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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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3.61

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6029

Genres

  • Rock
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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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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Sun May 09 2021
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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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

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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Fri Aug 13 2021
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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Fri Sep 24 2021
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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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

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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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

Exile On Fart Street lol

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Mon Oct 04 2021
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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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
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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Tue Sep 07 2021
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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Tue Sep 07 2021
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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Tue Sep 14 2021
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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Wed Oct 06 2021
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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Sun Oct 10 2021
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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Fri Dec 10 2021
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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Sun Jan 23 2022
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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Fri Aug 26 2022
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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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

I think it's difficult to realize just how amazing it is for any band to sound this good and play this well together. Every single part of the instrumentation sounds magnificent - both in isolation and in the interaction with the rest. The runtime is daunting, but Exile On Main Street is packed to the brim with top-notch tracks: 'Tumbling Dice', 'Let It Loose' and 'Shine a Light' just to mention a few. "I know I play a bad guitar" Jagger confesses on 'Living Cup', but luckily Keith Richard sure doesn't play a bad guitar on this record - perhaps the greatest collection of rock and roll tracks ever.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

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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Thu Oct 08 2020
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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Sat Feb 27 2021
3

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

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

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Mon Mar 29 2021
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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Mon Mar 29 2021
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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Mon May 10 2021
5

One of my favorites Stones LPs

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

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

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Definitely one of their good album

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Perfect album. Nothing to complain about at all.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

So much fun

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Perfect alvum

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Stones are always a hit

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

un grande entre los grandes

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Mon Mar 15 2021
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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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

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

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Tue Jun 01 2021
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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Tue May 11 2021
5

Obvious banger no? Rolling stones BEEN having it

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

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

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Fri Jul 30 2021
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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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

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

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Mon Aug 30 2021
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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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

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

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

10/10

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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Sat Oct 02 2021
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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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

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

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Wed Nov 17 2021
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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Mon Dec 06 2021
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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Tue Jan 04 2022
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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Sun Jan 09 2022
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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Sun Jan 09 2022
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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Mon Jan 10 2022
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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Tue Jan 18 2022
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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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Awesome

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

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

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Great chilled rock n roll!

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Nostálgico. Gostei das melodias de jazz e blues

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Great album. Classic,

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Fri Feb 18 2022
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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Sun Mar 06 2022
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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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

Rolando as preda

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Wed Apr 06 2022
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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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Loved it.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

It’s the stones

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

One of my favorites ever

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

I Are Bort is not going to enjoy this.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

The best.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

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

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Mon Apr 25 2022
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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Tue May 10 2022
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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Wed May 11 2022
5

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

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Tue May 31 2022
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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Tue Jun 21 2022
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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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Can this be given 6 x stars?

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Very good throughout

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Mon Jul 18 2022
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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Mon Jul 18 2022
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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Tue Jul 19 2022
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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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

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

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

One of my favorite albums

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Fri Aug 12 2022
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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Fri Aug 12 2022
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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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Love it, it’s so vibey

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Really enjoyed this.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Pretty good. Jaunty.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

sempre um prazer curtir rolling stones

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Muddy. Dig it.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

This might be in my top 10 favorite albums of all time. Absolute fucking heat from start to finish.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

THE Rolling Stones album!

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Extremely consistent rock record filled with typical Stones' blues-country-ish infusion. I will admit I am a fan of this sound and this album gives you over one hour of it and Mick's vocals don't even get annoying despite this length. Throughout listening to this came a few moments where I thought "yes, this is all very good, but right now it just starts to melt together and lacks some variety and a proper distinct hit" and then the strong distinct hit came along as the very next song. I just keep wondering if I should even get to the point of wonder, even when satisfaction came in the end each time. Wonder if this wound function better as shorted album. 4 stars seems low because it is a masterpiece, 5 stars seems a bit high because it is not flawless. But 5 it is.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Probably my 3rd or 4th favorite Stones album but a 5 nonetheless. A love letter to their influences, Exile gives us great blues, country, spill, and old fashioned rock and roll songs but it’s still the Stones and these guys are not messing around. My personal favorites are Shine A Light, Tumbling Dice, All down the Line and Sweet Virginia.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

My favorite RS album. It covers the full range of their music -- raunchy, rockin', rough, rude, bluesy and soulful. A few great covers tossed in with Mick/Keith classics. Maybe a filler or two, but who cares. The rest of it is so good it makes up for it. An essential album to own! Easy 5.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Some albums require more than five stars. Yes, the muddy mix is not for everyone, but this is great music by a great band at the end of a magnificent run.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

This might be one of the first times that I'm really "Listening" to Exile, which I know sounds crazy when you know the rest of the stuff I love (which includes most Rolling Stones material from about The Last Time through literally right up to this album, and listening to Exile in Guyville a hundred times or so, since I bought that and OK Computer at the same Capital Records bargin sticker special display at the Woodfield Mall Sam Goody...in 2003 or so and I might have already have bought Hail to The Thief), or at least really sat down with it. I've obviously cherry picked the hits from it before. I think those are all still the highlights, but the runs on the full b-sides of each LP are so in line with the stuff I love that I picked up some new favorites like Sweet Virginia, Torn and Frayed, and a new appreciation for All Down The Line (where I hadn't picked up the Be My Baby vocal riff towards the end beofre) that all have that cosmic country vibe that I keep trying to lock in on the definition of (which usually does come back to "trying to sound like the bands Gram Parsons played with or the groups he wanted to be." The whole thing flows so good. I don't think I appreciated that until listening to it on this Vinyl Fetish app I found the other day that gives you a visual (and side based) vinyl experience. I've never really cared that much about vinyl and I'm not going to start buying real records for myself probably ever, but it is a fun little way to listen to high res streaming classics the way they were originally. Side 3, other than a real outlier in Happy, is just the heaviest feeling Stones stuff (or maybe junk), there is a weight to the sound that they're dragging around. It's a party that should have already ended, but the remaining members still think they're having a good time. Even the gospel songs that start still sound haunted. Stop Breaking Down is a little too white boy blues band for me, but the rest is so good, that it is easy to forgive, especially with the two resilient concluding songs. Giving this a good listen tonight makes me want to do a track by track comparison with Exile in Guyville.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Holy hell is this amazing. I thought Sticky Fingers was THE Stones album, but...I think it's this one now. The band's recklessness and powerful sound is on full display. Some of Mick's best vocals are on here, and Happy is a stunner for Richards. This album merges all the Stones' influences into one perfect album, blues, rock, horns! This is a fun one!

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Oh, I needed this one today. This is truly one of the greats. This is the album I probably would present to anyone who asked me what the big deal is about the Rolling Stones. I go back and forth whether Exile is the Stones' greatest album, or if Let It Bleed is. Let It Bleed has the advantage in that it's a shorter and tighter album with more standout tracks. Exile is more of a vibe, but what a vibe it is. And the album doesn't suffer from the self-indulgence that tends to plague double albums. This is the Stones in top fighting form, lean and mean as they ever were. The songs are earthy, laid back, bluesy and engaging. The energetic boogie of songs like "Rocks Off" and "Rip This Joint" draws you in, but it's easygoing, soulful fare like "Tumbling Dice" and "Sweet Virginia" that give this album its depth. The quality from individual song to song can be a little uneven, but on this whole this is a masterpiece. Fave songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Tumbling Dice, Shine a Light, Rip This Joint, Sweet Virginia, Torn and Frayed, Let It Loose, Happy, Loving Cup, Rocks Off, Shake Your Hips, Turd on the Run, Ventilator Blues, Stop Breaking Down, Casino Boogie, All Down the Line, Soul Survivor, Sweet Black Angel, I Just Want to See His Face

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Haven’t finished the album yet, but so far I’m enjoying it very much! Hopefully can edit this after I’ve listened to the whole thing

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