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Rock & Roll Circus - Rock & Roll Circus (2015)

10-03-2015, 11:38
Music | Blues | Rock

Rock & Roll Circus - Rock & Roll Circus (2015)

Artist: Rock & Roll Circus
Title Of Album: Rock & Roll Circus
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Blues Rock
Label: Rock & Roll Circus
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 47:52
Total Size: 114 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Lower Than Low (3:55)
02. Toll Fares And Traffic Lights (3:58)
03. She Wore Me Down (5:40)
04. Back It Up (3:24)
05. I Can Feel The Fire (4:56)
06. Setting Sun (5:15)
07. Bad Time To Call (4:14)
08. Every Road I Travel (3:19)
09. Dirty Money (3:01)
10. On My Way (3:31)
11. Throw Me A Bone (2:59)
12. Waiting For The Weekend (3:34)

Aaron Moser - Guitars
Scott Smith - Guitars
Jeremy Holmes - Bass/Mandolin
Chris Woudstra - Vocals/Harmonica
John Oulton - Drums
Liam MacDonald - Percussion

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is a concert film that was recorded in 1968 but not released until 1996. Part of the lore behind the film is that the Stones withheld the footage from airing on the BBC because they turned in a substandard performance, while the Who, who were also a part of the proceedings, upstaged the Stones on their own production. Strange, then, that a Vancouver band would cull its name from this film, because they do a spot-on accurate rendition of the Stones sound from the early ‘70s, somewhere around Exile on Main Street. However, they toss in some Southern rock elements for good measure, while “Setting Sun” is quite soulful. And even though Rock & Roll Circus (also spelt Rock N’ Roll Circus, but I’m going by the album cover art) sounds an awful lot like the Stones – vocalist Chris Woudstra is a dead ringer for Mick Jagger, honestly – this material is not mere recycling. Rock & Roll Circus put their own stamp on things, and that’s what makes them rise well above, making them the cream of the crop.

I would even go as far to say that this self-titled release is the best album that the Stones never recorded, at least after their early ‘70s heyday. There are interesting detours in the sound: “Every Road I Travel”, with its mandolin fretwork, could pass for a Faces song. So there’s a lot of stuff going on here, and the group isn’t content to merely copycat the Stones. Heck, “Waiting for the Weekend” sounds like a countrified version of early Who. Other influences the group cites are the Black Crowes, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers Band, and nods to such artists crops up on the slinky “Dirty Money”. Basically, Rock & Roll Circus are like hearing a cover band doing all original material. The album captures the spirit of good ol’ rock and roll with songwriting that is outtasite. Thus, if you felt that Mick and company have been on a downward slide since Exile, well, pick up this album. It’ll restore your faith in this genre of music and, if I had my druthers, I’d force a certain band that’s gathered a great deal of moss to take some crib notes from these guys. These dudes are quite excellent, and prove that you can sound a whole lot like someone while maintaining a shred of originality. ~Rating: 8 outta 10

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