Exile on Main St.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Legendary as it may be, Exile on Main St. presents a challenge for deluxe remastered reissues. Much of its myth lies in its murk, how its dense, scuzzy sound is the quintessential portrait of rock stars in decadent isolation, the legend bleeding into its creation so thoroughly it is impossible, and unnecessary, to separate one from the other. Without this nearly tactile sound, Exile wouldn't be Exile, so remastering the record is a tricky business because it should not be too clean. The remaster on the 2010 reissue -- available in a myriad of editions containing variations of a single-disc remaster and a second disc expanded with ten unreleased tracks - doesn't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Legendary as it may be, Exile on Main St. presents a challenge for deluxe remastered reissues. Much of its myth lies in its murk, how its dense, scuzzy sound is the quintessential portrait of rock stars in decadent isolation, the legend bleeding into its creation so thoroughly it is impossible, and unnecessary, to separate one from the other. Without this nearly tactile sound, Exile wouldn't be Exile, so remastering the record is a tricky business because it should not be too clean. The remaster on the 2010 reissue -- available in a myriad of editions containing variations of a single-disc remaster and a second disc expanded with ten unreleased tracks - doesn't quite avoid that trap. When "Rocks Off" kicks off the record, what was previously dulled like aged silver is now is too bright: Mick Jagger's vocals leap and the keyboards ring clearly. Because this is Exile on Main St., a record recorded in a decaying French mansion, it's impossible to scrape all the grime away from its layers, but the overall impression is that the original master tapes are now presented in high definition: it's possible to hear what most individual instruments are doing on each track, which may lead for a greater appreciation of the Stones' monumental musicianship, but it's somewhat at the expense of the album's mystique. Another pitfall in the plans for this deluxe expansion: there aren't a whole lot of completed unreleased songs. The Stones had a habit of working leftovers from the prior album into a finished product, sometimes taking years to complete a song -- a practice that resulted in great songs but not much left in the vaults. Which isn't to say there was nothing left behind from Exile's sessions: the Stones were living where they were recording, so they produced an enormous amount of music, working out the kinks in a song represented here by alternate takes of "Loving Cup" and a Keith Richards-sung "Soul Survivor", or wholly reworking an existing song as they did with the loose-limbed "Good Time Women," which was later revised as "Tumbling Dice." On occasion, they completed a song that didn't make the cut, such as "I'm Not Signifying," a heavily bootlegged shambolic blues that is just about as good as anything on the finished album, but usually they created instrumental beds designed to be completed later with vocals. In this particular case, a handful of these tracks were completed much, much later, with the band finishing up the songs some 38 years later for this deluxe edition. A great deal of attention was paid to making the new additions relatively seamless, with the band going so far as to bring in the long-departed guitarist Mick Taylor for some overdubs. If the end results don't quite feel as thick as Exile, they nevertheless do feel remarkably like the classic Taylor era. Apart from "Following the River" -- a drowsy piano ballad that tries to rouse itself to blues-gospel -- these are good, sometimes excellent songs, particularly the loose, hip-shaking "Dancing in the Light" and the charging "Plundered My Soul." At first it's hard not to stare at these hybrid tracks with skepticism, particularly because they're eating up room that could have been used for other alternate takes, or perhaps the instrumentals themselves, or the occasional bootlegged song that didn't make the cut, such as "Blood Red Wine," but once that suspicion fades, you're left with a handful of very good additions to the Stones songbook -- songs that don't hold a candle to Exile but are remarkable re-creations of Taylor-era rock & roll, songs that could easily have been slid onto It's Only Rock 'N Roll, when the group was easing into their grooves, confident that they were the greatest rock & roll band on earth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602527016405
  • Catalog Number: 001413102
  • Sales rank: 7,576

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rocks Off (4:32)
  2. 2 Rip This Joint (2:23)
  3. 3 Shake Your Hips (2:59)
  4. 4 Casino Boogie (3:34)
  5. 5 Tumbling Dice (3:47)
  6. 6 Sweet Virginia (4:26)
  7. 7 Torn and Frayed (4:17)
  8. 8 Sweet Black Angel (2:57)
  9. 9 Loving Cup (4:25)
  10. 10 Happy (3:04)
  11. 11 Turd On the Run (2:38)
  12. 12 Ventilator Blues (3:24)
  13. 13 I Just Want To See His Face (2:53)
  14. 14 Let It Loose (5:18)
  15. 15 All Down the Line (3:50)
  16. 16 Stop Breaking Down (4:34)
  17. 17 Shine a Light (4:16)
  18. 18 Soul Survivor (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Mick Jagger Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Harp, Vocals
Billy Preston Organ, Piano
Mick Taylor Bass, Guitar
Charlie Watts Drums
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Clydie King Background Vocals
Jim Price Organ, Trombone, Trumpet
Bill Wyman Bass
Jimmy Miller Percussion, Drums
Paul Buckmaster Strings
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Shirley Goodman Background Vocals
Bobby Keys Percussion, Saxophone
Jerry Kirkland Background Vocals
Kathi McDonald Background Vocals
Amyl Nitrate Marimbas
Al Perkins Steel Guitar
Keith Richards Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Ian Stewart Piano
Mac Rebennack Background Vocals
Barry Plummer Bass, Upright Bass, Standup Bass
Joe Green Background Vocals
Kendrew Lascelles Dialogue
Tammi Lynn Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Slim Harpo Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Mick Taylor Composer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Robert Frank Concept, Cover Photo
Glyn Johns Engineer
Andy Johns Engineer
Robert Johnson Composer
James Moore Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Norman Seeff Direction
Joe Zaganno Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth the upgrade if your stereo's up to it

    The remastering of the Stones' post-"Exile" catalog has been a somewhat lackluster affair, cleaning up tracks that either didn't need it or weren't worth the time. But when it comes to what I consider to be their seminal work - out from under the thumbs of record companies, producers, managers, and at times even the smallest semblance of civilization it seems - the remastering is blissful. Mick Jagger's vocals are lush and prominent, lifted above the mix for the first time in all their swaggering, growling glory. The instruments are brighter than ever - especially Keith Richards' and Mick Taylor's guitars fighting for purchase among the pianos, organs, horns, harmonicas, Bill Wyman's bass, and Charlie Watts' relentless drums. But the newly re-issued album never loses the original's charm; all of the swampy, sweaty, boozy, balls to the wall, wailing, thundering beauty is here to stay.

    The supplemental tracks - ten previously unreleased recordings that reportedly date back to the sessions at Villa Nellcôte? and Los Angeles in 71-72 - veer wildly from the funky "Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren)" to the country-tinged "Dancing in the Light" to the misguided re-dubs on "Plundered My Soul" that obscure whatever remained of the original with the Stones' new "A Bigger Bang" sound. There's nothing earth-shattering here (aside from a glimpse into what the Rolling Stones might have been as a surf-rock band with "Title 5") but the seeds that eventually grew into other songs make these outtakes an interesting listen.

    All in all, if you don't crank this up with the windows rolled down as you take the long way home from work, you are far stronger than I, my friend.

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