Exile on Main St. [Deluxe Edition]

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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: 602527342955
  • Catalog Number: 001413002
  • Sales rank: 12,659

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren) (4:54)
  2. 2 Plundered My Soul (3:59)
  3. 3 I'm Not Signifying (3:54)
  4. 4 Following the River (4:51)
  5. 5 Dancing in the Light (4:21)
  6. 6 So Divine (Aladdin Story) (4:32)
  7. 7 Loving Cup (5:25)
  8. 8 Soul Survivor (3:59)
  9. 9 Good Time Women (3:21)
  10. 10 Title 5 (1:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Mick Jagger Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Harp, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals
Billy Preston Organ, Piano
Mick Taylor Bass, Guitar
Charlie Watts Drums
Bill Plummer Bass, Upright Bass, Standup Bass
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Clydie King Background Vocals
Jim Price Organ, Trombone, Trumpet, Vibes
Bill Wyman Bass
Lisa Fischer Background Vocals
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
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Amyl Nitrate Marimbas
Al Perkins Steel Guitar
Keith Richards Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ian Stewart Piano
Mac Rebennack Background Vocals
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
David Campbell String Arrangements
Robert Frank Concept, Cover Photo
The Glimmer Twins Producer
Glyn Johns Engineer
Andy Johns Engineer
Robert Johnson Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
James Moore Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Don Was Producer
Krish Sharma Engineer
Stewart Whitmore Mastering
Norman Seeff Direction
Joe Zaganno Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Still In "Exile" After All These Years

    Growing up in the late 1970's, it was easy to knock The Rolling Stones for getting old, soft and worse, losing their communal spirit. Yet, just two years after The Beatles broke up and four years before The Sex Pistols formed, The Stones released what many consider to be their finest album ever.

    "Exile On Main Street" has been considered one of those seminal 1970's albums that have become must-have-on-a-desert-island albums. It is up there with Springsteen's "Born To Run", Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks" and Neil Young's "Rust Never Sleeps". With this newly remixed edition (mostly done by producer Don Was), "Exile" has a more sonic appeal underneath its drug-fueled murkiness.

    No one can argue that The Stones borrowed heavily from the blues. In fact, they cover two blues standards on this record ("Shake Your Hips" and "Stop Breaking Down"). However, by the time The Stones made "Exile", they weren't just making the blues their own sound. They were now doing country tunes ("Sweet Virginia"), funk rhythms ("Casino Boogie"), Carribean reggae ("Sweet Black Angel") and straight ballads ("Let It Loose").

    You can also cherry pick songs off this record and pick an influence. For example, "Rip This Joint" is a clear, charging Chuck Berry riff. The homespun country from the basement tune, "Torn And Frayed" sounds like an outtake from The Band's "Music From Big Pink". And while the straight-ahead rock of "Tumbling Dice" makes this album stand out, I have to say that "Happy", sung by Keith Richards, with its blaring horns and fearless stomp comes pretty damn close to topping that.

    The Stones at this point were not interested in being a polished act, not like The Beatles. The Stones were always sloppy but inspiring and "Exile" captures that sloppiness very well. Recorded in France while they were living in tax exiles in the early 1970's, The Stones were also a better band since recruiting Mick Taylor as their new guitarist. His fluid guitar on this album nearly outstrips Richards' guitar work. And of course, there's Mick Jagger, who was moving away from his demonic image of the late 60's and was now becoming more of a sexual showman. His vocals were also improving as evident by many of the ballads he and the group were doing by this time.

    This special edition also has a few unreleased tracks from these sessions, some of which are unnecessary, such as alternate takes of "Loving Cup" and "Soul Survivor". However, there are three excellent songs here that bear mentioning. "Plundered My Soul" sounds like a slowed-down version of "Tumbling Dice", which is not a bad thing. "I'm Not Signifying" is a terrific blues stomper. And "Following The River" is a tearjerking ballad that sounds like an outtake from 1971's "Sticky Fingers" and would've been fitting as the album's final song instead of "Soul Survivor".

    After "Exile" was first released, The Stones became The Greatest Rock And Roll Band In The World for much of the rest of 1970's. By the 1980's, they used more overdubs on their records to become more polished and less sloppy. As a result, these records are nowhere near as great as "Exile". Although "Some Girls" and "Tat

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