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    The Stones_ Exile on Main Street

    Where to start?

    When this album came out, I simply hated it. I tired, I really did. I just couldn't wrap my mind around it. Keep in mind that psychedelic music was just beginning to fade from rock mainstream. Most albums were "polished".

    This one? My god it was raw...primeval, edgy.

    I guess knowing the history now, helps understand why this album is like it is. Richards was in the middle of his heroin addiction. The band was holed up in the Villa Nellcote (Smoke on the Water fame) and for the most part, most of them showed up to record almost every night for a month. The second part imho...was bringing Bobby Keys into the mix. What a talent to compliment such a talented bunch.

    The other part was how hard they worked at getting this done. Often working till three in the morning. Not to say there wasn't a hell of a lot of bourbon consumed in the process.

    It must have taking a few years worth of listening to it and one night, it just clicked.

    Today, imho, I think it's probably The Stones best work. It's rock and roll like it should be. Raw..primeval, edgy and beautiful.


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    One of my favorite Stones' albums

    Sticky Fingers is probably my favorite, and Satanic Majesty's Request grows on you. Little too Beatle-y but still good.

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    Beatle-y? Maybe in some aspects. You would have had to been around at that time and listening to rock as it evolved through the 60's.

    The Beatles were always on the cutting edge with the Stones not far behind. Of course I'm a fan of psychedelic music. I have quite a collection of some stuff that's no where near what most people search out. Fun stuff for sure.

    Sticky Fingers is a great album for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhill View Post
    Beatle-y? Maybe in some aspects. You would have had to been around at that time and listening to rock as it evolved through the 60's.

    The Beatles were always on the cutting edge with the Stones not far behind. Of course I'm a fan of psychedelic music. I have quite a collection of some stuff that's no where near what most people search out. Fun stuff for sure.

    Sticky Fingers is a great album for sure.
    Beatley wasn't the best description but the closest I could come up with. Not as far as the sound of the music of of the drug-induced haze that surrounds it. Like the they just discovered acid.

    The Beatles had a shift in sound as their music evolved from Hard Day's Night and Help! to Sgt Peppers and Magical Mystery and Yellow Submarine. More abstract, more instruments, more tangents, more experimentation and variation. Reflected the drug culture as it emerged and matured.

    The Stones seemed to go through the same shift at about the same time. Aftermath has one type of sound to it, Satanic Majesties Request has another altogether. It was released within a few weeks I think of Sgt. Peppers and even had the same cover art artist, Michael Cooper. Hell, even Wyman sang lead By the time they released Beggars Banquet they'd moved on to a new sound and a new producer, away from the hippie-dippy psychedelic and back to a mix of blues again with a whole new level of anger at their treatment by the authorities. They got darker and harder.

    That's what I meant by Beatley.
    May not of been there but I've heard it.

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    Such a great album IMO, a great example of their middle years.

    I think with myself...similar to you, first time around or so...never got into it. But returning to it many years later...it really grew on me.

    Some faves
    *Shake your Hips..quirky as it is
    *Loving Cup
    *Turd on the Run...another quirky one, but man I love the fast beat
    *and my favorite of the album...All Down the Line. Crank that one up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post

    Some faves
    *Shake your Hips..quirky as it is
    *Loving Cup
    *Turd on the Run...another quirky one, but man I love the fast beat
    *and my favorite of the album...All Down the Line. Crank that one up!


    Always loved "Happy" too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post


    Always loved "Happy" too
    Great live version of it on "Love you Live"...a great double album which was one of my favorite albums of theirs.

    I got huge into the Stones in high school....I think my collections of albums got up to 31 or so at the time (this was back when it was cassettes or vinyl)
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    Great album, great line up too. Nicky Hopkins did most of the piano. Here's the full musicians list:

    * Mick Jagger vocals, harmonica, guitar
    * Keith Richards guitar, bass, vocals, piano
    * Mick Taylor guitar, slide guitar, bass
    * Charlie Watts drums
    * Bill Wyman bass, upright bass
    * Ian Stewart piano
    * Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) backing vocals, piano
    * Billy Preston piano, organ
    * Bill Plummer upright bass
    * Nicky Hopkins piano
    * Clydie King backing vocals
    * Jim Price trumpet, trombone, organ
    * Bobby Keys saxophone, percussion
    * Richard Washington marimba
    * Al Perkins pedal steel guitar
    * Jerry Kirkland backing vocals
    * Tami Lynn backing vocals
    * Kathi McDonald backing vocals
    * Jimmy Miller drums, percussion, maracas
    * Vanetta Field backing vocals
    * Shirley Goodman backing vocals
    * Joe Green backing vocals
    * Glyn Johns engineer
    * Andy Johns engineer
    * Nick Watterton - engineer
    * Joe Zaganno engineer
    * Jeremy Gee engineer
    * Robert Frank photography
    * Norman Seeff design
    * John Van Hamersveld design
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    Rocks Off and All Down The Line are among my favorite Rolling Stones songs.

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