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Exile On Main Street [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

The Rolling Stones Audio CD
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The Rolling Stones were formed in London in April 1962 by Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica, guitar), and Keith Richards (guitar, vocals). Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early line-up. R&B and blues cover songs dominated the Rolling Stones' early material, but their repertoire has always included rock ... Read more in Amazon's The Rolling Stones Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000W5L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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

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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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ROLLING STONES Exile On Main St. (1994 issue Dutch 18-track CD album - Released in 1972 the album innovatively wove varying musical genres instruments and even artists into a compelling rhythmic masterpiece with guest appearances from an electric array of talent such as Dr. John the late Billy Preston pianist Nicky Hopkins and guitarist Mick Taylor. Includes the singles Tumbling Dice / Sweet Black Angel and Happy / All Down The Line complete with picture booklet CDV2731)

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This version is a rip-off 23 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
although the music is great, this version is absurd. The remaster is compressed therefore the dynamics in the sound are gone. If you want it on cd, get the one issued by Virgin. 7 of the 10 bonus tracks have recently been overdubbed, thus making them sound like the present day Stones.

I bought the vinyl version of this album and the vinyl sounds great. The real bummer is the dvd however. Just 30 minutes long. With extracts from Stones in Exile. That 151 minute film will be released on dvd in June while it should have been included with this box set.

De yourself a favour, get the vinyl version if you want this remaster and be smart and but the dvd next month (should you want it) and get more value for your money!
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202 of 219 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...It's My Heart That You Stole..." 16 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
Following an album like 1971's magnificent "Sticky Fingers" was always going to be a tall order, but The Stones did it with swagger and panache. "Exile On Main St" was released 12 May 1972 as a 2LP set on Rolling Stones Records COC 69100 in the UK and on COC 2-2900 in the USA. It reached the coveted number 1 spot on both sides of the pond - and like The Beatles "White Album" before it - is a flawed and sprawling thing, but considered by most to be a masterpiece nonetheless.

This 17 May 2010 reissue (18 May in the USA) is the 2CD expanded version of that double on Rolling Stones/Polydor 273 429-5. Disc 1 has the full compliment of 18 tracks at 67:18 minutes, while Disc 2 is a new 10-track mixture of previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions at 41:12 minutes. All songs are by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards except "Ventilator Blues" which is co-written with Mick Taylor, while "Shake Your Hips" and "Stop Breaking Down" are Slim Harpo and Robert Johnson cover versions. As with "Sticky Fingers", the additional musicians and producer (Jimmy Miller) added hugely to the power of almost every song and should be noted for it - Bobby Keys on Saxophone, Jim Price on Trumpet, Nicky Hopkins, Ian Stewart and Billy Preston on Piano and Organ with lady-soul veterans Clydie King and Vanetta Fields on Backing Vocals. Dr. John also sang backup on "Let It Loose".

As with the 2009 reissues STEPHEN MARCUSSEN (over 1000 mastering credits to his name including the "Alfie" soundtrack with Mick Jagger) and STEWART WHITMORE of Marcussen Mastering have remastered the original tapes and the sound is glorious throughout. "Loving Cup" followed by "Happy" are beautifully clear and "Tumbling Dice" is at last full and in your face.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only my opinion.... 20 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
No one likes the Stones more than I do, and I love some of the tracks on this album, - Shine a Light, etc, - but for some reason I have never thought of this album as their VERY best. I even think Goats Head Soup to be very underrated.
I actually think Sticky Fingers to have better songs on it, and think of it as the finer album.
Just my own personal opinion, that's all. But am I the only person in the world to actually think this?
I often think so. So be it, we must be able to have our own opinion, not just follow popular opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HOW LOUD? 3 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this after reading some of the reviews saying it was well mastered. Don't believe them! I love this album, but I really can't listen to this remastered CD. It's harsh, it's so crammed up tight and just nasty. And it has the cheek to blame the old recording techniques for the distortion! Get an older version!
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Whether or not "Exile on Main Street" is the greatest Rolling Stones album seems to this humble reviewer to completely miss the point. Good cases can be made for the wonders of "Sticky Fingers" containing some of their strongest songs, the arrogant strut of "Beggars Banquet" with its wonderful cover and then there is "Let it Bleed" an album which opens with "Gimme Shelter" and closes with "You Cant Always Get What You Want" which must have a fair call upon the crown. The point being that while "Exile" has stiff competition from within many of the wider works of the Stones its primary claim is that it is by far the most influential album conceived by the Glimmer Twins and possibly one of the most important rock albums ever. Get hold of a copy of Wilco's "Being there", Whiskeytown's "Strangers Almanac", The Clash's "London Calling" and even Springsteen's "the River" and "Exile" influences are all over them like a rash. That is not forgetting of course albums which are almost pay direct homage to the Rolling Stones 1972 master-work most notably Primal Scream's "Give Out But Don't Give Up", Green on Red's "Here come the snakes" and a large part of the collective output of Aerosmith, Afghan Whigs and a host of other bands.

What the Stones managed to "bottle" here was taking the double album format, infusing it with a shambolic charm and making their amalgam of country blues rock the template for rock music in the same way that Dylan's "Blonde on blonde" did for a generation of singer songwriters. Indeed both double albums could be distant relatives sharing a timeless quality which is hard to define but which is inculcated with a ramshackle quality and also an authentic experimentation combined with a devil may care attitude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The iconic stones
One of their best albums. I love it. Excellent value for money. I would recommend this album to even non Rolling Stones fans.
Published 1 day ago by Oldsmoothie
5.0 out of 5 stars First for me
This is the first early Stones album I have ever bought and it won't be the last. Excellent music and excellent production.
Published 10 days ago by S. Haselden
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid quality
The sound quality is simply over the top, and so close to my old vinyl. i'll gonna buy some Blu Rau Audio
Published 23 days ago by Ib le Fevre
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Great album with plenty of blues to match the rock. With Keith Richards doing lead on "Happy" and the memorable Tumbling Dice
Published 27 days ago by Mr T McHale
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray audio
Blu-ray audio is uncompressed 94 Virgin master, not highly compressed 2010 master. Tonally unnatural, lacking in bass. No bonus material.
Published 1 month ago by David Bower
5.0 out of 5 stars Exile On Main Street
the best stones record for me (and that's saying something) this record should need no description as it's classic status tells the story just enjoy
Published 1 month ago by Richard Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten goody!!
Heard a couple of tracks on the radio and it reminded me what a brilliant album this is. Great to go back and remenisce just how good the Stones were - and still are!
Published 4 months ago by Annie97
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the masterpiece it is supposed to be
The Rolling Stones (much like the Beatles) is more talked about by rock reviewers than really understood and esteemed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Al Most
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great Album
I bought this album first in 1972 and was underwhelmed because it wasn't a rehash of Sticky Fingers which I loved. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allan Davy
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn & Frayed
People are too quick to dish out 5 star reviews on Amazon I reckon - but Exile On Main Street really does warrant full marks. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rooksby
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