Album Details

RELEASE
May 12, 1972
LABEL
Universal Distribution
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Album Rock

Album Review

Greeted with decidedly mixed reviews upon its original release, Exile on Main St. has become generally regarded as the Rolling Stones' finest album. Part of the reason why the record was initially greeted with hesitant reviews is that it takes a while to assimilate. A sprawling, weary double album encompassing rock & roll, blues, soul, and country, Exile doesn't try anything new on the surface, but the substance is new. Taking the bleakness that underpinned Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers to an extreme, Exile is a weary record, and not just lyrically. Jagger's vocals are buried in the mix, and the music is a series of dark, dense jams, with Keith Richards and Mick Taylor spinning off incredible riffs and solos. And the songs continue the breakthroughs of their three previous albums. No longer does their country sound forced or kitschy -- it's lived-in and complex, just like the group's forays into soul and gospel. While the songs, including the masterpieces "Rocks Off," "Tumbling Dice," "Torn and Frayed," "Happy," "Let It Loose," and "Shine a Light," are all terrific, they blend together, with only certain lyrics and guitar lines emerging from the murk. It's the kind of record that's gripping on the very first listen, but each subsequent listen reveals something new. Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones' best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Rocks Offhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Rip This Jointhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Shake Your Hipshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Casino Boogiehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Tumbling Dicehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Sweet Virginiahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Torn and Frayedhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Sweet Black Angelhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Loving Cuphttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Happyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Turd on the Runhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Ventilator Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. I Just Want to See His Facehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Let It Loosehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. All Down the Linehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Stop Breaking Downhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Shine a Lighthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Soul Survivorhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exile-on-main-street/id661951419?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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