Exile, founded by J P Pennington, began as a group as far back as 1963 (as a rock'n'roll group called The Exiles), but changed their name to Exile in 1973. When they eventually achieved success, it was big - a major international hit, Kiss you all over, which topped the American charts and also made the British top ten,
In both countries, they followed up with some minor hits and it seemed that they were just another pop group who would disappear quickly. However, their songs were good and attracted a number of covers, particularly by country singers although Huey Lewis and the News were successful with Heart and soul.
Among the country singers to cover Exile's songs were Dave and Sugar (Stay with me), Janie Fricke (It ain't easy being easy - Exile's version is sadly not on this compilation) and Alabama (The closer you get, Take me down). All these covers did well on the country charts with the two by Alabama going to number one. You thrill me, a minor hit for Exile, also spawned a country cover - this time by Lynn Anderson. Except as noted, Exile's own versions of these songs are included here.
Eventually Exile, with a new lead singer (Les Taylor), decided to try their luck as a country group. Their rocking, upbeat, pop-country music proved to be very successful for a few years. Those recordings are available separately.
This compilation covers their years as a pop group superbly.