Exile on Main St. [LP]

Exile on Main St. [LP]

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by The Rolling Stones

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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 & roll, blues, soul, and country, Exile


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 & 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.

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Disc 1

  1. Rocks Off
  2. Rip This Joint
  3. Shake Your Hips
  4. Casino Boogie
  5. Tumbling Dice
  6. Sweet Virginia
  7. Torn and Frayed
  8. Sweet Black Angel
  9. Loving Cup

Disc 2

  1. Happy
  2. Turd On the Run
  3. Ventilator Blues
  4. I Just Want To See His Face
  5. Let It Loose
  6. All Down the Line
  7. Stop Breaking Down
  8. Shine a Light
  9. Soul Survivor

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Exile on Main St. 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you don't have this Stones album, you must buy it quick, because it is the best Stones album ever made!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps the greatest record ever made. This record has blues, country, rock-n-roll, soul, it has it all. It has the full spectrum from a simple harmonica to a full brass band. The lyrics and vocals only add to the greatness of the record. It is a great record to sing to, dance to, jam to, or just mellow out to. Not to mention drive to...the best. Loving Cup- perhaps the greatest
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classic...Rock & Roll at its best..a must have cd for any true fan of the Stones and Rock & Roll.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a huge Stones fan, but even I can hear the sheer mastery of this album. It works because it takes the best elements of the Stones' sound - the bluesiness, weariness and attitude - to a logical extreme. The close to 70 minutes of rambling, rock 'n roll riffing tends to bleed together into a murky whole, with Jagger's vocals coming up through the ventilator and the entire band sounding like they're playing in a dim, dreary bar. And that's not a bad thing. This record succeeds not only through good songwriting but also its gloomy production, and it's a must-have for rock fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be the Rolling Stones' greatest album ever. Loaded full of creativity and pure music, it's just plain great listening. It includes songs like Happy, the most infamous Keith song, and the exciting Rocks Off. The countryesque Sweet Virginia is also a mellow masterpiece, along with Tumbling Dice. In fact, every song on this masterful CD is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Richards' lazy, heroin-laced riffs come together with Mick Jagger's slurred vocals to create possibly the greatest rock and roll album ever. Combining rock, country, blues, soul, and the Rolling Stones' own special touches, Exile comes together to reflect the decadent lives and passionate emotions the Stones were experiencing, as well as the volatile political and social turmoil of the times. The Stones, having just fled England to avoid British tax laws recorded this album in the elaborate, yet poorly ventilated (Ventilator Blues) basement of Keith Richards' French villa. Almost recreating a feeling of heat and humidity permeating the room through the swastika-shaped vents of the building, the guitar licks of this album come across with a warm, soft sound that feels as though it could be molded as easily as butter. The lyrics, intentionally buried admist the tracks of these warm guitars, the steady rhythm section, and the horns that were just becoming part of the Rolling Stones' songwriting process are intelligent and emotional. They do an accurate job of describing the lives of the Rolling Stones (who were staying nearby several casinos, thus Tumbling Dice and Casino Boogie) as well as those of anyone alive and young at the time (Rip this Joint). Happy, sung by Keith Richards, who also played guitar and bass on the track, is almost an autobiography and is a testament to Keith's singing ability (while in school Keith was a star chorister who was chosen to sing at Queen Elizabeth II's coronation). Mick Taylor, brilliant as always, displays his ability and preference for the blues on many of the tracks. Overall, Exile on Main Street sounds very sincere and inspired. The climax of a brilliant mid-period for the Stones, beginning with Beggar's Banquet, this album is probably the Stones' best work and is essential to any Stones fan, or anyone who is interested in them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great album from start to finish. Every cut a true classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutly the must have for any rock lover. This double album(!)on vynil, has every quality and influences that any recorded tracks should have, including the Beatles' LHCB. Soul, rock and basic all around virtuoso makes this the best album ever made. Some of it will be lost on cd because of it's size. Original vynil will be larger with it's postcards and stuff! It Is larger then any other vynil by the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As far as rock and roll albums go, only Bob Dylan's mid-60's work rivals Exile on Main Street. The Stones had already made three albums that were just as good as this (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers), but Exile was the last of that quartet of albums, and it is probably the one that defines the Stones the best. I have never heard a rock album that has such a great ambiance and gritty production as this does. As far as double albums go, it rocks infinitely harder than The Clash's infinitely over-rated London Calling, is a lot more fun than Zeppelin's Physical Graffitti, and is on par with Dylan's magnum-opus Blonde on Blonde. Not long after this, the Stones ceased being rockers and became slick professionals. But the past 32 years of mediocority and embarresment to their hardcore fans can't erase the fact that, from the years 1965 to 1972, their was simply no other band who combined songwriting and instrumental prowess as brilliantly as the Stones. And they rocked hard then, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You want evidence of how unbelievably fantastic the Rolling Stones used to be, then listen to all four and a half minutes of 'Rocks Off', which is more or less the finest rock and roll song ever. Baffliingly underrated and never to be seen on any best of compilations, this song renders the last twenty or so years of Stones songs utterly redundant. Good thing is, the rest of Exile on Main Street is top dollar too, the kind of music that the White Stripes wished they could surpass but just can't manage to do . Maybe that's cos the Stones had the kind of chemistry that other bands can only dream of, and at their best, they rocked like no other band in terms of producing straight, flat-out, good ole fashioned rock. Yet this isn't mere Status Quo rock. Even though Exile is one of the purest expressions of rock n roll in the history of music, it nevertheless is a giant, sprawling, consistently surprising, versatile and thrilling record. 'Happy' is the definitive Keef song, while the country influences reached their peak on beauties like 'Sweet Virginia' and 'Torn and Frayed'. 'Loving Cup' and 'Let it Loose' are absolutely gorgeous, and songs like' Tumbling Dice' and 'Soul Survivor' are gloriously sloppy, drunk barrroom classics. Mick Jagger's vocals are fantastic, and the interplay between Keith Richards and Mick Taylor threatens to eclipse the outstanding work they performed on Sticky Fingers. A immensely enjoyable album, it's easy to say they went immediately downhill after this, which isn't true: Goats Head Soup is utterly fantastic and their last true classic, and Tattoo You is one of the best examples ever of a band pulling back the reins and doing what they do best, in other words, stuff that sounds like the older stuff. Exile is a total mess, and it may put off those who want the more concise likes of the single Stones album (this was originally a double LP), but it's a real grower, and it has atmosphere and good time vibes just oozing from all of its pores. Just listen to the ecastic and utterly sleazy outro to the divine Loving Cup for immediate results.
Guest More than 1 year ago