September 11, 1970

This track is now available for download as part of a bumper collection of Mr Stormy's Monday Selections - his first year of random romps through the murky, cavernous DGM archives, torch in hand, fedora upon his head.

Here’s another rarity from the Lizard sessions. With the core instrumental backing tracks in place, Gordon Haskell lays down a guide vocal which either contains an early read-through of the not yet completed lyrics or some on the spot vamping by the singer. Fripp can also be heard limbering up for those incisive acoustic guitar runs that we know from the finished version.

Though Mark Charig’s cornet is absent, there’s a spooky cavalcade of infernal brass settings and unearthly strings from the Mellotron that will thrill lovers of this old-school proto-sampler. Also of interest is Fripp’s dabbling with the Hammond organ at the end of the piece. If you like Lizard then you’re going to love this.

AUDIO SOURCE: Quarter Inch Reel to Reel Tape

DGM AUDIO QUALITY

AVERAGE CUSTOMER RATING

TRACK
TIME
01
Cirkus
06:30
Written by Marcos López García
Tron again please
Hi. I am not going to compare this with the album track. This version, as is, is great enough to be considered a big present.Thank you DGM, please Tron us again (the real detuned ones, i prefer) :)
Written by Rick Whitehurst
yes
Thats so cool.  Hard to big top big music like this. The drums are like embroidery. The mood is dark and magical. The keys could have stayed and the overall sound seems clearer than the final LIZARD lp track to my ears.
Written by ALLAN G OKADA
mmmmm-Mellotron !
Fantastic ! Everything sounds soooo good. Nice to hear all that analogue dirt back in there.
Written by Christophe Coutant
Superbe
There has been a very long time since I’ve heard this song. This throws me back when I was young, sitting in front of a very bad record-player listening and listening again those precious records. And indeed, this song is be rated 5 stars not only for the great rememberings but also for the great melodies inside. Being a guitarist always in search of new things, this accoustic guitar sounds fresh to my ears compared to the actual heavy produced, mastered....  sounds of guitars. Maybe, for me, a good exemple of good guiatr recording would be the new Steve Hackett album called "Tribute" but this has nothing to do with Cirkus except the warm sound of the guitar. Amitiés de France Christophe
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