- Audio CD (July 19 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Music Canada
- ASIN: B000000W5L
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | DVD Audio | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 288 customer reviews
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Exile On Main Street Import
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|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|
|11. Turd On The Run|
|12. Ventilator Blues|
|13. I Just Want To See His Face|
|14. Let It Loose|
|15. All Down The Line|
|16. Stop Breaking Down|
|17. Shine A Light|
|18. Soul Survivor|
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.
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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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.
9) Loving Cup - Great piano intro. One of the more joyful songs on the album. "I'm the man who brings you roses when you ain't got none." But a little dirt still sticks, "Do you want to push and pull with me all night?" The rousing ending foreshadows the glorious "Let it Loose."
10) Happy - A Richards gem. Who doesn't "need a love to keep me happy"?
11) Turd on the Run - A Tom Waits-ish roll in the mud. Sounds as if it was written after a visit to a whorehouse. "Dirty hands, vaseline, you give me disease." Perhaps Mick gives us a glimpse into a dark soul.
12) Ventilator Blues - A dark, ponderous, blues number. Another mood piece.
13/14) I Just Want to See His Face/Let it Loose - Gospel was never like this. Man's greatest desire, to see the face of God, "Don't want to walk or talk about Jesus/ I just want to see his face," expressed in a low, rumbling, reverberating, rhythm number. The track features a muffled Jagger vocal with suitablly soulful black backing vocalists. The somber mood lays the ground for the glorious "Let it Loose."
The pent up emotion and desire for redemption explodes on "Let it Loose," a glorious gospel-inspired explosion. The most hopeful, soulful song on the album builds to a glorious crescendo featuring a wonderful chorus and full-tilt horn section. There is no other Stones song like this. Oh, what might have been.
15) All Down the Line - A straight-ahead, no frills rock number. A great one.
16) Stop Breaking Down - One of the mood-creating rhythm tracks. Starts slow but builds to a rollicking end.
17) Shine a Light - The coda to "Let it Loose." "May the good Lord Shine a Light on You/ make every song your favorite tune." Amen brother Jagger.
18) Soul Survivor - A gritty end. The album ends on a hopeful note.
The thing I am most impressed with was the improvement in the drum and bass department!
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good rock song with an excellent ending; "Happy" is a great Keith Richards rock 'n' Roll song; "All Down The Line" and "Rocks Off" are good rockers. The rest is crap: Bluesy tunes which I don't deny are musically well crafted but uninspiring to say the least , not my style of music at all and honestly speaking anyone's. And this is why people call it such a great album because technically its impecable. If you like blues go for the more traditional stuff. These other songs also have a southern flavour...If you like that type of music your better off with Allman Brothers or Lynyrd Skynyrd. If you really want to torture someone just make them listen to this album every day for a month, I promise you they won't have their sanity anymore. Better yet make those people who gave this album 5 stars listen to it everyday for a month. However, I think that would just be too cruel.