Circus was an English psych-rock band that released a self-titled album on Transatlantic Records in 1969. They featured singer-songwriter Phillip Goodhand-Tait, whose solo backing band formed the nucleus of Camel. Saxophonist Mel Collins did a three-album stint in King Crimson and became a prolific sessionist before joining Camel in the late ’70s.

(Not to be confused with the UK symphonic-rock band Cirkus or the Swedish band Circus.)

Members: Ian David Jelfs (guitar, vocals), Mel Collins (saxophone), Kirk Riddle (bass), Phillip Goodhand-Tait (vocals, keyboards, 1967-69), Alan Bunn (drums, ?-1969), David Sherrington (saxophone, 1967-69), Chris Burrows (drums, 1969-70)

Circus had its roots in The Stormsville Shakers, formed in 1961 in Guildford, Surrey, by Goodhand-Tait.


  • Circus (1969)


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