Sympathy For The Devil, The Rolling Stones, Rock and Roll Circus, 1968

This performance is on 11th December 1968 for the film special ‘Rock and Roll Circus’. The song was originally released on 6th December 1968 on the album Beggars Banquet. Apparently Mick Jagger was unhappy with the Rolling Stones’ performance on the night, but I think this version is awesome-Jagger is as animated as ever! This song also has Rocki Dzidzornu on congas and Nicky Hopkins on piano. This was the last performance of Brian Jones with the Rolling Stones, incidentally playing the maracas! Marianne Faithful told the Telegraph in 2011 that Mick Jagger wrote this song after reading a Russian novel about Satan that she gave him. The name of the novel: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Watching on are some fellow performers from the evening including John Lennon, Pete Townsend and Eric Clapton; another great song from this concert was Lennon playing Yer Blues with Clapton on lead guitar. Some folks subsequently thought that the Stones were devil worshipers and the sort after releasing this, which only goes to show how sensitive and literal in their interpretation people could be back then. I suppose some people still are. Anyway, I couldn’t see this version of Sympathy for the Devil on youtube and I think it deserves to be in the public domain as it could be argued that it is a piece of rock history! I would recommend the whole DVD as it has some great performances on it! Disclaimer: “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976
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