suggest if you have a sei decent set up with a deck that you buy one of the audiophile vinyl versions of exile.i own the virgin simply vinyl 180gm remastered edition from the late 90,s and simply put its the real deal.
its not polished too much in that if you listen you are able to hear buzzing amps even background chatter in one song.the bass drum rattle and the pedal squeaks-now thats what i like to hear in the rock album-real people warts and all-not too polished,as much as i adore dark side of the moon and similar prog records- too much and you become anodyne and sterilised.is that what rock is about really-when i was a professional musician it was hot sweaty clubs and very loud and smelly placs they were indeed.not condusive to noodling 18 minute conceptual pieces about mental illness.
you had people standing not less than 5 foot away from you-it was real and thats what the stones bring to the table-reality.
as for them being a blues band i think that is a misconception.brian jones wanted them to be pure blues band but after little red rooster(their only true blues style single)can you really call what they were doing blues ?
blues for me is either the proper american stuff like son house or howling wolf and willie dixon etc etc. these were 5/6 white middle class-ish lads from london(stu excepted) who had FA to do with poverty and slavery etc etc.they became an amalagm of white blues ,soul r & b and importantly pop-turning into a rock band along the way after dalliances with psychedelia and the flower power era.hence brian jones was lost his blues band had morphed into something completely different and he had lost complete control of it and his life-sad i know but it happens - often !
with beggars banquet onwards we have a different stones one set up for the rock format that was emerging with the new yardbirds,cream and the who again morphing from their mod base-is tommy a work of a mod band ?is quadraphenia a work of a blues band -no its progressive rock in its sccope and musicality.
sorry to waffle eternally !