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4.0 out of 5 stars "...It's My Heart That You Stole..." - Exile On Main St. by THE ROLLING STONES (2010 2CD Remaster)
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...
Published on 16 May 2010 by Mark Barry

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This version is a rip-off
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...
Published on 23 May 2010 by F. Bunnik


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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This version is a rip-off, 23 May 2010
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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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199 of 216 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...It's My Heart That You Stole..." - Exile On Main St. by THE ROLLING STONES (2010 2CD Remaster), 16 May 2010
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This review is from: Exile on Main Street (Deluxe Edition - Includes 12 Page Booklet) (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".

SOUND:
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. Most every track is improved - the instrumentation in your speakers with a fabulous live and shambolic feel. The acoustic and harmonica opening of "Sweet Virginia" and the drums of "All Down The Line" are superb. To me it's a huge improvement, a balls-to-the-wall triumph. Downsides - the hiss level on "Shine A Light" that was there in the first place is now more accented as it is on the frantic "Rip This Joint". Some despised the 2009 remasters, so this will be more of the same for them, but most I suspect will absolutely love it. Wish I could say the same about the presentation...

PACKAGING:
Very poor I'm afraid. The front flap and rear of the original 2LP cover are produced on the outside of the digipak (as they should be) with the inner LP photo spread reproduced on the inside of the digipak, BUT the original vinyl double also had two fantastic inner sleeves and a set of fold-out postcards (only came with 1st pressings and they're now very rare). Only 1 of the 4 sides of the two inner sleeves is reproduced! That the idiots would not bother picturing the 'postcards' seems to be par for the course for Stones reissues these days, but that great shot of Mick & Keith at the mike with whiskey bottle in hand is missing - as is the "I Don't Want To Talk About Jesus I Just Want To See His face" quote on the other side - unbelievable! The supposedly exclusive 12-page booklet is different to all other issues, but turns out to be just black and white photos of the session and no liner notes whatsoever - none! The track-by-track details are now only bland black and white printed listings, which lose all of the inner sleeves magical artwork. It's an insult that this supposedly 'deluxe' reissue cavalierly misses out on crucial visual elements of the original release - it's hugely unimaginative and workmanlike at best.

BONUS DISC:
Although the 10 bonus tracks have the same original backing band - and despite what the track-by-track credits 'don't' tell you - it's obvious that the first 5 have had 'treatment' of some kind - vocal tracks added on/redone recently.

"Pass The Wine (Sophia Loren)" is an ok opener, but the track that sounds most like a genuine outtake peach is "Plundered My Soul" which is fantastic (it was issued in April 2010 as a limited edition Record Shop Day 7" single in the USA and UK). Best approximation is that it sounds like the B-side "Tumbling Dice" should always have had (lyrics above). "I'm Not Signifying" is ok, but hardly great, but there then follows a genuinely lovely ballad "Following The River" complete with the new girls giving it some soulful backing vocals (Lisa Fischer and Cindy Mizelle). It's far better than you think. "Dancing In The Light" is a jaunty mid-tempo song similar to "Hide Your Love" off "Goat's Head Soup". The opening of "So Divine (Aladdin Story) is closer to Brian Jones Rolling Stones circa "Dandelion" and its really interesting - Jim Price on vibes and Bobby Keys on some kind-of treated saxophone sound. There follows two "Alternate Takes" of "Loving Cup" and "Soul Survivor". Now these are far closer to what we want - "Loving Cup" opens with a lovely Nicky Hopkins piano refrain and suddenly it's "there" - that shambolic feel to everything - especially the guitars of Richards and Taylor duelling to the end yet complimenting each other so perfectly. Now this I will love. And then another gem - Keith carrying the vocals and sloppy stuff on "Soul Survivor" instead of Mick - and it works - and when that riffing guitar kicks in, I'm balling my eyes out and there's chills on my arms. "Good Time Women" is a forerunner for "Tumbling Dice" and is fab - rough and tumble as well. "Title 5" opens with studio chatter of "Take 1" and is a strange little rocking instrumental which kind of peters out, interesting but that's all...

Ok - so there's no live stuff and there should be (legendarily good), the "All Down The Line" Alternate Take that's on the B-side of the "Plundering My Soul" 7" single isn't on here either, which is just stupid - and the 4-track Excerpts 7" Flexi single from the April 1972 NME in the UK with song edits and an exclusive "Exile On Main Street Blues" track is nowhere to be seen let alone pictured either. But overall - I'm kind of shocked at how good Disc 2 is. I'll ignore some of these newer makeovers for sure, but those Alternate Takes are thrilling.

In May 2012, "Exile" will be 40 years old and Mick and Keef will be more Zimmer Frames than Glimmer Twins. But that won't stop this coolest of double-albums from being the absolute business. I suspect the real truth about this 2CD reissue is far simpler - men around the world will see this digital temptress pouting on the shelf of their local megastore, feel a quickening of the pulse and a movement in their trouser area - and be unable to resist.

And you know, you can't help but feel that these two canny English lads already know this.

God bless The Rolling Stones and roll on "Some Girls...
(due later this year apparently)

PS:
HMV in the UK have issued "Exile" with the digipak inside an exclusive card slipcase (Polydor 274 102-3). I've pictured both sides of it for fans.

The Japanese, however, have not surprisingly got the most desirable version of them all; it's inside a 14-disc box set called "From The 70's To 00's" which contains all their 'studio' albums from "Sticky Fingers" through to "A Bigger Bang". They are all on the SHM-CD format (Super High Materials) and each has the original album artwork repro'd on one of those 5" Mini LP sleeves we so love (UICY-91558). "Exile" is included - being the 2010 Remaster version - and is in a gatefold card sleeve complete with its original fold-out postcards and two inner sleeves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HOW LOUD?, 3 Sep 2013
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rolling Stones - "Cold English blood runs hot", 9 May 2010
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This review is from: Exile on Main Street (Deluxe Edition - Includes 12 Page Booklet) (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.

It is noticeable that most of the bands highlighted above are American and "Exile" is the Stones paying their debts to their musical influences from across the Atlantic with a vibe that seemed to transport a mix of Chicago and Nashville to the lazy and decadent surroundings of Villa Nellcôte in Southern France for recording purposes. The legends and myths which surround the recording sessions that led to "Exile" can be devoured in forensic detail throughout the music journals particularly "Uncut" and Robert Greenfield's patchy book "A Season in hell" . The "Exile" sessions were by any standards the ones which permanently ensured that the Dartford Temperance league particularly with Charlie's Watts's mammoth "Cognac" input would always be on a hiding to nothing. Neither at this time was Jagger the latter day saint we now know so well today and his description of the "party atmosphere of the sessions" takes the art of understating a fact to a whole new level. Indeed it was the introduction of the former Byrd and country genius Gram Parsons into the sessions as Keith's "best mate" which set the tone. It led to both of these iconic figures being pretty wrecked most of the time from a gigantic cocktail of drug taking to plain old booze which was supplied by a never ending cast list of hanger's on. But despite all this "Exile" is very much "Keith's album", he was clearly was the self appointed "King of the court" and it is testimony to his genius that these recordings from a humid recording basement in his rented villa often packed with a challenging coterie of followers, "ne'er do wells" and the notorious "les cowboys", turns out to be some of the Stones best.

As for the music, well you know the score by now. "Tumbling Dice" is my favourite Stones song bar none, "Happy" is one of the best things Keith ever committed to vinyl with its wonderful opening lines "Well I never keep a dollar past sunset, it always burned a hole in my pants" and the pristine quality of the version on here is a pure joy; you can hear the horns properly at last! For sentimental purposes I also still like to think that Gram Parsons might be singing in the background on "Sweet Virginia", love the swinging ballad "Torn And Frayed", the swampy "Ventilator Blues" and the deep gospel of "Shine a light". As for the new songs on this Deluxe Edition they are fascinating. "Good Time Women" is the template for Tumbling Dice, the alternative version of "Loving Cup" is very strong. Plundered my soul" essentially a new song and why "Following the River" never appeared on the original album in the first place is a mystery. That said why tamper with perfection? While the extras are fascinating and very important documents of a band at its creative peak they are not absolutely essential. What counts here is that "Exile on Main Street" has done more than most any other album to steer and condition the musical Zeitgeist for nearly forty years and long may it continue to exhort us in no uncertain terms to get our rocks off.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wow..what a rip off,,plunder our walletts mick, 18 Jun 2010
wow..we know that the stones have been more of a corporation in the spirit of a rock n roll mcdonalds..or "the walmart of rocknroll" for around 30 years or more now..but they were for a breif 5 or 6 years an incredible band, one of the best, and exile on main street is one of their greatest moments...so this box should and could of been awesome, however it is a disgrace and definetly something ive already sold off as i dont want it in my collection..i actually hate this reissue..why??
a 30 minute dvd that is now released as a 151 minute dvd making this dvd a waste of time..FOR the money we deserve at least the full dvd not some 30 collection of outtakes...no one can argue against the fact that the stones are just ripping us off here
a petty shoddy book of familiar photos with little to none text..no new notes revealing any new facts etc...probably the worst book ever put out on the stones..
the newly over dubbed tracks sound like eightiss outtakes..so the bonus disc is awful to
...possibly the worst box set ever released..a complete blatant rip off..compared it to the dylan beatles neil young etc boxes this is mick and the boys at their most corporate money crabbing worst..
their are hours of footage and genuine outatkes from exile on main street and none of it is here
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exile Review, 20 May 2010
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Well, this is it: everything American music was unknowingly building towards for 25 years. All those electric bluesmen, soul singers, country warblers, every American sound from Chuck Berry to Hank Williams to Otis Redding, every American sound that was thrown together and gave us Rock N' Roll, well this record is it's culmination; if you want pure, unadulterated Rock N' Roll, it's ultimate listening experience.
There's nothing groundbreaking here, nothing new, nothing wholly original and it may just wash over the first time listener in a muddy, indefinable hodge-podge of sound. The song titles may seem clichéd, the riffs could take a while to reach your ears and it may sound like you've heard it all before, but, over time, it begins to sound like no other record, yet simultaneously and brilliantly sounding like everything that came before it.
`Exile...' is the loosest, most seemingly thrown together record you'll ever hear and as close a studio album can come to actually sounding live. It's also one of the most meticulously made records you'll probably hear. Every muddied chorus, blast of brass, half heard backing vocal and random conga was put together painstakingly by the Stones during multiple takes. No studio record can sound this natural unless you know exactly what you are doing and it's that exactitude that creates such sounding `spontaneity'.
`Exile On Main Street' is an album in which you can immerse yourself and like any good book or film inhabits it's own world. Ultimately this is not just a collection of good songs but an experience. Surely that's what all great albums should be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Exile on Main Street, 23 May 2013
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Great record, but why this mania for remastering? The very soul of the Stones is their raw magic,leave perfection alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hazy Days, 21 July 2010
This review is from: Exile on Main Street (Deluxe Edition - Includes 12 Page Booklet) (Audio CD)
There's always been a vibe going around that you're truly cool and in the club if you quote Exile as being the peak of The Stones career. I don't agree with that at all. For instance Sticky Fingers, their previous release has got it all goin' on with classic tracks like Brown Sugar, Wild Horses and what's more the recording production is clearer.
Exile's still full of Stones flavour though and it's sloppy feel is worth getting into. Shame that Mick's vocal is often buried deep in the mix and with no lyric sheet provided within this deluxe edition you're struggling to work out what the guy's on about!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Overcompressed, overloud and squashed, 16 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Exile on Main Street (Deluxe Edition - Includes 12 Page Booklet) (Audio CD)
A lot of us grew up with this music, a lot of people love this stuff, so on with review. This really needs to be said. A lot of what I say here applies to other stuff currently being reissued. Some very good - the recent "Get your Ya Yas out" was quite good for example. Others, very bad indeed.

Exile on Main Street has now (finally) been re-issued.
How does the new mastering on the reissued vinyl and CD actually sound? Is it any good? The packaging is great - love the book, but what about the content? What's in the grooves?

Let's take the vinyl first. There is no way to sugar coat this, the sound on this record is a disgrace. No, that's too kind, it is a travesty. The mastering engineer involved should be ashamed of himself and this miserable excuse for a mastering job. The unbelievable lack of respect shown for this landmark, classic recording is breathtaking.

When first released in 1972 "Exile" was considered only a partial success. A lot of critics at the time found it too long, sprawling and the mix a muddy mess. However on a decent stereo system you hear a pretty good, complex recording, densely mixed (it takes a good cartridge to make sense of the mix). It is a very good production. If your cartridge (or your senses) were up to the mix. Critics were mumbling about a tired and confused band, possibly lacking in direction. That was completely wrong.

How many times have I heard this record? Lots, probably hundreds. A comparison of the 1972 US pressed original, mastered at Artisan in LA reveals just how bad this reissue really is. The new remastering sounds compacted, flat, two-dimensional, deliberately dynamically compressed and artificially "loud". The sound is artificial and "bloated". And a lot of the bass so present on the original has gone AWOL. The horns that blaze away with that mean edge on "Rocks Off" are flaccid, lacking in definition, Charlie Watts signature sound is soft. The CD ripped to an iPod and played back on cheapie earbuds will probably sound pretty cool, but a full size system capable of anything approaching dynamic range reveals this disgrace for what it is. It sounds like someone has sliced out the "feel" of the music - the digital transfer I guess - then pumped it with steroids.
This recording has had it's balls cut off.

44.1Khz/24 bit digital files were apparently used to cut the vinyl. This record should have been cut analog to analog from the tapes as was done with the recent Jimi Hendrix reissues and the Bob Dylans from a few years ago. However, leaving the analog/digital discussion aside - standard these days is 96Khz/24bit. "The Doors" vinyl reissues and the recent Neil Young reissues were all done at 192KhZ/24bit, the upcoming Beatles vinyl is also rumoured to be 192/24. So what's the excuse for "Exile"?

Who was responsible for this? It's hard to believe either Keith or Mick actually listened closely to this miserable mess, though it's possible. The vinyl was cut by Doug Sax of "The Mastering Lab", a legend in the mastering game. However, he only cut to vinyl the 44.1K/24bit files he received. The mastering engineer responsible for this is Stephen Marcussen, of Marcussen Mastering.

No wonder Don Was (the Stones current producer) in a recent interview dodged questions on the new CD mastering, preferring to talk about Bob Ludwigs (Gateway Mastering) CD mastering for the 1994 reissue for Virgin records. When you play Bob Ludwigs CD, you'll hear what this record is supposed to sound like, as intended for a decent stereo system, with bass, full dynamic range and as much three-dimensionality as CD can manage, which isn't much, but here he's worked miracles.

The original invites you to turn up the volume, the reissue after five minutes invites requests to turn it down.

If you really want to hear this record in all it's magnificent, ragged, bluesy glory, find yourself a original american pressing with the Artisan double circle with the two lines mark in the deadwax. They're not that hard to find, take it down to a record store with a record cleaning machine to flush the dust of 40 years out of the grooves. Put it up, and turn it up.

This all said, the book and the DVD are great, the bonus CD is pretty good, though it's more of the same bad mastering. All the same, nice to have some new stuff. The reissue CD, just plain bad, loud mastering. The vinyl, an utter disgrace that everybody involved with should be ashamed of.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity missed..., 28 Aug 2010
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Here was a chance to follow in the mould of the excellent recent Beatles remasters The Beatles In Mono and cast a spotlight on what many believe to be the Stones' finest hour.

Unfortunately, it just doesn't make the grade. I am sure that this album will sound great to many people listening to it through an iPod or computer speakers. There is nothing wrong with this, as it is a great album and should be enjoyed by many.

However, this is a review of the vinyl, and assuming that most people buying it will be listening through the requisite hi-fi equipment, it simply just does not cut it.

There are many reviews on line by people far more qualified than myself (see Michael Fremer, for example) so I will not repeat the points that they make about the flat, lifeless mastering that completly nullifies the drive and bite of the album. It just sounds so limp and neutered when compared to Bob Ludwig's CD on Virgin, or the original Artisan pressing.

It is a real shame, as the pressing is excellent and has no surface noise whatsoever (at least not to my ears). There is still a large following of people (myself included) who would love the opportunity to get hold of a good quality, clean vinyl copy that retains the dynamism and attitude of the original mix.

If you own any of the Abko Rolling Stones vinyl remasters, this will sorely disappoint. Even the sleeve reproduction is poor. I cannot help but feel that this is a real missed opportunity.
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