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What is your favorite album side of Exile on Main Street?

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Initial post: Apr 14, 2012 10:42:00 AM PDT
slats el says:
Had to hop on the bandwagon here. To me, this is the greatest double album of all time, or it's at the very least tied with the White Album. If the White Album and Physical Graffiti are being considered, this one should be as well.

Chopping Exile into sides kind of kills it, on reflection - it should be taken in as one whole, gritty, sleazy smorgasbord.

The Sides:

Side one: "Rocks Off," "Rip This Joint," "Shake Your Hips," "Casino Boogie," "Tumbling Dice"
Side two: "Sweet Virginia," "Torn and Frayed," "Sweet Black Angel," "Loving Cup"
Side three: "Happy," "Turd on the Run," "Ventilator Blues," "I Just Want to See His Face," "Let It Loose:
Side four: "All Down the Line," "Stop Breaking Down," "Shine a Light," "Soul Survivor"

This album is stuffed with resonant masterpiece tracks, but its #1 standout is definitely "Tumbling Dice," and "Rocks Off" basically, in musical terms, gave The New York Dolls a career (and thus in turn influenced the Pistols - listen to "Rocks Off" and then "Holidays in the Sun"). The other three tracks, especially "Rip This Joint," are solid enough, so I would give the nod to side one. I think the other three sides are pretty neck-and-neck, with "Shine a Light," "Let It Loose," "Soul Survivor," and "Loving Cup" being the standout masterpiece gems.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 1:50:56 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
Greatest double album of all time is Blonde on Blonde, or maybe Nighthawks at the Diner, but that's beside the point...

Exile is not my favorite Stones album, but throw out "Casino Boogie" and side one is pretty close to perfect

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 1:55:14 PM PDT
Side Four is my favorite. Cap, you forgot that Chicago Transit Authority is the greatest double album.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 1:56:25 PM PDT
slats el says:
Cap'n, to me, the only Stones album that can come close to Exile is Beggars Banquet. Let It Bleed has some weaker tunes on side one, and Sticky Fingers is a tad too slick overall. Those are quibbles, obviously, about toweringly great albums, but to me Beggars and Exile clearly stand out above those other two albums, and the rest of the Stones' catalog, while filled with fantastic material, is quite a ways behind. Beggars and Exile are both gems of feel and atmosphere, especially Beggars, while Exile reaches a level of artistic puissance and resonance greater than all of the rest of their catalog.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 6:34:40 PM PDT
For me, it would have to be the same as Physical Graffiti - side one. A great album though!

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 7:03:03 PM PDT
Side 4.

And London Calling the greatest double album. Because I say so. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 7:51:36 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:

RE: London Calling the greatest double album

Better than Exile or the White Album? Probably not, but that's debatable

More important than either?
Absolutlely! No question in my mind

Now war is declared, and battle come down!

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 2:15:12 AM PDT
"London Calling" more important than The White Album or "Exile"? Dream on, punk rockers. It's a great album, and has had plenty of lasting influence over the years, but not more than either of The Beatles' or The Rolling Stones' opuses.

But *everybody* knows the greatest double album of all time is "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac. It probably doesn't have a quarter of the "importance" of any of the three above albums, and I couldn't give a rats azz, either. It's brilliant.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 4:01:18 AM PDT
Alt9999 says:
I'll go with side one. I actually like Casino Boogie

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 11:04:28 AM PDT
This is the Greatest double album of all time to me, and so it is much harder to pick than the others mentioned. But I will go with Side 1.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 11:11:08 AM PDT
All are good but being a softie, I will go with side 2.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 12:23:16 PM PDT
Wow, tough one..Perhaps my favorite record of all time..BUT..

I gotta go with Side 2..

It's brilliant!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 3:55:33 PM PDT
Lew Archer says:

"Chopping Exile into sides kind of kills it...".

It's like that with all the great ones.

If I HAD to pick one, I guess I'd go with Side One (sorry, Side Four).

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 6:43:35 AM PDT
Side 2, easily - all Stones classics

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 7:10:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2012 7:11:15 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
EXILE is by far the greatest record ever made!

I always listen to it and play the whole thing.
In fact I played it 3 times this weekend driving around. (Cha-ching at the gas pump for me!)
I had a cassette of it in my car for over 2 years and hardly played ANYTHING else during that time.

So as far as I'm concerned it only has ONE SIDE!
That my answer and I'm sticking to it!

Three other records also get full plays everytime:
The Lamb
Why skip any of the tunes on those masterpieces.
And by the way...those are my four favorite records.

Side note:
My 25 year old nephew always requests copies of CD's from me.
He wanted EXILE a year ago.
I told him, "You're not ready yet."
When I go see him next month I'm finally taking him a copy along with Physical.
He will like Physical I'm sure of that.
But I still doubt he's ready for EXILE!!!

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 7:36:51 AM PDT
slats el says:
VZ, great post and picks (your four favorite albums).

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 8:20:25 AM PDT
Music Lover says:
as Viva said I too often like to play all these great double records in a row but I also am an incessant maker of mixes of my Ipod so Side 4 is my favorite just barely beating out Side 1(only because of Casino Boogie).

my favorite studio Doubles ever are:
1. Physical Graffiti
2. The Lamb
3. Exile
4. Chicago Transit Authority
5. The White Album
6. The Wall
7. Chicago II
8. And Justice For All
9. Electric Ladyland
10. Quadraphenia

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 10:45:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2012 10:50:04 AM PDT
'Exile' is a masterpiece of feeling, late-night blues, rocking soul and grit. It sums up the Stones' roots as well as 'Quadrophenia' sums up the mod culture that played such a large part in the Who's history.

I will go with side two, because it showcases just how brilliant the Stones became at acoustic numbers with a country feel. "Sweet Virginia", "Torn and Frayed", "Sweet Black Angel" and (especially) "Loving Cup"...four classics, beyond a doubt.

But it is one of those albums that should preferably be digested as a whole, like most of the greatest rock albums.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 11:02:53 AM PDT
ulijon says:
Side two for me, anyone else remember Phish playing the whole album in 2009 for Halloween? They did an excellent job on this masterpiece

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 11:08:45 AM PDT

Yes indeed ! I have the download, and Phish did a fabulous job. They still feature "Loving Cup" as a regular part of their set, with keyboardist Page McConnell doing the lead vocals par excellence.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 12:40:25 PM PDT
I like the hard side. 4.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 3:13:17 PM PDT
It's between Sides 1 and 2, depending on taste.

Exile's strength is that it's a true album, a collection of songs that belongs together.....and I mean it in a relative sense since the Stones had other very cohesive albums. There are few superstars as there are on other albums, but the fit here is better than on any Stones album. The flavor is more consistent here.

And that flavor is a strong Southern flavor, very rootsy. It's a little deeper on Side 2 than 1, but Side 1 is a great lead-in to the album, with Rocks Off a great starter. The songs on both sides segue very well, but I'd go with Side 1.....barely.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 6:53:58 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
The Stones later albums, Voodoo Lounge, Bridges to Babylon and Bigger Bang are all double vinyl sets with 4 sides.

Exile was never a favorite of mine, what can I say.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 12:28:46 AM PDT
@Dee Zee: "Exile" isn't my favorite either, but it's light-years beyond any of those later ones. I haven't been able to decide which side is my favorite, because for me there's one or two filler cuts that mar every side. But side four is probably the one I'd pick.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 1:48:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 17, 2012 1:49:09 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
I disagree my friend. Voodoo Lounge is a good record IMHO.
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