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Exile on Main Street [Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Rolling Stones Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
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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
10. Happy
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Disc: 2
1. Pass The Wine (Sophia Loren)
2. Plundered My Soul
3. I'm Not Signifying
4. Following The River
5. Dancing In The Light
6. So Divine (Aladdin Story)
7. Loving Cup [Alternate Take]
8. Soul Survivor [Alternate Take]
9. Good Time Women
10. Title 5

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Before Keith Richards' bad habits took over for a time in the mid-'70s, his work ethic was quite high. Stories abound of the long, if somewhat off-schedule, hours he spent working on this classic album in the basement of his home in France. Hanging together as much because of great songwriting ("Rocks Off," "Soul Survivor") as its fabled grungy atmosphere, Exile caps the Stones' great 1968-'72 run with a force that belies their supposed spiritual tiredness. What some of these songs are about is anybody's guess--Keith claims "Ventilator Blues" was inspired by a grate, while the song plays like an ode to a pistol--but that's just part of this album's hazy game. --Rickey Wright

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Limited expanded two CD edition features a bonus CD that contains 10 tracks originally recorded during the Exile era including 'Plundered My Soul', 'Dancing in the Light', 'Following the River' and 'Pass The Wine' plus alternate versions of 'Soul Survivor' and 'Loving Cup'. 2010 reissue of the classic Stones album housed in a super-jewel case (to complete 'remasters' box set). Regarded as one of the greatest albums in Rock 'n' Roll history and one of the most defining of the Stones' catalogue. Upon its release more than three decades ago, Exile On Main Street innovatively wove varying musical genres, instruments and even artists into a compelling rhythmic masterpiece. The original 18-track double-album was recorded in various stages at multiple locations, including Olympic Studios in London, Keith Richard's mansion Nellcote in France, and in Los Angeles where the literal Main Street influenced the album title. These atypical circumstances surrounding the recording process greatly affected the album's outcome which was highly reflective and influenced by the sociopolitical turbulence that marked the late `60s and early `70s.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Sandwiched between "Sticky Fingers" and "Goats Head Soup" this album is hard to explain. But why explain it? Just enjoy it.
You get the feeling that the Stones went into the studio and just let it rip. In a way, it can be compared to the Beatles' white album in its eclecticness, but it is much more coherent. While there are different styles, ranging from blues to country to gospel, the record is unified by its uniquely grungy atmosphere. There is a tired, world-weary darkness to the album, "Torn and Frayed," some moments of Tom Waits' rolling-around-in-the-dirt grossness, "Turd on the Run," with moments of shining light, "Let it Loose" and "Shine a Light."
1&2) Rocks Off/Rip This Joint - The album starts with a bang, from the weird, rockin' "Rocks Off" to the Richards gem, "Rip this Joint." You won't find a better Richards tune. Mick's gargling break in the middle of "Rock's Off" mars an otherwise spectacular opening.
3) Shake Your Hips - An eery, murky blues cover. One of the weaker tracks, but it sets the mood for the rest of the album.
4) Casino Boogie - Can't understand most of the words. Keith is particularly nasal on this one. But it introduces the horn section in an upbeat rhythm number.
5) Tumbling Dice - It got radio play, but see how well it fits into the context of this album.
6) Sweet Virginia - A gritty, soulful country number with a memorable scatalogical refrain featuring some great backing vocals. It also features a Tom Waits-ish vocal by Mick.
7) Torn and Frayed - A countrified anthem to exhaustion.
8) Sweet Black Angel - A murky, bluesy ode to a Black pin-up girl. Unfortunately most of the lyrics are indecipherable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album! (but this remaster misses the point) Jan. 24 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A 5-star album reduced to 4 stars because of the "overdone" (re-)remaster. As the knowledgeable reviewer at [...] said of this latest attempt (IMO) to capitalize on the Stones' legacy," [m]uch 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." Unlike Bob Ludwig (who did a superb job remastering Exile in 1994 for Virgin, somewhat cleaning it up, but leaving its essential nature), those responsible for this remaster have missed the point: this originally was a low-def album, probably done that way on purpose, and certainly reflecting the atmosphere under which it was created. The "murk and the scuzz" were part of it - the album could have easily been entitled "Torn and Frayed" after Track 7. But this new 2010 remaster cleans up all the scuzz; granted, you can now hear every instrument clearly, but I for one want that original murky, scuzzy sound. Exile was never about clarity. Unfortunately, many contemporary remasters are often more about the engineers, who end up outsmarting themselves, than the musical legacy they're trying to preserve - for one thing, they inevitably do it too loud (no doubt to grab attention) as this one has been. If you can, try to compare this one with the Ludwig 1994 remaster - huge difference in loudness level for one thing.

Exile received at least as many lukewarm reviews as it did ecstatic ones when it first came out in 1972 - not surprising as it was a double album (the Stones' first) that took a while to get into, like the White Album, Tusk and many others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 12 2014
Format:Audio CD
Bought this to see what the hype was all about and am really enjoying it
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5.0 out of 5 stars great classic album! May 10 2014
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I love this record as it shows the Rolling Stones at their creative best, from classic rockers to gospel tinged anthems and a little bit of "countrification" thrown in for good measure. Hard to believe that this recording is over forty years old now but showcases the band during their creative peak period.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over compressed... May 2 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Don't like the sound quality of this at all. Sound is muddy and one album slightly warped too. Shoddy work all around.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Stones! Feb. 20 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
The vinyl I received was a bit dirty, appeared to have some smudges/fingerprints on it and a few scratches that bummed me out. It played without any issues and sounded outstanding which was a great relief. The inner sleeves are cool, however could have used some plastic/antistatic sleeves to protect the vinyls. The album itself is amazing, Stones at their finest. If it was a clean vinyl it would have gotten the 5 star treatment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shm SACD review - Best Version Yet! Oct. 20 2013
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yes once again I let my love of music overtake my common sense when spending money. But in this case I felt the current remaster was not great and I loved the sound of the SACD Sticky Fingers. This version is by far the best version avalible right now (including the current 180 gram vinyl). I had assumed after all the releases over the years and knowing how it was recorded that was the best they could do. Well this SHM SACD from Japan (why are thier remasters so much better then ours) proved that theory wrong. It no longer sounds like Jagger singing with a musical mess under him. I am not saying the music is a mess but with the current domestic master you can't really make out individual instruments. This version you can hear everything. Now this is not "Bothers In Arms" but a classic stones record recorded in the cellar of a house in France in the middle of summer. So not the best conditions to say the least. Little to no sound proofing, over 100 degree heat is not great for keeping instruments in tune. Plus Keith was a full time junkie by then.
The thing I am most impressed with was the improvement in the drum and bass department!
There are a few places you can find this cheaper or watch the sellers pricing they do get low priced listings sometime. As for me I guess I won't be eating this week!
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