Hepp, one week has passed and then it was Sunday again and that means it's time to present a classic. This time we head to Italy, where we find a band who performs a elaborate psychedelic music that switches from soft moods to rapid passages, sometimes having a little folkish influence. It might cause weirdness at the first time, but it kind of grows on you as you get used to their sound.
Circus 2000, from Turin, were formed in 1970 and released late that year both their first album and single (containing Italian versions of two songs from the LP). The album had no line-up references on the cover, and many people at the time thought they were an English or American band. It contains ten songs, with a very short running time, with strong californian psych influence and the beautiful female voice of Silvana Aliotta above all. The vocal is a bit similar in features like Grace Slick, singer, Jefferson Airplane.
Both albums by Circus 2000 are now rare and expensive, probably pressed in small quantities. All their production came on RiFi label. Circus 2000 has a distinctive single matt black cover with fluorescent red/orange/green design. The same picture that appears on it was also used for the first three singles. Three tracks from this album appeared on singles, but in a different Italian-sung version, these were I am the witch (Io la strega), I can't believe (Pioggia sottile), Must walk forever (Ho regalato i capelli). Second album An escape from a box came in a gatefold laminated sleeve.
Counterfeits exist for both albums, pressed in late 80's, but these are easily recognised due to the very bootleg-looking white labels (originals have the black RiFi label with rainbow coloured rim). They have also been reissued by Akarma, with the CD versions containing extra tracks: the first album contains the four italian-sung songs issued on single at the time, while the reissue of An escape from a box has been enriched with two unreleased tracks, Dove va la mia gente and L'ultimo paese, both also on the Boxing circus mini-LP. Even the 2010 CD reissues by BTF contain the same bonus tracks. An escape from a box has been reissued again on vinyl in 2012 by the Halidon label.
Todays classic tune "I Just can't stay" is taken from the self titled début record.
Listen to "Circus 2000- I Just can't stay" on Spotify here!