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Exile On Main Street

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  1. cravenmonket

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    I'm going to say this is their best one.

    I'm not actually a huge Stones fan - I only really like the Jimmy Miller records. But of the bunch, Exile just has the chops.

    It lacks a single massive tune - no Brown Sugar, no Gimme Shelter, no Sympathy. But as a single unit, it just slams all the way through. So good.

    The production is my favorite of all the RS records with Jimmy at the desk - Mick is buried in the mix so he's less of a lead, then the howling sax with absolutely zero cheese, the band chugging along like they're actually having a blast, and Keith riffing like a king. And the songs are short, to-the-point, back-to-the-roots blues and gospel, and a little bit of country-rock. Nothing screams "look at me!" and it feels less contrived or egotistical.

    I have had the album for over twenty years, since I was 20-ish. I've always loved it. Great Sunday morning record.

    That is all.
     
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    It's the record I give as my answer to "if you could only pick one."

    In college one of my suitemates was dating Ginny (short for, well, y'know.) I remember well the many times we'd blast "Sweet Virginia" in the living room while they were in his bedroom having some "alone time."

    Because there was never anything more subtle than Suite 481 Calhoun, no sir.

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    I agree, regarding the Stone’s best work.
    Sticky Fingers is almost as good.
     
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    ...a big +100 on that!!
     
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    Such a great album. I believe Keith’s influence from Gram Parsons can be heard, meaning a more country rock sound.
     
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    Great Album. This is one that works best "from start to finish" meaning it is best enjoyed as a whole. IMHO
     
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    In my opinion.the best rock n roll album of all time.
     
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    Great record. And the best 1-2 punch ever to begin a record. Thing is with me, I just wanna keep hearing those first 2 songs over and over.
     
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    I can't stand it. To me it's just a bunch of junkie jams with hardly a proper tune.

    I try, a couple of times a year, but it just ain't my thing. Not a big Stones fan though. "Aftermath" is a good one.
     
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    awe, you know that "Exiles" is my favorite.
    the sonic qualities really seal the collection of some pretty great songs. I sounds so great with a kinna' raw quality. and "walk before they make run" could easily fit on the record.


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    Always preferred Sticky. Clearer mix, better songs, concise arrangements, musically adventurous. A "professional" album. Exile sounds like my high school garage band tapes.
     
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    That's why I love it! The energy is powerful, like they don't care if it sounds polished or their "best take". Sticky Fingers is great, too, but it doesn't hang together as well as Exile for me. The songs don't flow as well through the whole record.
     
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    Yeah totally! It's not so much a collection of individual songs as it is a complete work. The songs on their own don't capture what the album does as a whole. I can't think of another Stones record that feels like that - I usually skip a song or two on Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed, etc.
     
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    The remixed version removes a lot of the mud, while still keeping the essential funk of the album. The Stones have always played up the basement feel of Exile, but some of the songs predate those sessions, and there were loads of overdubs added in LA afterwards at Sunset Sound. There isn't a barn-burner hit single like Sticky Fingers' "Brown Sugar," but "Tumbling Dice" comes close, and "Plundered My Soul" from the reissue is a brilliant song.
     
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    You are preaching to the choir, I couldn't agree more.

    Depending on when you ask me, Exile is my favorite recorded work of any kind. Except maybe Bitches Brew. I'll decide tomorrow.

    IMO the arrangements are more mature and FULL than on any other Stones album, and the use of horns adds so much, and it all still feels very spontaneous. I just love it.

    It's an incredible album.
     
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    Sticky Fingers
     
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    It's their best album.

    But Gimme Shelter is the best rock song ever anyone recorded.
     
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    Love exile, love sticky fingers, but my fave is Get Yer Ya Ya’s out.
     
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    Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Ya Ya's, Exile, Sticky Fingers...

    It was a pretty good run.

    An in the opinion of a huge RS fan for over 50 years...

    Their Zenith.

    Amen.
     
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    Hi.

    Yes, I really like it too. And, as others have mentioned or hinted at, I like it best as a whole, single listen.

    The documentary is pretty interesting, if you can find it. Here's the trailer.




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