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Exile On Main Street

The Rolling Stones

1972

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Exile On Main Street

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3.59

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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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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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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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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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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

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 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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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

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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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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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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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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Exile On Fart Street lol

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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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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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4

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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4

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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Pretty enjoyable but entirely too long

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

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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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Can’t go wrong with a stone’s album

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

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

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

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

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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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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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solid stones album

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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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Bluesy.

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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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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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Ágætis blúsívaf. Áheyranlegasta hingað til með Stones.

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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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Solid Stones album. Not my favorite but very listenable.

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Rock n roll my friends!

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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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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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Knew the album already, good but boring at times

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

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Very fun, very stones.

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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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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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Great album Stones

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Starting to get the RS hype

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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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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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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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One of my favourite Stones albums - loose and raucous.

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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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7/10

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Liked Torn and Frayed,

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

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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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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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4/5 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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Very good

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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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I've never cared about the rolling stones. I don't know why so many "rock guys" think they're the beginning of music as we know it. Like Keith Richards is the first guitarist that mattered. I don't care how immortal he supposedly is. It just sounds like bluesy rock. I guess they get a pass for being less annoying than the Beatles. A couple of the songs have cool solos, too. 3/5.

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1972. Key Songs: Rocks Off, Shake Your Hips

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Nastaa rockia jota on helppo kunnella.

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3.5 good album, easy listening, stereotypical classic rock sound. Was listening to while doing some kitchen chores nothing grab my attention

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Better than expected. Bit in your face sounding record and songs simplistic in concept and meaning.

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Pretty standard rock - nothing groundbreaking

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I haven't listened to Rolling Stones much before. I always they were more hard rock. Approaching metal. But to me they sound closer to country. I thought that was fun.

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Decent LP but no standout tracks really

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Prefer the Stones, it turns out. This seems like a fun jukebox album and would've been cool to see live.

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ihan ok, samanlaista rollaria kuin muutkin. tykkään, mutta ei jää mieleen.

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Fikk ikke hørt gjennom hele, men mye var veldig kult. Masse forskjellige instrumenter, kule melodier, og bra spilling. Må nok høre gjennom hele en gang i fremtiden

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Quite easy to listen to. Music is great, not the biggest fan of Jagger's voice. I enjoy the country vibes.

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Too much identical rhythm'n'blues-y rock tracks, still a good vibe

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Not really into Stones but this was alright

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This project is showing to me that I like Rolling Stones much more than I tough before these first 120 albums listened from the list. However, this is the third Rolling Stones selected in my list and I think that is the worst (the other two were awesome and this one is just good). I liked much more of this album because of the Wikipedia link. The history of this album and its production gave me another perspective of it, even wich the songs nothing touching me in any way. It worth it, but this is not the Rolling Stones album that I'll listen to in the near future.

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So effing long

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"Wham, Bham, Birmingham" (Rip this joint) Escuchando este disco y pensando alternativamente en los "NO" y "Yes" y "NO FUNNY" de John Mulaney imitando a Mick Jagger.

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Kept skipping to next song some.good some ok

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Better on second listen, but didn't keep me interested through middle of the album

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Some really great tunes, would make a better single album.

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It was fine, not much else to say. Wouldn't search it out to listen again.

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Understand why it's on the list. Didn't bother me to listen to but it didn't grab my attention even though it had more than an hour to do so. (Maybe one or two songs got some attention.) Would not listen to again.

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Very bluesy, but also a little too long. Liked a couple of songs, but nothing like Gimme Shelter. 3 feels fair Saved: Tumbling Dice, Sweet Virginia

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The grandfathers of nearly all rock music that anyone’s listened to since. Almost all musical styles are credited back to the band or artist who were the first to refine them. The Rolling Stones have certainly refined blues rock n roll on this album. Mick Jaggers voice is filled with as much swagger as ever and matches perfectly to the the electric bends & slides performed by Keith & Ronnie throughout these tracks. This album can be played in almost any setting and be guaranteed not to conjure up one single complaint....take my word for it. 3 Stars!

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The definition of bluesy rock, descent album just not to my taste 3/5

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Good group to listen to

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Cool Blues and rock, but ramshackle and rough. I realise this is controversial, but I was disappointed after Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers.

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Solid Stones album. Not a lot of recognizable tracks for a non-fan, but I really liked this one. I expected not to. It is pretty darn long - didn't plan for that and it kinda turned into background music at some point.

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падет

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Сперва кажется вот этим дженерик ролинстоунсовским блюз-рок-н-ролом, но всё же не так всё плохо. Ухо цепляет треки порой, Let It Loose, Shine a Light, Following the River. Да дженерик масса сама по себе не душная. Не хотелось дождаться окончания альбома и скипнуть, пару раз честно прогналось. Так что 5/10 наберётся.

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Gode rockevibes, og passer nok bra i bakgrunnen i ny og ne. Men sangene går ganske ihverandre, ingen store hits som skiller seg ut

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Kult album. Fint med litt gammeldags rock.

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Dakle, mislim da je do ovog albuma što sam slušao Stonese. Jednostavno mi se svidjela ta blues rock priča i na tome sam ostao. 4 albuma kojima se najviše vraćam su Let it Bleed, Baggers Banquet, Sticky Fingers i ovaj (ali najmanje od ovih). Dakle 4 jako jako dobra albuma u rasponu od samo 5 godina. Definitivno su po meni tu bili na vrhu. Kod ovog albuma mi se sviđa jer je više raskošniji od ostalih što sam naveo, podugačak je što je možda i mana tu, ali svakako album ostaje zanimljiv sa odličnim pjesmama kao što su: Tumbling Rice, Sweet Virginia, Soul Survivor itd.

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Nicht die ganz großen Hits !

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Good ol' rock. Liked Turd On The Run in particular. Didn't find it extraordinary, decent music nonetheless.

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not horrible but not great

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Tail end of the album was the most enjoyable. Fun album but no replay value for me.

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A fine Stones album. But that's all it is. Nothing groundbreaking.

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Somewhat weak

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Good album, not sure I get the uber hype for it though.

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Haven’t ever listened to a full Rolling Stones and was surprised at the different styles of music on it.

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Raw, fun. Good driving album

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cool but not my style

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Un poco peñazo pero con algún rock blues bueno, la voz de jagger es brutal como siempre

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Still don't get the hype. So much of this album felt like dull rock 'n' roll that I've already forgotten and am unlikely to go back to. It's well executed, and there's some better moments on it - I really liked Let it Loose and Shine a Light - but for the best part, I just don't care

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Eh, it was alright. We feel like we've heard this kind of bluesy rock a lot, and maybe we're too young to really get what makes this album interesting.

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Raucous honky tonk rock n roll. But a double album was a bit too much for me. The songs seemed to run together with a very similar sound. Shake your hips and Sweet Virginia were the exceptions and the ones I liked best. I’ve always thought that I respect the Stones but I just don’t love them and this still holds true.

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was really looking forward to this but its...a bit hot n miss. doesn't get good till tumblin dice and is patchy. 3

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Good music. Very 70s/80s. Most of the music sounds the same but good album overall

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This was certainly a Rolling Stones album. Incredible to think all the members are 112 years old and still touring

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ну я ваще не фанат вот этого рокешника 70ых, всяких олдов роллингов, диперплов и прочее. Хотя и не против. Послушал альбом, всё залпом не одолел, но потом дослушал

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Some good songs, but all sound very much the same in the end. Nothing I'd listen to again or save to any playlists.

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Interesting mix of genres. Very laidback...very classic rock n roll.

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Good songs, really shows the blues band they were. Still not totally amazing

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I can honestly say I've never actively listened to the rolling stones before. A couple of songs in I'd made my mind up that it just wasn't grabbing me but it did throw delicious surprises out. Lighter and more fun than I'd expected. It made for nice listening if a little samey on a first listen. The vocal tracks didn't grab me enough to make a lasting impression but I enjoyed it well enough.

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I couldn't say why but I've never been very fond of the Stones albums, maybe because my parents had only compilations or maybe because I wanted to be a Sgt. Pepper over there somewhere lol... I don't think I've ever listened to this one in full before, and not all the songs I'm familiar with. I can recognize the effort and quality but I got tired after a while. This is the first Stones album I've got from the list so lets hope it only gets better

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This album was fine. I have a general indifference to the Rolling Stones and this record did nothing to move the needle in either direction. Like several of the albums we have listened to from decades past, there is a feel that it was ground breaking at the time, but the edge diminished with time. Machismo and drugs are standard fare and a bit played out today. The various musical styles do keep it interesting, though. What I liked most about this album is hearing what later artists took liberally from. I hear horns The Hold Steady used and a lot of Adam Green's sound is basically these tracks with a bit more pop sensibility. Hands down the most rewarding aspect of this listen was comparing it to the track for track response album that Liz Phair put out, Exile in Guyville. Hopefully that album, with much more soul and something to say, will pop up on this list.

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Not my favourite Stones album (that would be Let It Bleed) but still bloody good. Iconic cover too.

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It’s got it going on, but it’s definitely not my favorite Stone’s album.

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Double album of Rolling Stones. I like two songs: "Tumbling Dice" and "Happy".

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I think this album has been built up in my head and I was expecting more from it. A couple songs that knock me out, but by in large I didn't find the album that enjoyable.

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I have a confession. I don't think I am that much of a Stones fan.

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2010 remaster

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Classic rock. You know what you're getting. Nothing out of the ordinary. Neutral experience either way.

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Really fun listen but some of the songs overstay their welcome.

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Very good! Not the best ive heard from them, though.

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Stevie Ray Vaughn slash Grateful Dead? Interesting

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It felt a bit chaotic, there were too many ideas being jammed into this album. The Stones are always enjoyable though. Solid pick for a Saturday.

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Nice, but too much of the same

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Gave it two listens and it didn't really grab me - there are definitely Rolling Stones albums I like more. To their credit(?), they decided that if they were gonna appropriate black American music, by golly they weren't gonna half arse it - the number of genres they're ripping off an incorporating is impressive. Fave track - "Happy", maybe, or the execrably named "Turd on the Run"

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Well, it's sure miles better than the execrable Exile in Guyville... (i'm still reeling from that one, weeks later). This is making me give Exile a deep dive for the first time in years and ... it's still just ok? That's it for me - it's only ever ok at best. I recognize that this comes in many peoples' top 10 albums of all time ... I mean, damning with faint praise here in that there's nothing in its (VERY) long running time that made me want to skip but on the other hand it's also like an hour+ of blues riffs often with 3 or 2 chords...or 1... and just meandering. Like someone would start a simple riff, they'd all jam on it, and forget that they were supposed to write a song. Print it - next. Also it really does sound like they recorded a lot of it in a living room - which I think they did. Which I suppose none of these are really hard critiques - I could see really liking (loving?) this if you're a fan of "vibey" albums and this is definitely one - is that what the attraction has been for it over the years? That they were on the run/lam in France, super smacked out, and "let's just let the tapes roll" ....? It's a fun story maybe but for me if you're defending an album's greatness based on the background of it coming together over the actual content it's not much of a defence. I don't want to continually rip this (joint?) album by pointing out things I don't like (I probably started with the negatives because so much has been written about it over the years) as there are definitely positives here - for example, when "Tumbling Dice" finally comes on 5 songs in it's fantastic, but maybe more of a relief - it feels like this should be the launching point for more of what was the best of the Stones. Turns out that it's not, but it is still nice to hear a good song. Other standouts for me are "Loving Cup" (which is probably my favourite song on the album) and "Happy" is a fine single. Also I suspect a lot of this comes down to whether you gravitate more towards blues in rock as opposed to more classical/jazz influence, which I generally do not. Sure, I like a lot of Stones songs - e.g. Gimme Shelter is definitely one of my fave popular/classic rock songs ever (less influence from a blues scale on that one, hmm.) - but I think they're generally not my thing. Summary: this album is bloated and often suffers from a lack of cohesive songwriting/songs. Cut this down to ~7 songs (are there 7 actual/good songs here?) and we might have had the start of something at least. 5/10 3 stars

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the rolling stones are considered some of the best in history but that wasn’t made evident in this album, sorry not sorry. jk sorry. but it just wasn’t anything shocking or even necessarily good? obviously it wasn’t awful and i didn’t hate it but i just didn’t vibe with it

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I know it's a critically acclaimed album, but it doesn't really work for me.

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I want the rolling stones dead and so does kev apparently

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Helst til bensínlaust

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More country than I thought it would be. Just a bit meh

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2 hours of very samey stuff

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3 from me

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Bunch of old men, slappin some strings

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I mean… it’s a classic Stones album with their signature sound.

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It was good but not very memorable. One recognized song

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It's Rolling Stones. I liked Loving Cup and Ventilation Blues. There was nothing I particularly disliked.

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I never had listening this album before. It's fun! I'll add on my playlists.

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A definitive Rolling Stones album. Went for the remaster rather than the delux version, which was far too long imo. Remaster sounds tight, and captures the era.

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A decent Stones album, but few of the familiar tunes. More of a deep cuts album.

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Ihan ok, mutta ei mielestäni mitään rollareiden parhaimmistoa.

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An embodiment of 70s rock.

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Much better than Aftermath or Let It Bleed, but 3 is about my ceiling for the rolling stones. 2.5 if I could

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the first half of the album was much better for me, probably the fact that album is so long doesn't help as well. I enjoyed it anyways, there is some cool songs, great rocking, but that was either too much or too little

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Probably my least favorite of the Stones albums during their “boom period” with Sticky Fingers, Beggar’s Banquet and Let it Bleed. That’s not to say it isn’t a good album, it’s just kind of a big let down (in my eyes) from the previous albums which were insanely good. This is a good one to toss on some headphones and get lost in English Blues/Rock for a little

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I don’t think I’d previously heard any of these, even though I knew the album title. Nothing here to sway me to being a stones fan.

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I had a difficult time rating this one. Honestly, this was a solid offering and I was aware that the music was "good" enough, but I simply couldn't enjoy it for some reason.

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Rock moment

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Good stuff. Not right in my wheelhouse but very listenable.

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main street, mainstream, amirite?

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Why is it always jam today?

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Yeah it was pretty good I guess. Most of the tracks are repetitive but there's a few that really stand out, even though I'm normally not a huge fan of the Stones.

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Was expecting to enjoy this more than I did. Scrapes a 3/5 really. It's too long, and a bit too bland, not an unpleasant sound but not particularly striking. Very bluesy and not as energetic as I'd hoped for.

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The Stones are weird because they've been around for about 300 years but I don't feel I know them at all. I don't think this particular album best represents what I think is their general appeal but it is very good, full of soul and feel.

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Yeah, this grooves along and flows really well, especially for a 50-year-old double album

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Psst. Hey you. Yeah you. C’mere. No, closer. There we go, just a little closer… Nope, even closer… I don’t get what the big deal is with The Rolling Stones beyond their longevity. They’re fine.

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I don’t really know where any one song started and another began. This album blended so well without droning. Nothing stood out—bad or great. All of it was good. I didn’t get to full-concentration listen but I did get to enjoy. I enjoyed this as a rock-and-kick-ass-at-work album.

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I didn't know a Stones album could be this boring. Seemed more like imitations of late 50s and early 60s rock, and not the bold attempts at pushing the genre of blues rock that makes up the Stones' best stuff.

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Not their best album.

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Early Stones. Seems almost 'simple' in comparison to later stuff... A few less layers. Liked it...kind of clean

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Exile obviously has more space to grow on me than the other mediocre Stones albums: My baseline respect for it is based largely on the chops and variety on display. The latter prevents the album from feeling like a slog, but the high points fail to move me, and there's too much pastiche (my only explicit objection, leaving Jagger's vocals and lyrics to future appraisal).

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I don't know... this is controversial but I did not love this album. Nothing stood out to me and it's just very long. This is nice background music for me but it completely fades into the background even when listening cycling (I've given it three tries now) and cycling is my best music listening time so... Can't say I love it but it's okay.

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I know this is sacrilegious, but man, this album doesn't do it for me at all. I am just not a big Stone's fan...

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Honky Tonk Beatles strikes again

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Tumbling Dice and Ventilator Blues are the standout tracks here. Most other tracks are promising but ultimately fall flat, and its clear that ZZ Top took inspration from Shake Your Hips and All Down the Line to create Lagrange and Move Me On Down The Line for their Tres Hombres album in '73. Exile sounds exactly like what it is: a hodgepodge of half-fleshed songs, recorded in three different places in three different periods of heavy drug use, arranged in an aimless sequence. 2/5: niether terrible or remarkable

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It's an okay album.

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I get why people like the Stones, but the vast majority of this album just runs together and the lyrics are challenging to hear. It seems like the mix is too equal and it just isn't working for me. Stand-Outs: Happy,

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2.75

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Es ist nachgerade langweilig, nur mäßig begabten Engländern dabei zuzuhören, wie sie sich auf ihre Weise daran versuchen, den Blues herunterzugniedeln. Alles schon mehrmals gehört, auch und gerade von ihnen.

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album cover is cool

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This was long and I didn’t enjoy most of it.

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Bored of these Rolling Stones albums already.

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Kind of disappointing album. Lots of blues across many songs but seems generic rock across the album. 4/10.

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Psé. Un poco blues

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Ok, a bit bland.

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All a bit dull really. Inoffensive but also boring

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ой да ну нахуй, я в рот ебал это переслушивать даже. супер раздражающая хуйня, ни одной интересной песни, хуярят и хуярят свой кантри роцк. как нахуй можно двойной альбом насобирать из одинаково парашных песен? в пизду короче этих роллинг стоунов, приношу свои извинения битлам, их слушать намного менее мерзко. ви ол лив ин э йеллоу субмарин, 4/10

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Mye kul rock her! Ga det et par sjanser, men følte det var lite variasjon i forhold til hvor langt det var. Tror dette må være et av de mindre kreative albumene fra Rolling Stones.

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Not bad. Kinda generic sounding.

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Not good, no good tracks

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honky tonk more like honky trash shut the fuck up

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It's fine. Good Stones album. 2/5.

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Fine, nothing special.

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That sure was a rolling stones album, I only just listened to it and I can't remember a single track, but it was fine while it was on.

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I am utterly puzzled by universal critical acclaim this album receives. It has its moments - I particularly liked the Country rock of Torned and Frayed -but it feels interminably dull for the most part. So much Stones by numbers, very proficient, but lacking in tunes. The Stones are far better than this.

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Exile on Main Street hört sich an wie ein 3 Tage wach Imperativ auf der Bourbon Street. Da muss alles durch, was in Kopf und Leber hindurch und Verstärker und Luftröhren hinaus passt. Leider sind dadurch die meisten Songs abgesehen von ihrer Energie recht mau und in der Fülle sogar nervtötend. In etwa so, als wäre man der ‘designated driver‘ eines Junggesellen Abschieds. Uff 1.6

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I don't like Rolling Stones

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Not bad, but very repetitive.

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General notes: Blues inspired album, nothing too remarkable but competent. The bass does not have a full sound, very thing and lifeless. Lot's of second and third voices on top of Mick's. Good guitar work. Song by song **Rocks Off:** Starts the album OK with lots of honky tonk and horns. A fun, festive tone. Nothing too memorable at first listen though. **Rip this Joint:** Classic fast rock'n'roll. **Shake your hips:** Interesting ambience, reminds me of Chris Isaak. harmonica, the blues. **Casino Boogie:** It's a.... boogie. Nothing special. **Tumbling Dice:** One of the most recognizable Stones song for a reason. Great riffing, chorus, all the Stone ingredients are here. **Sweet Virginia:** Slow folksy blues, reminds me of León Gieco. Overall a solid song. **Torn And Frayed:** Mid tempo song, slide guitar, organ. Nothing too special, but the Black Crowes borrowed heavily from this vibe. **Sweet Black Angel:** Acoustic song, no drums. Kind of boring and generic. STOPPED LISTENING HERE.

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Not my cup of tea

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12/16/2021 Today's Album: "Exile on Main Street" by The Rolling Stones - This might be a very unpopular opinion, but I think The Rolling Stones are incredibly overrated. I understand completely why they are important to the time they were popular in and they have one of the greatest influences over classic rock, but I really think they are emblematic of all of the clichés I really don't like about classic rock. Every song they make sounds like the most generic rock and as if it is applying to the lowest common denominator. There is legitimately great musicianship and performances in this album, but the composition of most of the songs just feels so stale unless if it's one of the songs that sounds like it is trying to be a hit. There are plenty of Rolling Stones songs that I like, but I feel like they are a band whose albums are very difficult to listen to as a wholistic experience. That being said, there are some moments on this record that really shine. Sweet Virginia strips things back with a very simple tune and sorta sounds like a Bob Dylan track. Turd On The Run oddly enough has an energy to it that almost no other track on this album seems to have and woke me up a little bit. Other than that it is really hard to latch onto these tracks. They are all lovely to listen to and the production isn't half bad, but they just sound very samey. It's a lot like the early stuff the Beatles were doing in the 1950s and early 60s. Score: 4/10 Just kinda boring to me Highlights: Sweet Virginia, Turd On the Run

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Bored

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I'm sure this was groundbreaking at the time but now it just feels tired and pretty samey. I'm not a big fan of these "old-rockers" and that's how this sounds to me even though they probably recorded it very young!

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It was alright

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Escaping from taxes, consuming drugs and copying some blues

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Did not grab me. There are a few good songs but most just fade into background noise.

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In the everlasting question of "Beatles or Stones?" I'm firmly in the Beatles corner. This album contains some competently played Blues and Rock'n'Roll with some Country and Folk thrown in. However, it's just not my thing. I enjoy the occasional Stones song, but none of these invites me to listen again (or to the end of the song, for that matter). 2/5

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Why is this album so highly rated? A bunch of boring songs sung by a man with a lousy voice.

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I wish I liked the stones more, to me it's just more of the same.

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To my mind, incredibly overrated. A meandering, forgettable mess of distinctly average blues rock.

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dull

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Everyone seems to love this one, but with the exception of a couple of songs to me it’s just a big pile of meandering shit, like The Band’s Last Waltz or something.

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No me atrapó

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Some okay rock and roll. Gets repetitive after a while

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tuurd on the run, tuurd on the ruuuun. wait, what, its not macca? once you've heard the rolling stones do their r'n'b thing for about 5 songs you're not going to hear anything new in the next 45 songs, or however many are on this album. fairly tedious.

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Would have been a 3 if it had wasted 45 minutes of my time instead of an hour and 45.

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**

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I've never been a particular fan of the Stones - they're far more of a singles band to me. I'm also not a particular fan of double albums - it's very rare that they don't overstay their welcome. As such, you can probably figure out how I feel about a Stones double album.

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shite

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just kind of dumb bland rock music better rolling stones songs/albums

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Awful. I hate most music like that and yogis is at its worst. Indulgent, sexist and racist. No thanks.

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This was hot garbage. Particularly Sweet Black Angel. YUCK!

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Well this album is no good. There are some decent elements: the tremolo effect on jaggers voice and the horn parts. I think I might like some of the songs at the very end of the album but there was so much boring before it that this album is an easy pass.

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