18 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1972 double album holds a place in Stones mythology far beyond its initial release. It's the band at their most detailed and complex. The layers of sound take repeat listens to sort through. Mick Jagger’s vocals are often buried beneath the numerous guitar, horn, and backing vocal overdubs and the songs reflect their many influences. Straight-ahead rockers (“Rocks Off,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Happy"), dark blues (“Ventilator Blues"), country (“Sweet Virginia”), and gospel (“Shine a Light”) combine for the ultimate rock ’n’ roll night.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1972 double album holds a place in Stones mythology far beyond its initial release. It's the band at their most detailed and complex. The layers of sound take repeat listens to sort through. Mick Jagger’s vocals are often buried beneath the numerous guitar, horn, and backing vocal overdubs and the songs reflect their many influences. Straight-ahead rockers (“Rocks Off,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Happy"), dark blues (“Ventilator Blues"), country (“Sweet Virginia”), and gospel (“Shine a Light”) combine for the ultimate rock ’n’ roll night.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
105 Ratings
105 Ratings
DrewzertheAbuser ,

A true classic

Just as good today as it was when it came out

BrianSwaldi ,

The stuff of legend - their best album

This album has a legendary and near-mythic story of how it was created. I remember reading about it several years ago before i ever even listened to this album properly and I admit, it set me up to fall in love with it before the first listen. After years of repeated listens, I realize that this is definitely their best and most classic album that, despite not having a ton of their most commercially known tunes, has the fewest weak songs of any Stones album. Granted, it does contain a couple Stones classics like Virginia, Dice, and Plundered, but overall these are vastly underrated songs and it's an underappreciated album that has somehow missed the mainstream. For the serious Rolling Stones fan, this album has deep cuts that definitely don't get enough attention. Songs like Dancing in the Light and Following the River are surprisingly amazing and nuanced.

Exile has a great live and spontaneous feel that is full of energy that makes for great driving tunes. It's somehow loose and yet mechanically tight all at the same time. It reminds me of seeing a world class athlete like a top shelf quarterback or an olympic gymnast compete. Able to function at an amazingly high level and yet looks calm and relaxed because they have the talent and have put in the work to be able to do that.

The instrumentals are just dialed in on this album. As with any Stones album, it features amazing harmonica that is only equaled by the likes of G. Love. And, as the above album review points out, there's just ridiculous guitar riffs and solos throughout and particularly notable on the song Dancing in the Light - it's crazy good.

Exile is mostly 3 star songs which isn't a super high average rate, but it does have a very high number of them which is very impressive. That means that almost every song was good at worst. Even the weakest songs I found were very hard to throw away.

Much like The Beatles, however, they are not perfect and i did end up throwing away 4 songs. The song I Just Want to See His Face, for instance, was kind've a mess where you can barely hear Mick's vocals at all to the point that it's not worth listening to.

The following stats are for the expanded edition of this album:

There's one 5 star song in Sweet Virginia. Eight 4 star songs led by Dice, Plundered and Dancing in the Light - a very high number. Fifteen 3 star songs - a ridiculously high number. And 4 throwaways.

noahb1 ,

Exile

Even if you are pretentious like myself, there is no denying how absolutely fun this chaotic romp through american culture is. An album the explores the concept of being a modern renegade accompanied by some of the best musicianship and sheer passion in history: definition of a 10.

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