NME Festival blog: The Rolling Stones to reissue ‘The Rock And Roll Circus’

A classic, featuring The Who, John Lennon and a cast of legends

The Rolling Stones have announced a deluxe reissue of their classic ‘The Rock And Roll Circus’. Check out the new trailer unboxing video below.

Directed by Let It Be‘s Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the performance was recorded in front of a live audience in London in 1968 and was originally conceived as a BBC-TV special.

“It was an incredible shoot, I think, 36 hours or something,” said Keith Richards of the historic day back in December ’68. “I remember not remembering everything towards the end… but it was fun… we went through two audiences… wore one out… it was great!”

Now due for release on June 7 in the US and June 28 in the UK, The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus has received a 4K Dolby Vision restoration of the concert film on Blu-ray and DVD, with the soundtrack also remixed and expanded to 28 songs and set to be released across double CD and triple vinyl.

The show also featured performances from The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, The Dirty Mac, as well as a ‘supergroup’ of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and John Lennon. Unheard tracks by the collective will be available on the new release for the first time ever.

Bonus material also features recordings by the late concert pianist Julius Katchen, three additional songs by Taj Mahal and never before heard recordings of The Dirty Mac performing The Beatles classic, ‘Revolution’ and the aptly titled track ‘Warmup Jam’.

The Limited Deluxe Edition includes the film on Blu-Ray ray and DVD, plus the 2CD expanded soundtrack, and a perfect-bound 44-page book with custom foldout gatefold design. The book also includes David Dalton’s original 1969 Rolling Stone essay and on-set photographs by Mike Randolf.

Meanwhile, Ronnie Wood recently shared an update on the health of Mick Jagger after the singer underwent heart surgery.

“Sally [Humphreys, Wood’s wife] and I went on a break to the Caribbean with Keith [Richards] and Patti [Hansen], and we sent him videos of us playing and singing ‘get well’ songs on the guitar,” the guitarist said. “[Jagger] was amused and impressed!” Wood added. “He is doing really well. I spoke to him yesterday and he’s feeling great.”


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