Exile On Main Street Remastered
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Audio DVD, Import, October 30, 2013
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2010 reissue of the classic Stones album housed in a super-jewel case (to complete 'remasters' box set). Regarded as one of the greatest albums in Rock 'n' Roll history and one of the most defining of the Stones' catalogue. Upon its release more than three decades ago, Exile On Main Street innovatively wove varying musical genres, instruments and even artists into a compelling rhythmic masterpiece. The original 18-track double-album was recorded in various stages at multiple locations, including Olympic Studios in London, Keith Richard's mansion Nellcote in France, and in Los Angeles where the literal Main Street influenced the album title. These atypical circumstances surrounding the recording process greatly affected the album's outcome which was highly reflective and influenced by the sociopolitical turbulence that marked the late `60s and early `70s.
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The CD begins with two flat out neat rockers--"Rocks Off" and "Rip This Joint." Jagger growls and the band plays with a hard edge to it. Then, to one of the gems--the Stones' version of Slim Harpo's great blues number, "Shake Your Hips." Jagger sings it differently from Harpo, but he is effective in his own way. The Stones show that they can play blues well (and note a later piece on "Exile," once recorded by Robert Johnson himself, "Stop Breakin' Down").
One of the few "hits" off this work, "Tumbling Dice," well played here. Some interesting features: Jagger on guitar and Mick Taylor on bass. Then, "Sweet Black Angel" which, if my memory serves me correctly (please correct me if I'm in error), was inspired by activist Angela Davis. A catchy hook and tune. "Ventilator Blues" seems to focus on a bad hair day, with one line being "I feel like murder in the first degree." This is a down and dirty song, with some gritty instrumental work.
One of Keith Richards' earlier solos shows up here, the up tempo "Happy," featuring a nice guitar riff to start the song off, presumably Mick Taylor's work. And "Exile on Main Street" concludes with "Soul Survivor," a lively song featuring some guitar work and nice keyboards. Jagger's voice is ragged and, because of this, quite effective in the context of the entire CD.
The Stones near or at the pinnacle of their career--Jagger on vocals, Taylor and Richards on guitar, Wyman on bass, Watts on drums. "Friends" showing up: Keys on sax, Price on horns, Hopkins on piano, Stewart (an old Stone himself) on piano, and so on. A rip roaring rock and roll album.
The Stones were at the height of their powers in the early 70's, turning out this double album of immense energy, craft and plain hard rocking. The texture of the music is dense and packed with so many licks,hooks,retro-riffs and new inventions on older themes as to be almost exhausting to listen to.
The mix is thicker than a Georgia sow's belly and denser than a chimney-full of hickory smoke. It's tensile like barbed wire strained to breaking, yet has the rhythm of a Mississipi paddle steamer on full boiler. What it took out of the band to make is something to be awed by. After this, they could never quite summon the energy again.
There are Stones albums (single albums) that are more precise or have more obvious Top Ten hit material but none with this full-tilt energy and non-stop deep love of another musical culture. No wonder the Stones stood out then, and now, as not just another bunch of guys trying to be bluesy and black. They constructed an entire work of energy and love, original yet deeply rooted in the past. And boy, does this masterpiece rock!
This double album is not "cover versions" of roots and blues songs - nor an attempt to "sound American" in an ethno-musical fashion. It is more than it's sources, if such a musical feat is possible. What is so compelling is that The Stones in "Exiles" actually improved and pushed forward the entire weight of roots and rock that had gone before them. It's uncanny, like someone has copied a book word for loving word, and yet that book is far richer and more veined than the original. Wait a minute, these guys are all lads from London? They are not named "Pickaxe Walters", "Tucson Henry" or "Blind Somebody" and never stepped foot in the USA until in their 20's. Pinch me, and play it again.
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