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Exile On Main Street

The Rolling Stones

1972

Exile On Main Street

Album Summary

Exile on Main St. is the 10th British and 12th American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records. Recording began in 1969 in England during sessions for Sticky Fingers and continued in mid-1971 at a rented villa in the South of France named Nellcôte while the band lived abroad as tax exiles. A collage of various images, the album's artwork, according to frontman Mick Jagger, reflects the Rolling Stones as "runaway outlaws using the blues as its weapon against the world", showcasing "feeling of joyful isolation, grinning in the face of a scary and unknown future".Working with a mobile recording studio, the loose and unorganised Nellcôte sessions went on for hours into the night, with personnel varying greatly from day to day. The recording was completed with overdub sessions at Los Angeles's Sunset Sound and included additional musicians such as pianist Nicky Hopkins, saxophonist Bobby Keys, drummer Jimmy Miller and horn player Jim Price. The resulting music was rooted in blues, rock and roll, swing, country and gospel, while the lyrics explored themes related to hedonism, sex and time. These newly recorded tracks were combined with some tracks recorded at earlier sessions from 1969 to 1971, resulting in the Stones' first double album. Exile on Main St. contains frequently performed concert staples and was a number one charting album in six countries, including the UK, US, and Canada. It spawned the hit songs "Happy", which featured a rare lead vocal from Keith Richards, country music ballad "Sweet Virginia", and worldwide top-ten hit "Tumbling Dice". A remastered and expanded version of the album was released in 2010 featuring a bonus disc with 10 new tracks. Unusual for a re-release, it also charted highly at the time of its release, reaching number one in the UK and number two in the US. The album was originally met with mixed reviews before a positive critical reassessment during the 1970s. It has since been viewed by many critics as the Rolling Stones' best work and a culmination of a string of the band's highly critically successful albums, following the releases of Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969) and Sticky Fingers (1971). Rolling Stone magazine has ranked Exile on Main St. number 7 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003 and 2012, and dropping to number 14 in the 2020 edition, the highest Rolling Stones album ranked on the list. In 2012, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the band's fourth album to be inducted.

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Rating

3.6

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4952

Genres

  • Rock
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Apparently this is the most revered Rolling Stones album, near the top of lots of lists of all-time albums. I've always liked the Rolling Stones, but that's mostly based on singles. It's possible the only album I've listened to is Blue & Lonesome from 2016. Anyhow, this album is...fine. I like this kind of music, the style is very consistent, and nothing here is bad. Unfortunately it bored me. Where are the hits? Where are the hooks? Why are people calling this one of the greatest rock albums of all time? I don't get it. It's long, but it slipped into the background almost immediately so I hardly noticed the length. Exile me if you must, but I think I'd rather relisten to their 2016 album. This supposed masterpiece is simply a-okay. My review might seem harsher than my rating, but that's because it's the Rolling Stones and I was expecting to have my socks blown off. At least I can report that no Stuarts were involved in the making of this album. Favorite tracks: Shake Your Hips, Let it Loose, Shine a Light. Album art: I recognized it immediately, but it's not very interesting. Every time I try to look at the individual pictures and see if any are cool, I look away within five seconds, "I couldn't care less." Fits the album I suppose. 3/5

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I’m starting to feel like Debbie downer on my reviews,since again a strong band name, did not impress. I was excited when I saw the tile & band. I was expecting an explosion of fun but didn’t even get a fizzle from this production. I have so many favorite Jagger songs and Rolling Stone Albums but this is one I will not recommend to others. I like Happy and Tumbling Dice but not impressed by the over all sound.... “Can’t get no Satisfaction (M.J.)

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5

Without a doubt one of the best rock albums of all time. Now, I've been known to give Rolling Stones albums 5 stars before, so what makes this one stand out as king? It's hard to hear an album more coherent and intertwined with crazy strong tracks. Note that this double album isn't full of radio hits like prior the prior album Sticky Fingers, but these songs work one after another and nothing sounds out of place. It represents everything that the Rolling Stones had stood for, and their massive influence on rock music, from their solid incorporation blues to gospel to psychedelia to country. "Rocks Off" is the perfect intro. It's one of the most melodic tracks, representing their psychedelic days. Every instrument is out of sync and vocals come and disappear almost randomly. The brass hits you like a truck but is a masterful display. The next track "Rip This Joint" is a homage to rockabilly, and although I don't recall them starting out with rockabilly (I don't listen to their first albums much and I thought they were heavy blues), it's another rocking fast-paced album that reflects the evolution that the Rolling Stones took music in the prior decade. Next we have a lofi blues cover that I believe pays homage to their origins in the early production age of relying on blues covers. Two songs later we get the lead single "Tumbling Dice" which is probably the only song out of this album that's a radio staple. But I assure you this is not a song you can forget. Nothing about this song is predictable. The structure of the melody and lyrics keeps varying so much to keep you interested. It is also a testament as the zenith of the Rolling Stones' work since Beggars Banquet, with a heavy gospel chorus and strong blues rock heavier and more melodic than any other song except maybe Rocks Off. The second side is dedicated to their impact on country rock, and this best reflects the coherency of this album. The segway from the hard rock first side to the country second side is still inherently Rolling Stones but changes the perspective to focus on a more folklike side of rock, demonstrating the range that Rolling Stones had touched the music industry. I just want to talk about the first track of these which is one of my favorites, "Sweet Virginia." I've never been a fan of country, but oh sweet virginia, from the lofi vocals, Jagger's harmonica in the background, and that amazing sax solo, it makes me feel nostalgic for a place I've never actually experienced. Third side we go back to classic rock n roll with another strong pop rock song, "Happy." The next two tracks are hard and loud songs that follow seamlessly, until we suddenly get a strange transition from "Ventilator Blues" to the lofi gospel track "I Just Want to See His Face." Despite the quiet outro, it is not the end of the side. The final track is an epic ballad of more than 5 minutes, this time paying homage to all the kind of music of the black community that Rolling Stones took inspiration from over the years. Their most soulful track, it is heavy in both blues and gospel. The final side starts off once again with another strong pop rock track "All Down the Line," which is melodic and rocks but yet for some reason did not chart. The last track I wanted to talk about is "Shine the Light" which I believe has the strongest lyrics. The pace keeps changing, starting off slow, picking up speed, and retaining the momentum all throughout. One of the best displays of their masterful craft of combining rock and gospel. Usually with double albums they're so long I lose attention from time to time until I song I like comes up. Not with this album. It doesn't stick to one theme for long. Skipping any track makes the experience feel incomplete. And after so many listens, you'll find there are no tracks to skip. No other album in history except maybe the White Album is able to show such diversity in talent while still sticking true to their character and influence on the music industry. I'm really happy this album exists, and I doubt a year will go by in my life without at least half a dozen listens.

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5

In which the Stones return to their 60's peak, take another look at the summit, then surpass it the only way a torn and frayed band knows how: by jumping head-first down the other side and dragging us with them. What else is the audio murk but dust and grit in the microphones? Why is Jagger garbling his words but he's got a gob full of rocks? In its ass-backwards way, Exile may pivot on its two most attenuated songs: I Just Want To See His Face--a barely decipherable religious plaint that sounds like a discarded 78 from four decades earlier--is a potash of manufactured and organic matter--Jagger's Black America vocals, the gospel backing, and washboard rhythms--and Sweet Black Angel-- an undercover protest song for the imprisoned Angela Davis. Also sung in Jagger's morally ambiguous Deep South imitation and containing the N word, its potentially offensive features are in fact a complex comment on the retrograde treatment of Black people filtered through a century of Black music. In other words, Exile is rich beyond belief, feeding and fed by the entire tradition of popular music. Its treasures may never be unearthed or understood. But like the very best art, the joy is in experiencing it, not interpreting it.

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Will this be the album where I finally get the hype around The Rolling Stones...?? Nope. 18 tracks and none of them really excited me. Shine a Light at a push. It's all fine, if you fancy an hour of competent bluesy rock & roll, but 'competent' alone will only get you 2.5 stars, tops.

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5

What always blows me away about this album is how American it sounds. Sure, the Stones had long been riffing off the blues but a song like Rip this Joint expands that into some New Orleans sounds and Sweet Virginia sounds like it was recorded in Nashville. Just an amazing sublimation of influences while transmogrifying them into something not new but altogether transporting.

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Would you believe me if I told you I've never listened to a Rolling Stones album before, nor have I even attempted to? Why not? Let me tell you a story: I returned to my primary school a couple of years after leaving, with a few friends. We wanted to say hi to old teachers, revisit the old stomping ground. Our old music and RE teacher, Mr Watts, marched past. An eccentric man. We tried to stop him and say hi, but he simply said "Too tall, too tall," and marched on. That was the last ever interaction I had with him. He's dead now. Point being, the Stones (and Dylan, and Bowie, and Nick Cave..., but especially the Stones) were always "too tall" for me. I couldn't bear to face up to the sheer volume of music I'd avoided. Better to march on blindly, and not engage. Well, just as I think Mr Watts was completely wrong on that fateful day 20 or so years ago, I am pleased to report I too was completely wrong. Not only are the individual songs vibrant, catchy, fun and booty-shaking - the album as a whole feels like a real celebration of a band at the peak of their powers. It has an unerring sense of utter self-confidence that is completely intoxicating. So. Why not 5 stars? Because I can't help feeling like a fraud of a Stones-listener; giving it 5 stars implies I've unpacked everything, and digested its meaning. Truth is, I got my groove on, found it so much more accessible than I'd ever have dreamed and am primed for this to grow into a 5 star. I just don't feel like I've earned it yet. After all, they are just too tall to take in on one listen.

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Exile On Fart Street lol

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5

Excellent album; some classics among some great blues songs. Has most of my favorite Stones songs on it. Highlights: -Sweet Virginia -Tumbling Dice -Loving Cup -Happy -Shine a Light

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5

What a joy to find my favourite Stones album in the inbox today. I'm not even half was through the 1st tune and already three classic lines: 1) "The Sunshine bores the daylights out of me." (I use that one all the time) 2) "I come every time that she pirouettes on me." (I always think of that line when I meet a dancer but I wisely don't let it move from the brain to the tounge.) 3) and of course the line that I'm sure is also your favourite: "Plug in, flush out, and fight and fuck and feed." Then we move to the 2nd song which contains the classic line: "Dick and Pat down in old DC, they're gonna hold some shit for me." I could go on like this for every song. My ability to understand Mick's slur is no better than anyone else's but I bought the Japanese press of this album which included a loot bag of extras including a lyric sheet. In those pre-Google days this meant I was the only kid in town who knew the words. I remember an interview with Charlie where he said he didn't like being in the South of France for so long since he couldn't find Branston Pickles. Yeah that's the same reason I've never been to the south of France. lol This is the album, when Keith started playing his guitar with Open G tuning and only 5 strings - tossing the low E string (most bass string). This made it tough on the bar bands since they couldn't get the riffs to sound right on most Stones songs that followed. Side 2 is my favourite side. One hit and the rest is excellent jamming with all instruments on fire and really good harmonies, especially considering none of them knows how to sing. Tumbling Dice is an excellent example of how an opening riff can make a song. This was Keith's specialty. Torn and Frayed is a good example of Charlie's drumming prowess (RIP). Also Bobby Keys is at his best with Sweet Virginia being his highlight. I will never find too many live versions of this song from concerts in the Bobby days. (RIP). If you're a Bobby Keys fan check out the G rated version of Sweet Virginia on You Tube. It's an afternoon concert in front of the Nashville library (I think). Since there are lots of kids running around within earshot he changes the words to " Got to scrape the 'stuff' right off your shoe." Sweet Virginia is one of the few songs played with regular guitar tuning and all six strings so the guitar hacks can play something from this double LP. Although it really doesn't sound that good without the sax and harp solos. Side 3 is also very good starting with Happy, the best known song that Keith sings. When I saw him play it he couldn't remember the words which was hilarious given he only sings lead on one song. Oh well, at least he took his guitar playing seriously which is the main thing. Fabulous album!

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5

'Exile On Main Street' is earnestly performed and brilliantly made, making it one of the best albums of the 1970s namely in the field of rock and roll. The many riffs and chord arrangements residing in the spacious bars sound familiar because The Rolling Stones were their early adopters, popularizing it and leaving an everlasting mark. Tempo and pacing done right, this record features an attractive rock 'retro' quality to it - which combined with soulful performances from the members, creates a piece of work that will remain fundamentally influential.

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5

This is the fourth and last in what I consider to be the Rolling Stones peak period of creativity, from 1968 to 1972. An amazing rock album with a lot of gospel and swing references and great songs like Rocks Off, Tumbling Dice (my favourite Stones tune), Sweet Virginia and Shine a Light.

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5

What is the best Stones album and why is it Exile On Main Street? For starters, it's their White Album: Disjointed yet epic; Complicated but ultimately rewarding. It has Sweet Virginia, Tumbling Dice, Loving Cup, and Let It Loose. It allows a strung out Keith Richards to sing lead on a song. The joyful Billy Preston plays both the piano and organ on "Shine A Light". And it all adds up to the closest I'll ever get to the feeling of a heroin and cocaine Speedball.

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3

The Stones isolated themselves to come up with this double album and jamming out tunes using their unused riffs and songs plus adding completely new songs. The style is a combination of blues, rock, gospel, r&b, jazz and country, yet with so many genres and tracks, the music still manages to sound the same and get stale by the end. The Stones have done much better than this.

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I have always respected this Stones album with it's diverse rock-n-roll, blues, and country flavours. There are some phenomenal songs on this record, especially the "non-hits" and slower tempo like Sweet Virginia, Torn and Frayed, Sweet Black Angel, Loving Cup, Let It Loose, and Shine A Light. HOWEVER, I am just not a Stones guy. Jagger's voice has always made me want to slap him. In the end, my respect for EOMS still doesn't translate to pleasing to my ears overall.

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I was wondering when we would see a Rolling Stones album come up since everyone loves them so much. I do include myself slightly in that “everyone” but when it came to rock, I had many other bands I liked more so I’ve never listened to a full stones album. I like the album cover, very scrapbooky but they also use duplicate photos so there is a touch of laziness to it but it was the 70’s. This is another band where I struggle to hear what Mick is saying but don’t mind too much because I love his voice and the music is really good. I’m noticing that right off the bat on Rocks Off. Rip this Joint is also really fun. I’m hopefully sensing a theme for this album with these easy to dance to type songs you’d hear in a tavern with the pianos and brass. Woah, Shake Your Hips sounds a lot like La Grange from ZZ Top, who made it first? Uh oh, La Grange came out in 1973…and it sounds better than this song. Casino Boogie! For some reason I really like that song title. Wish I liked the song, doesn’t feel like the kind of Casino Boogie I was expecting. Despite me not being a huge stones fan, I’m really learning to appreciate them with this listen. Hearing the sound they are creating on this album really does feel like they could have been an old timey saloon band. I wonder when exactly they shifted to the more stadium rock they are known for now. Kudos for Turd On the Run, that’s an all timer of a title. I’ve been just cruising through these songs like they are on the soundtrack of Red Dead Redemption. After listening to the whole album, I really enjoyed it. My favorite songs were Tumbling Dice and Torn and Frayed.

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5

One of the best Rolling Stones album, so many great songs and flows very very nicely.

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5

Love this album so much. Tons of variety and the playing is on point. This is about as good as rock n roll gets

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5

This album was almost a new one for me! It’s woven genres is really cool. I’ll give this an RS 4.9

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5

One of my favorites Stones LPs

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5

I enjoyed it, I saved a couple songs to add to my own personal playlist for 2021. 😄

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5

Definitely one of their good album

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5

Perfect album. Nothing to complain about at all.

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5

So much fun

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5

Perfect alvum

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5

Stones are always a hit

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5

Stones when they are past their pop phase, getting some great rock & roll, country, and blues grooves. Absolute classic!

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5

un grande entre los grandes

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5

Such a good blues rock album. Love an upbeat first track. So many good good songs in the record. The guitar work is so subtle but really adds so much to each song.

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5

One of the best double albums of all time (along with London Calling)?

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5

One of the greatest Rolling Stones albums and one of the greatest albums of all time; a perfect showcase of the brilliance behind the Stones' blues and country influenced songwriting. 10/10 Best Tracks: "Rocks Off" "Casino Boogie" "Tumbling Dice" "Sweet Virginia" "Torn and Frayed" "Sweet Black Angel" "Loving Cup" "Happy" "Ventilator Blues" "Let It Loose" "All Down the Line" "Shine a Light" "Soul Survivor"

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5

Obvious banger no? Rolling stones BEEN having it

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5

Pre marking this. Like the songs so far, need to get this more embedded

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5

It's probably too long, but it's got everything you could want from a Stones album. Maybe my favorite of theirs. Best track: Tumbling Dice

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5

It's the stones. they are as old as I am....always loved the stones

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5

5.0 + unmatched for its loose swagger. This recording sounds like a rollicking weekend bender and I wish I could jump in and join.

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5

Exile on Main St, in all its ragged, full-on, rock'n'roll swagger, is all a young man needs. In places, this record does indeed sound, in the best possible way, like an album made by a bunch of drunks and junkies who were somehow firing on all engines. The Stones would never sound so sexy, so raucous and abandoned,ever again. Fave Stones album, by far.

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5

You can’t get more from this. It’s rock n roll the way the Stones mastered it, bringing in country, blues, gospel, and the attitude that makes them the best. RIP Charlie.

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5

Stones at their finest... the best expression of rock and roll ever conceived

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5

10/10

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5

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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5

Now this is a classic album. Heroin/coked up tax exiles record a double album of swampy rock and blues with a splash of country in an old chateau. What's not to love? Best Tracks: Rocks Off; Tumbling Dice; Sweet Virginia

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5

This was a very 'soulful' type of rock and roll album. I enjoyed it quite a lot! Felt like the perfect mix between New Orleans and London.

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5

You want their "hits"? You want their radio-friendly songs? Then go buy their "Best of..." albums. This album is them showing their blues roots, and paying homage to all the blues greats, without whom there would be no Rolling Stones. If you don't recognize what makes this a watershed album for this band, then you don't deserve to understand this album. How's that for a bit of rock snobbery?

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5

If Sticky Fingers is the Stones' "Rubber Soul", this is their "Abbey Road." This is by and far the greatest record they have every put out. It's a left turn that veers into an Americana-gospel inspired record while maintaining a quality rock n' roll sound that pulls emotion from every corner of the room. There are some songs that could have been cut for precision sake...but that would detract from the wholesome experience afforded by Exile. Even when certain moments feel out of place, like "Shake Your Hips" or "Turd On The Run", you'll be able to reflect on the bigger picture crafted by Jagger, Richards and the gang and get swallowed back into an experience few records have been able to give in the past 50 years. Favorite Songs: Tumbling Dice, Sweet Virginia, Loving Cup, Shine A Light, Soul Survivor Least Favorite: Turd On The Run

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5

Easy 5/5, no question. Favorite tracks might be Happy and All Down the Line

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5

Always loved this album...gritty new orleans feel...Torn and Frayed + Loving Cup are absolutely solid

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5

Qué discazo. No soy híper fan de los Rolling, pero este disco suena súper fresco y alocado. Lo mejor? Aunque tiene canciones famosas ninguna de ella destaca. Y para cuando te quieras enterar te has metido una hora de disco Trascendencia: 7. Creo que es un disco más bien de culto. Ninguna de sus canciones llega a los 100M de reproducciones. Género: 10. Quieres rock clásico? Toma dos tazss. Personal: 10. Inmejorable

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5

I would regard this as one of the best albums from the Rolling Stones, probably in my top 3, at least. A sprawling double-album, Exile allows the Stones to explore different music different styles and it highlights the band at it's career height, both creatively and musically. This has to be considered one of the greatest double albums of all time, leading off with the highly underrated, Rocks Off and continues to amaze until the end of side 4. Must hear!

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5

One of the greatest bands the British music industry has ever produced, this is a snapshot of them at the height of there powers

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5

The Rolling Stones are a huge band of course, and I like most of their music, but to say I'm a fan would be an exaggeration. However, I thought the band sounded really good on this album, supported by an array of great musicians. I particularly liked the soul/gospel accents (brass, backing vocals), elevating the blues/rock tunes. During the first listen the album felt quite long: into the second half my attention was starting to fade and I even got slightly irritated by Jagger's vocals toward the end. However, the second time around this was no longer an issue and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

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5

Together with Beggars Banquet, which is presumably on the list as well, my favourite Rolling Stones album - a clear top 10-ever album.

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5

slap after slap after slap. awesome album. shine the light is an incredible tune, the guitar lick at then end completely shreds

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5

Had me tapping my foot for the entire 1hr 48min. Perfectly executed blues with just the right amount of horns scattered throughout, fair bit of Big Sax even. Plenty of shred from the master himself as well. A great album.

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5

Awesome

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5

Always love the Stones and this was a double album too!

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5

Great chilled rock n roll!

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5

Nostálgico. Gostei das melodias de jazz e blues

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5

Great album. Classic,

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5

it might miss their best of hits but this album is so nice as a whole, with diverse good songs mostly from the blues rock genre and interesting compositions

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5

Truly one of the greatest albums of all time. So soulful and bluesy. Songs like Sweet Virginia, Loving Cup, Let It Loose, Shine a Light are just incredible. There's enough variation in pacing and sound that this album just does not get old. Incredible and an automatic 5.

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5

Rolando as preda

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5

This album is much, MUCH better than Let it Bleed. Like, leagues better; there are simply no skips. And it's not that Let it Bleed is BAD--but rather, this was just simply so much better. LIB was a collection of one S-tier song and the rest were Bs and Cs; this was S-tiers and A-tiers only IMO. It's all aged beautifully: The vocals work, the instruments sound as layered and sophisticated as they did when this album first came out (I assume; it predates me). I'd be remiss to pick any fave track other than "Tumbling Dice," especially considering the cool history. Keith Richards got the idea for the track when he rolled out of bed one morning feeling uninspired and then tuned up his guitar. And out "tumbled"--heh, heh--the full melody of this song. Even for those of us who don't have Keith Richards's musical mind, it's easy to recognize a stellar track when you hear one. And this is IT.

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5

Loved it.

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5

It’s the stones

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5

One of my favorites ever

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5

I Are Bort is not going to enjoy this.

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5

The best.

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5

5 stars for the stoners. thanks for the 4/20 rec 😎

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5

Great album - debating a four or a five. Would love to have seen them live during this era. Rounding up.

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5

holy shit that’s fucking good sorry, last album I heard from them was Aftermath and it was just… eh I mean Paint it Black is great but both the UK and US were pretty much just blues covers with a good song here and there and it’s not that I don’t like blues, check my reviews I fucking love it, that album was just kind of lame but this one, seriously, good golly The Rolling Stones were late bloomers, really late bloomers but when they actually started doing good shit did they really show just how great they are honestly, I wasn’t expecting much out of this album but nearly every song blew me away it was a hard choice for my favorite song but the one that made me stop everything and listen to it a few times on repeat was Ventilator Blues like it blew my mind how it slapped that fucking hard in the early 70s anyway, this is a really, really good album I gotta listen to more Rolling Stones but from what I’ve heard, this album feels like their White Album / Blonde on Blonde 10/10

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5

very good sound. I liked it and would like to listen more.

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5

Oh que c’est couillu oh que ça cogne sec, même les « moins connues » (mettons « Ventilator Blues ») font paf paf bien comme il faut. On entend des idées que plein d'artistes développeront plus tard.

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5

This is by far my favorite Rolling Stones album. I am not a huge RS fan, but this album has their most innovative work with a perfect blend of rock, blues and country.

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5

Can this be given 6 x stars?

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5

Very good throughout

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5

Fantastic how much energy and nerve The Stones manager to get out of a very laid back period, in the south of France, creating songs from spontaneous jam sessions. A masterpiece within the Rolling Stones catalogue, nothing less.

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5

The Stones are a consistently good band, and this album is the perfect representation of that statement. Even though it's almost 2h long, they've managed to do it without a single bad track. Sub-optimal, maybe, but none of them were less enjoyable enough to make me even consider skipping (which I tend to do a bit too often with songs I don't care that much). Overall, a great album, has some classic in it, like Tumbling Dice and Shine a Light. Probably a 4.2~4.5

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5

Maybe more deserving of 4 stars, but I'm biased—this is my favorite album by one of my all time favorite bands, the energy and pacing of it is intoxicating and unlike any other album, INCLUDING any other Stones album! Sometimes tax evasion makes your album sound better, it's scientifically proven

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5

Didn't listen this time but it's a classic, probably their best, most consistently great album.

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5

One of my favorite albums

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5

The Stones are great and this album is no exception. It's a fantastic record to put on while going for a drive, or prepping for a party, or having a BBQ, or doing anything that is fun. I love the energy in it and while I've heard many of these songs many times I don't feel sick of them at all- it's just a timeless sound.

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5

My favorite Rolling Stones album and a top ten rock album for me. A terrific collection of songs across a range of blues and country styles. Song after song, they sound like they’re having an absolute blast in the studio. There’s an abundance of joy and exuberance that they captured in the recording. The album makes me happy every time I play it.

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5

Love it, it’s so vibey

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5

Really enjoyed this.

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5

Pretty good. Jaunty.

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4

Its amazing that a British band can make some of the most American music.

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4

Very good album, but not their best for sure.

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4

Hab nicht zugehört, muss aber ok gewesen sein, hab dazu getanzt

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4

Not my cup of tea but I can definitely hear how early blues influenced their sound. Additionally interesting to hear how the sound from the Stones influenced modern rock

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4

Blues/rock mix. Rocks off = love it

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4

Loved rocks off

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4

Good, just good

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4

Fav Song: Shake Your Hips

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4

Liked the album overall.

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4

super bluesy - enjoyed the raw feel to some of the tracks

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4

Some brilliant stuff, prob a tad long.

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4

Another reminder as to how the stones have been relevant for half a century

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4

Very cool. A party I definitely want to be part of.

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4

Before I listened to this album the first time (late 80s), the Rolling Stones were mostly part of the background radiation to me, a ubiquitous presence I was always aware of but thought about little. A friend turned me on to Exile and it captured my full attention immediately. Hardly any filler, compared to most double albums.

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4

Lovely bluesy sound

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4

the Rolling Stones will always be great even if some of the blues stuff is a bit bleurgh. saying that, ‘Ventilator Blues’ is one of the best tracks. I hope they have other albums on here.

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4

Cool

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4

Perfectly stones

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So, I'll admit it, I've never listened to a rolling stones album before. For my first time, I have to say that I really enjoy this album! I love how bluesy this album is, but in a hard-rock kind of way. It sounds so rough and abrasive, it really makes me realize why its called "rock and roll". It makes me feel like I'm on the road, in a freeing sense. I can clearly hear how much this album has been influenced by previous works, but perfected it, which explains why this album holds up so well againts modern bands that have clearly been inspired by the rolling stones. As far as blues-inspired rock goes, this is the best that I've ever heard. Also, I want to point out that there is no Stuart in this band, but there is an Ian Stewart which maybe counts towards our Stuart marathon.

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4

Raw blues rock. The Stones at their most elemental - despite being disjointed they still managed to produce a rock classic

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4

Classic, good afternoon sun album

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4

Great soft, upbeat rock. Good driving music to sing along to.

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4

Good stuff!

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4

Bastante bastante bueno! Rock, blues.

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4

fun listen

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4

good stuff

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4

Un disco homogéneo, rockero, con sus destellos de blues, country, todo, quizá se siente largo no sólo por la duración, sino porque a veces parece que hay dos canciones iguales. Sin embargo, soy fan. "Rocks Off" es un rolón y otras que me gustaron: "Casino Boogie", "Sweet Virginia", "Ventilator Blues", otro rolononón "Let It Loose" y prácticamente las que vienen después me parecen muy buen final. 9/10

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4

This album is heavy on American blues and gospel influence and each song carries a deliberation to it that can only be described as the spirit of rock n roll. At over an hour long, this album contains its fair share of toe-tappers with mediocre songs interspersed throughout. The background singers alone are reason enough to like this album. Listening while under the influence is recommended.

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4

Having just reviewed London Callling, it is extremely appropriate NOT to just say the same thing about an album that most critics think is the best issued by the Rolling Stones. What makes this special is the constant presence of Richards and Taylors guitars -- riffs and solos. But I'm going to step back and NOT give a 5.

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4

Muy bueno, pero muy largo

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Como siempre, en mi imaginación los RS no eran tan country/folk. Pero en este disco está un poco más sutil. Me gustó Rip this joint y soul survivor. Mood: cosmic highway music on drugs

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4

Pretty enjoyable but entirely too long

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4

Probably better than Sticky fingers, but still I think (hope) that Rolling Stones can be in even greater shape.

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4

Está muy largo para mi falta de atención

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Keine Songs, die besonders herausstechen, nicht etwa weil wir hier keine guten Songs haben, sondern weil alle ein ähnlich hohes Niveau haben, gutes Album, sehr old school, sehr Blues-lastig, I like it

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[Rocks off] Опять студентота. Танцы в кафе. Рок'н'ролл. [Rip this joint] Пампит. Чистейший рок'н'ролл. Вашим детям понравится. Трубач трубаши. [Shake your hips] Катишь на Харлее. [Casino Boogie] Вестерн. Салун. Ковбой. И трубач. [Tumbling Dice] Дальнобойщики остановились у Эллис. Красная рубашка, и белокурая девчонка на плече [Sweet Virginia] Название говорит за себя. [Torn and Frayed] О, свит хом алабама [Sweet Black Angel] Болото Луизианы [Loving cup] Фермерский откисняк. Нотки Элтона. [Happy] Добрый, миддлкор рок'н'рол [Turd on the run] Ковбойский движ в штанах. Губная симфония. [Ventilator blues] Да, блюз. Поступь байкера. С сигарой. Биг босс. Топчик для стриптиза. Нотки слегка ебашут как надо быть. Притопы. [I just want to see his face] Что в кинотеатрах играет перед рекламой. Элеватор музик. [Let it loose] Вечер, ресторан. [All down the line] Киноклише испортили восприятие. Ассоциируется или с переездом в мелкий город или с нарезкой осваивания любой темы. [Stop Breaking Down] Перегар, табачный дым. Что на радио у него в трейлере. Стереотипный байкер, бородач. Уже ТАК УСТАЛ от этого сравнения. Это ОНО, то самое. [Shine a light] ОНО! Эти моменты. Будь они подольше, было бы 10/10 [Soul Survivor] Прогрессия аккордов местами звучит свежо, современно. [Pass the wine] Сцена. Полет над гоночными боксами. Хайп перед гонками. [Plundered my soul] Двое поняли, что зря поссорились и вспоминают друг друга и видят образы друг друга на их сигнатурных местах, куда они ходили на свидания. [I'm not signifying] Панорама горячего маленького города. От раннего утра до поздней ночи. Ебучие киноклише и узкий кругозор. Труба и нотки берут своё. [Following the river] from ResidentSleeper to Pog catJAM [Dancing in the lights] Образцовый пример рок'н'рола. [So Divine] Артхаус тусовка под накурку. [Loving Cup AL] Любвая, расслабляющая. [Soul Survivor AL] Как и было сказано, местами современно. [Good time woman] Ультрамегахарош [Title 5] Ещё лучшее. Уверенность. Наглость. Так, стоп, это набор сэмплов?

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4

Can’t go wrong with a stone’s album

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4

Everything that made the Stones great - great hard rock soaked in blues. Favorite Song: Torn and Frayed.

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4

Really enjoyed this. Not as familiar with these songs as other stones albums but it checked al their boxes. Tumbling dice, sweet Virginia, happy

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4

Solid as a rock rock. Great guitar riffs, classic vocals. Not too much more to be said about an album that probably has a million words written about it.

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4

Good album but I feel it's a bit to long. How ever it's got some rockers on it and who can dispute the stones!

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4

Stones, both attention grabbing and slight forgettable at the same time

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4

I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Usually I like more contemporary rock albums, but it genuinely surprised me on how it created a cohesive sound throughout the entirety of the album. Instrumentals were good, they were par with other rock albums.

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4

Ok now this is what I'm talking about. Dirty, swaggering, rock n roll. Telecasters and bowl cuts and STD's. I've heard this one when I briefly tried to get into the Stones in my early 20's. I dunno why I never revisited this one because I distinctly remember liking this album the most out of all of them. First track kicks you in the fucking nuts; it might not be as loud or as crushing as modern rock music production wise but somehow the raw attitude sells it and it feels so much heavier than your run of the mill "rock" band these days. Suck my dick Royal Blood, Danko Jones, or whatever. This was when it was still dangerous and it was ok to be a self absorbed white guy with a guitar. I already love the song Rocks Off, let's hope that I don't suddenly remember why I stopped listening to the Stones in my initial attempt. Ok. I remember why I stopped listening to the Stones. Look, I love Bo Diddly's rhythmic guitar lines (to be fair the palatable context was provided by the first track off of VU so not that I'm trying to allocate any cool points here), I don't mind older rock n roll, but I just cannot fucking STAND the Chuck Berry dunga dunga dunga dunga guitar riffs. Fuck that shit. It's so fucking corny. But honestly it's not that bad here. I'm just not a blues guy, thanks to my dad who used to torture me with some of the worst examples of the genre (eat a dick Bonamossa, you're the blues version of pretentious metal guitarists that are more interested in speed and technicality than musicality), but maybe without that my guard would be down and I'd just stop being a hipster fuck and just appreciate it. Anyhow, it's all the more apparent how lost that glossy, but "clean" (by today's standards at least) tube amp sound isn't really prevalent in any kind of rock music that isn't indie or is trying to lean more on the masculine side of rock music. Perhaps I'm wrong because I've likely heard it in the afore mentioned shitty blues music my dad used to blast, but its swagger was probably completely ruined by the pristine production compared to this, which is a little grungier and rough around the edges, which is exactly how I like my standard guitar, drum, bass, vox album to sound like. Sounds organic and dirty and that shit hits my g spot. I'm more open to the classic country and blues guitar tropes these days, and now I get why I hated it so much in my early 20's despite being fond of guitarists that loved this era of the Stones, but yeah it's not rocking my world. Wouldn't call it average, it's just not singing to me. Except that first track, my God that shit gives me goose bumps. Intense attitude and swagger on that one. It's fairly difficult not to listen to this and hear it as a boring cliche'd classic rock album, but that's likely due to its age and my own ignorance on the subject. It's just hard to see it as a seriously creative thing, and it's not like I even believe that myself. Some of the tracks on here feel like they're meandering into obvious turns that I've heard a million times. Blame my generation's dopamine fatigued brain I guess. It's not horrible at all or even bad or even mediocre, it's just not for me. The piano riff of Loving Cup kinda rips. I gotta admit for how many songs are on this thing it doesn't feel for a moment that anything here was really uninspired, despite my previous remarks of how cliche'd it can sound at the same time. Ok, I'm nearing the end of the album and it kinda rips a lot harder than how I felt about it my first time hearing it. That's just how I am, either albums rip right out the gate or it takes me several tries before I can come up with an opinion.

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4

I’m not the biggest Stones fan in the world…but this is FUCKING good man! I may just find myself investing more time in them! Great album, funky, bluesy, sexy rock!

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4

Honestly, I don’t get why this album gets praised as one of the greatest ever made. It’s still an amazing album, don’t get me wrong, but I just don’t see it as being superior to albums like Let It Bleed or Sticky Fingers. Personally, I feel it could’ve been a solid 12 track album that didn’t need to be a double.

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I remember reading somewhere a long time ago that this was a “heroin-fueled” album, which I interpreted as meaning the drugs enabled them to hit a creative Zenith. Stuff I have read or watched since says the main effect of the heroin was that the recording sessions took longer because Keith Richards kept falling asleep. I keep thinking of them half-asleep or high, playing this sloppy mess of rock n’ roll, blues, gospel, country and soul. There is some great piano-playing throughout and (go-figure) Mick is a pretty hot harmonica player. If I were the cherry-pick my 10 favorite songs (I would include the blues covers) it would be quite an album.

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4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Happy, Shine a light, Following the river

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4

Lots of bluesy filler which unfortunately dilutes the overall quality of the album which is a damn shame as there are enough great tracks here to make it an absolute classic. The best tracks are invariably the ones where they more overtly breakaway from standard rhythm and blues. Favourite track: the atmospheric 'Let it Loose' or the soaring 'Shine a Light'

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4

Listened while setting up my room. Pretty good, I haven't really listened to much of the stones but it had some pretty sweet grooves. Would listen again

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4

Lots of people get super horny for the Stones. Not this reviewer so much. Good album - calm down

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4

Nice blues rock that sounds like a big jam party. No Song really stands out and carries the album, the album is a rad bit too long but still good rock

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4

Double album with 18 songs from the Rolling Stones. Much more bluesy vibe to the album, not as much in the pure rock that some of their more well-known tunes have. Funny that there is an 18 song Stones album and I haven't heard a single one of the tunes before, despite growing up on classic rock radio.

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4

solid stones album

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4

Absolutely classic. A few weak tracks and a lot of misogyny pull it down from a 5 to a 4, but this is a pretty iconic album.

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4

Bluesy.

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4

Un bon album des Stones. Ca sonne bien et certaines tounes sont vraiment classiques. J'ai aimé écouté l'album mais la première moitié est plus faible que la deuxième. 4.25

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4

Very bluesy. Would make great background music

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It‘s a grower on me, und ein Denkmal für Charlie Watts. Faves: Let It Loose, Rocks Off und Shine A Light.

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4

Ágætis blúsívaf. Áheyranlegasta hingað til með Stones.

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4

A bit embarrassing but I haven't heard much Rolling Stones beyond random songs here and there, but this was pretty damn good. I think you could easily rate this a 5, but in terms of enjoyment for me it's a 4. You can feel the energy on this one, I'm sure lots of these are great live.

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4

Solid Stones album. Not my favorite but very listenable.

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4

Rock n roll my friends!

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4

It's the Stones. For a double album, it flows by relatively quickly. Not sure what else can be said about this record aside from, "I enjoyed it." Favorite tracks: "Tumbling Dice", "Ventilator Blues"

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I enjoyed practically every song on this album, I just felt it was a bit too long for me. This has to be my favourite Rolling Stones album that I've heard through this time that I've been generating albums (and I've heard most of them).

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4

Loved hearing this again. The songs for the most part sound pretty loosely structured, but the grooves and chord vamps underpinning them are so good.

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4

Knew the album already, good but boring at times

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4

Well it's a GREAT album and has some of favorite Stones song, which means some of my favorite songs period. Sweet Virginia, Tumbling Dice, Happy, Rocks Off, Ventilator Blues. Having said that it doesn't hold my attention the whole way through which keeps it just shy of a full 5 star rating 4.5

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4

The music is good, but the album is too long.

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Very fun, very stones.

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4

Exile On Main St. marked a point of decline for the Rolling Stones, but it was a decline from a trilogy of albums so great that it would take a decade before the Stones would truly settle into mediocrity. There were a number of 70s albums still amazing, but nothing would come close to touching Beggars/Bleed/Sticky. I would say it's a shame, but the Stones had more great albums than most bands. The fact that only three are perfect five stars is still a great accomplishment.

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4

This might be my favorite Stones album of the ones I've heard so far, but that's not saying a whole lot. This album feels like a good houseparty, with Mick Jagger as host. It might be a bit long and meandering, but it always keeps the groove going.

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4

Great album Stones

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4

Starting to get the RS hype

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4

Not normally my kinda thing but clearly a great album, more folk/country inspired than I thought it'd be. Saved a few tracks. 4/5

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4

The Stones most coherent album. This album is widely regarded one of the greatest rock albums of all time and I agree to an extent. This album distills rock down into its necessary elements and delivers it in a soul/blues/country package. The songwriting is tight as well. I just am not seeing much experimentation here or with the Stones in general.

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4

Surprisingly liked this more than the "classic" stones sound - probably because this sounds more raw and authentic before they became icons.

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4

One of my favourite Stones albums - loose and raucous.

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4

A really good blues album that's missing anything really memorable. Songs are good but not 'next level' like some other Stones stuff

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4

7/10

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4

Liked Torn and Frayed,

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4

Not the Stones' best work, but nevertheless a great album and good example of the 60's sound.

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4

Okay, finally, listened enough of it... Not my taste, but not as bad as i thought ;) Good variety, but not a fan of the overall sound..

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4

Perhaps the Stones most consistent album across 18 tracks, so a very solid four stars. But there's no track here that would get in a Stones top tent. So four stars.

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Tykkäsin! Ei ilmeisesti ihan alkuaikojen Rollareita, kun soundi on jalostunut rokkiräminästä vähän sivistyneempään suuntaan. Hittibiisit loistivat poissaolollaan, mutta tämä oli jopa positiivinen asia. Jaggerin ääni ärsyttää paljon enemmän tällaisessa hieman rauhallisemmassa menossa kuin jatkuvassa bluesrockrevittelyissä. Nelonen.

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4

I ignored this album growing up outside of the singles (at least compared to other Stones albums). Dig it a lot Fav tracks: Sweet Virginia, Tumbling Dice,

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Aucun moment faible sur l'album. S'écoute bien du début à la fin. Pas un masterpiece non plus, aucune pièce ne ressort. Mais c'est un parfait album à écouter du début à la fin sans se tanner

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Bättre än det förra!

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Essentially, rock n roll as a double album. I dig it.

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i know this album very well, as a long time stones fan, and have also seen the great documentary movie that covers its creation. this is an iconic sones album and also kind of marks a transition of style / maturity in the stones’ very substantial journey. this one is right up there with their best and as a double album was probably quite a statement at the time.

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4

4/5 this is a nice one!

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Yup, they are still good...

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It's a very well crafted album. Lots of Rolling Stone original music that inspired other musicians.

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4

Very good

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4

Not familiar with any of these tracks before, but I'm having a good time with this album. Incomprehensible hollering and then a piano and a guitar do something wonderful. Highlights are Tumbling Dice, Torn and Frayed, and Ventilator Blues.

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I am surprised it took me this long to get a Rolling Stones album. I was not familiar with the album by name and surprisingly I was not familiar with many of the songs. After listening to the album, I cannot say that I have desire to go back and listen to it again, nor can I point to one song and say that someone should listen to this particular song.This album does not have any of the mega hits that the Stones are known for, which is fine but something to note. The album had more several country songs in addition to the blues and rock and roll songs. The second half of the album is better than the first. The album is a little long, close to 70 minutes. The album is better than some of the 3s that I have given. It should probably be a high 3, but I will round it up.

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Classic stones but not single heavy.

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Huh it's considered one of their best works, and best albums ever. Rocks-off had some nice distorted section and horns piece. Liked Sweet Virginia backing singing and sax. ZZ top feel to Ventilator Blues opening guitar and Shake Your Hips. VB is a good vibe with that buiding sax and brass. Stop Breaking Down very like Led Zeppelin! Wailing, baby, hard guitar and harmonica. Great sound.

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Stones will always be great

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Like an overused toilet brush going in for one more dunk and somehow, against all odds clearing out the bowl.

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The fourth Rolling Stones album we got so far. This one's a lot bluesier than the previous ones. It's quite good, although not amazing. It would surely be better if they'd cut some of the less exciting tracks, as the album is very long. Giving this 3.5 stars but rounding up because it's better than the previous album I listened to today and gave 3 stars.

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didn't know many of these tunes so I didn't expect much, but this is way cooler than most Rolling Stones I do know...fully bluesy cool without too much pop or cheese. 4.5 for me, but can't round up

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o que esperava de um bom álbum dos rolling stones, nada mais, nada menos. faltou algum clássico (que eu conhecesse, ao menos) e não teve nenhuma música que se sobressaiu. adorei os corais e backing vocals, dão uma pegada bem gospel e senti que o Screamadelica bebeu muito daqui.

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Love how bluesy this is.

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Yep. The Rolling Stones!

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This was a goodun, proper. Good to hear some Rolling Stones that isn't the classic bangers

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I'm not sure I've ever listened to a Rolling Stones album start to finish, so this was a good start! Firstly, I was surprise how much poo came up in this album but overall I thought it was a great listen. I drove to it which was definitely a good vibe. Sweet Virginia was my fave - I think there was a good metaphor in there about just getting on with it and wiping the shit of your shoe. Turd on the Run was a good follow-up I guess. Some of the 12 bar blues ones didn't do much for me. BUT overall this was great

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I really didn't get how going back to traditional roots and blues rock made this a top Rolling Stones album. I wasn't into this lof-fi production, specifically the vocals being so hard to hear. Exile on Main St. really clicked on the second half however, especially with the bass. I understood the more light-hearted and passionate take this was approaching. It modernizes old rock-'n'-roll tropes even if not all of it is in my wheelhouse.

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Man, this is a huge album, not just because it's just under 2 hours of 4 minute rock and roll hits, but because it's kind of rock and roll distilled. Not a huge amount of Stones hits but an album of immeasurable quality.

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I enjoyed this album. This definitely was a more blues centric album which explored some exciting themes. Is it my favorite album on this list? No, but I think it is a contender.

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Cool as

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Love this album by the stones. I’d call it their magnum opus. It’s pretty long but none of the songs really drag on. The lyrics are a bit stronger and more unique than their bluesy other albums. I could listen to this album all the time. 8.4/10

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Will listen to later.

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This was a fairly difficult album to rate. Absolutely enjoyed listening to it and there were no duds on the entire, nearly two hour long, album. That's impressive. But nothing really stood out either. I didn't "fave" any individual songs, but did "fave" the entire album so maybe that explains how I feel about it better than I can express. I'm going to assume that was intended so even though it's probably a 3.5 star album for me, I'll give it the benefit of doubt and push it up half a star.

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