Exile on Main Street (Deluxe Edition)

The Rolling Stones


2xCD

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2010, Universal

This new compilation features ten tracks originally recorded during the Exile era and only recently discovered while working on this reissue project. The unearthed tracks which include such titles as "Plundered My Soul," "Dancing in the Light," "Following the River" and "Pass the Wine" have undergone a unique evolution, while staying true to the essence of the 1972 album. Alternate versions of "Soul Survivor" and "Loving Cup" also are a part of the Exile bonus materials!

'Greeted with decidedly mixed reviews upon its original release, Exile on Main St. has become generally regarded as the Rolling Stones' finest album. Part of the reason why the record was initially greeted with hesitant reviews is that it takes a while to assimilate. A sprawling, weary double album encompassing rock 'n' roll, blues, soul, and country, Exile doesn't try anything new on the surface, but the substance is new. Taking the bleakness that underpinned Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers to an extreme, Exile is a weary record, and not just lyrically. Jagger's vocals are buried in the mix, and the music is a series of dark, dense jams, with Keith Richards and Mick Taylor spinning off incredible riffs and solos. And the songs continue the breakthroughs of their three previous albums. No longer does their country sound forced or kitschy - it's lived-in and complex, just like the group's forays into soul and gospel. While the songs, including the masterpieces "Rocks Off," "Tumbling Dice," "Torn and Frayed," "Happy," "Let It Loose," and "Shine a Light," are all terrific, they blend together, with only certain lyrics and guitar lines emerging from the murk. It's the kind of record that's gripping on the very first listen, but each subsequent listen reveals something new. Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones' best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock.' - All Music Guide

Tracklisting

Disc 1 Disc 2
1 Rocks Off
2 Rip This Joint
3 Shake Your Hips
4 Casino Boogie
5 Tumbling Dice
8 Sweet Virginia
9 Torn and Frayed
10 Sweet Black Angel
13 Loving Cup
14 Happy
17 Turd on the Run
18 Ventilator Blues
20 I Just Want to See His Face
21 Let It Loose
24 All Down the Line
25 Stop Breaking Down
28 Shine a Light
29 Soul Survivor



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