Prog-rock band from the late 70s

Circus - image courtesy of Fresh Music



  • Conquistador /
    Stupid Boy (1977) Sunshine, GBS 127


  • In The Arena (1977) EMI, GBL(I) 507


  • Bernie Millar: Vocals
  • Ronald "Bones" Brettell: Keyboards
  • Gary van Zyl: Bass
  • Sandy Robbie: Guitar
  • Wally Cullis: Drums

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Circus were one of the most exciting live progressive rock bands of the mid 70's. In lead singer Bernie Millar the group had a showman that rivaled Jagger, Freddie Mercury etc... add some of the hottest players in the country and some great songs like "Speed Queen", "Long Legged Lady" and their heartstopping version of Procol Harum's "Conquistador" and you get an album that 26 years later still sounds as majestic as it did back then. Digitally remastered by the band themselves and packed with rare photos and incisive liner notes.
-- RetroFresh, July 2001

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