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Exile on Main St.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094633751620
  • Catalog Number: 37516

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rocks Off (4:33)
  2. 2 Rip This Joint (2:22)
  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 (4:18)
  8. 8 Sweet Black Angel (2:58)
  9. 9 Loving Cup (4:25)
  10. 10 Happy (3:05)
  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 (4:17)
  18. 18 Soul Survivor (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Dr. John Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mick Jagger Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals
Billy Preston Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Mick Taylor Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Watts Drums
Bill Plummer Bass, Upright Bass
Nicky Hopkins Piano, Keyboards
Clydie King Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Price Organ, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Horn
Bill Wyman Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Tamiya Lynn Background Vocals
Jimmy Miller Percussion, Drums
Merry Clayton Vocals
Venetta Fields Vocals, Background Vocals
Shirley Goodman Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Green Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby Keys Horn, Saxophone
Jerry Kirkland Vocals, Background Vocals
Tammy Lann Vocals
Kathi McDonald Vocals, Background Vocals
Amyl Nitrate Percussion, Marimbas
Al Perkins Steel Guitar
Keith Richards Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Ian Stewart Piano, Keyboards
M. Taylor Bass, Guitar
B. Preston Organ, Piano
Vanetta Field Background Vocals
Joe Green's Novelty Orchestra Background Vocals
C. Watts Drums
B.B. Keys Percussion, Saxophone
Jack Price Trombone, Trumpet
Technical Credits
Slim Harpo Composer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Robert Frank Concept, Cover Photo
Glyn Johns Engineer
Andy Johns Engineer
Robert Johnson Composer
James Moore Composer
M. Taylor Arranger
Joe Zagarino Engineer
Jeremy Gee Engineer
Norman Seeff Director
C. Watts Arranger
Kendrew Lascelles Story
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A REALLY GOOD ROCK ALBULM

    THIS A A GREAT ROCK AND ROLL ALBULM THE STONES DID REALLY GOOD THIS GETS A 10 OUT OF 5 CAUSE ITS REALL AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Disappointing

    I am a huge classic Rock Fan. I love bands Such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Van Halen and so on. A friend of mine told me that I would like the Rolling stones if I like classic rock and reccomended this album to me. I sometimes hear the rolling stones on the radio and I liked some of there songs, so I thought I would Give em a try. I had never heard of any of the songs on Exile on main street before, and when I put the CD in my sterio and heard Mic Jaggers Voice I new right away that I wouldnt like this album, and I was right, I didnt like one song on it. I think that the music is pretty good, But I cant stand the singing. I am open to letting it grow on me, but so far it hasnt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top Notch Work

    “Exile on Mainstreet” is arguably the Rolling Stones' best 1970s era album. Put simply, the rhythm, soul, and genuineness of each track are what make Exile extraordinary. "Turd on the Run," despite its whimsical name, is testimony of raw rhythm coupled with lyrics about the heartache of loss and forlornness. "Loving Cup," not unlike "Salt of the Earth," throws the common-man into the midst of love (maybe lust) and its redeeming value without losing Richards' fluid guitar. Finally, "Torn and Frayed" reveals the ugly side of rock-and-roll fame and blends it with a quality backbeat. Exile is ultimately perhaps the Rolling Stones' most biting lyrical work that is supported by undeniably superb southern gospel rhythm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHATS WITH ALL THE HYPE?

    MY FRIEND BOUGHT THIS 4 ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND TOLD ME IT WAS THE BEST ROCK N ROLL ALBUM EVER MADE. WELL, WHEN I LISTENED TO IT I WAS LIKE, I DON'T THINK SO! THIS IS VERY OVERRATED, AND I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND IT TO U OR ANY1 ELSE. THERES MUCH BETTER ROCK N ROLL AROUND LIKE AVRIL LAVIGNE OR ASHLEY SIMPSON OR KELLY CLARKSON. THOSE GIRLS HAVE REAL ROCK N ROLL ATTITUDE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rather good stuff

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of The Best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best rock record ever

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!!

    What a great album from start to finish. Every cut a true classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest rock and roll album ever

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An all around great album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite memorable

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have Rolling Stones CD...:)

    A classic...Rock & Roll at its best..a must have cd for any true fan of the Stones and Rock & Roll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If I was allowed to have only one record forever, this is it.

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the greatest album ever!!!

    If you don't have this Stones album, you must buy it quick, because it is the best Stones album ever made!!

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