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  • Summary: A reissue of the band's 1972 double album is long overdue, as Exile captures a time when they became one of the greatest rock-and-roll bands in the world.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. Stick to the main text: until they invent time travel, there's no better way to inhale the decadent air of the early '70s. [Jun 210, p.137]
  2. It was a long haul to that nasty perfection — "Loving Cup" was first recorded in 1969; "Sweet Virginia" was a salty-country leftover from Sticky Fingers — and the outtakes unearthed and, in some cases, retouched for this reissue reveal more (not a lot but enough to be grateful for) about the process and detours
  3. Never bettered, this is the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band’s crowning triumph. Own this!
  4. 100
    Exile itself remains the tour de force it's been since release in May '72. [Jun 2010, p.104]
  5. We keep hearing that rock and roll is a feeling, right? The Stones inhabited that feeling seamlessly here, mainly because the murk fizzed and fused those seams together.
  6. 100
    If allowing Jagger to touch up those vocals was the price to pay to allow Exile receive the tribute it deserves, it's still a bargain.
  7. Everything that made it on the album--and much of what didn’t--belongs exactly where it is. (Yes, even the blazing but unfortunately named blues jam “Turd On The Run.”)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Jul 9, 2013
    This album represents more than the music itself, it's a provocation to the state, in this case to the U.K. They also are under the influence of drugs That´s always a nice combination. Expand
  2. FraserH
    Jun 2, 2010
    I was not alive when this album was released so can never understand what an impact it made on the music world at the time, but I would say that this album is one of my favourite albums of all time and I never tire of listening to it. Collapse
  3. May 12, 2011
    once again a great album. a classic album is getting negative reviews. if you don't like the album then don't review it. you bastards are getting annoying with your hateful reviews. i love this album. yes im a black person. Expand
  4. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    This is my favorite Rolling Stones album. You hear so many of their hits on the radio that you tend to forget how great their individual albums are. Exile On Main Street reigns supreme. Expand
  5. RogerS
    May 31, 2010
    This is the best there ever was, Sgt Peppers and the Beatles were over and London Calling and the Clash were yet to arrive. It is one of the most important parts of music and anyone needing an education will find this CD as his guide. Keith and Mick were never to reach this level again but like a rolling stone they kept going and gather no moss. You have to own this one. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2011
    I'm just here for the Stones. I understand why people don't get Exile, but if there were ever an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, this album is it. If it's too raw, if it's poorly mixed, if has has a bunch of odd little inconsequential songs, well, then I guess that's what I like. And it does of course have some great songs; Rocks Off is my all-time favorite Stones song, Shine A Light is beautiful and tender, like the white-light flip side of Sway from Sticky Fingers (also a favorite of mine); Let It Loose is special, and a song almost everyone overlooks. And Exile is at least and loving and sweet and vulnerable as it is cynical; actually, it isn't very cynical at all. Listen closely; it's the Stones loving the useless world. Exile is the best popular music album ever, full-stop. If only they had always recorded like this. And as time's gone by and we've all gradually realized that Keith is the real heart and soul of this band, it's not surprising to learn that Mick isn't all that keen on Exile, and Keith thinks it's their best album. Always listen to Keef; he knows. Oh won't you be my, little baby, for a while... Expand
  7. TtableW
    May 30, 2010
    Oh God! More idiots giving an album a PERFECT rating just because it was released 38 years ago. I never liked the Rolling Stones, so I can't really give a rating. But for the love of Jebuz, even my favourite album of all time is not perfect. Expand

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