mick Jagger seemed able to continue on nervous energy, the other Stones were dead tired and Brian Jones in particular was zonked out and barely conscious. Moreover they hadn't played live since finishing up their European concert tour in the spring of 1967. The Stones didn't think their performance overall was up to par, especially compared to that of the Who.

The Stones therefore shelved the project. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus didn't see the light of day until October 1996 when it was released as a historical document on video and as a CD. Here's the track list:

1. "Mick Jagger's introduction of Rock and Roll Circus" 0:25
2. "Entry of the Gladiators" (Julius Fučík) 0:55
3. "Mick Jagger's introduction of Jethro Tull" 0:11
4. "A Song for Jeffrey†" (Ian Anderson) Jethro Tull 3:26
5. "Keith Richards' introduction of The Who" 0:07
6. "A Quick One, While He's Away" (Pete Townshend) The Who 7:33
7. "Over the Waves" (Juventino Rosas) 0:45
8. "Ain't That a Lot of Love" (Homer Banks, Willie Dean "Deanie" Parker) Taj Mahal 3:48
9. "Charlie Watts' introduction of Marianne Faithfull" 0:06
10. "Something Better" (Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann) Marianne Faithfull 2:32
11. "Mick Jagger's and John Lennon's introduction of The Dirty Mac" 1:05
12. "Yer Blues" (Lennon–McCartney) The Dirty Mac 4:27
13. "Whole Lotta Yoko" (Yoko Ono) The Dirty Mac, Yoko Ono, and Ivry Gitlis 4:49
14. "John Lennon's introduction of The Rolling Stones/Jumpin' Jack Flash" The Rolling Stones 3:35
15. "Parachute Woman" The Rolling Stones 2:59
16. "No Expectations" The Rolling Stones 4:13
17. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" The Rolling Stones 4:24
18. "Sympathy for the Devil" The Rolling Stones 8:49
19. "Salt of the Earth" The Rolling Stones 4:57

The Stones evidently also performed Confessin' the Blues and Route 66 on stage that morning but these numbers didn't find their way onto the 1996 release.

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