FORGOTTEN MUSIC #5: EXILE ON MAIN STREET By The Rolling Stones (DELUXE Remastered Edition)

Back in 1972 when Exile on Main Street was first released, I heard my favorite Rolling Stones song, “Tumbling Dice.” The rest of the record was very good, but “Tumbling Dice” completely floored me. Now, decades later, Exile on Main Steet has been re-released in a new, remastered edition. It never sounded so good! And, in addition to the improved sound, more tracks have been added. Many critics consider Exile on Main Street one of the best rock & roll albums ever released. Now, with this new remastered version, it’s even better!
Disc 1
1 Rocks Off 4:32
2 Rip This Joint 2:23
3 Shake Your Hips 2:59
4 Casino Boogie 3:34
5 Tumbling Dice 3:47
6 Sweet Virginia 4:26
7 Torn and Frayed 4:17
8 Sweet Black Angel 2:57
9 Loving Cup 4:25
10 Happy 3:04
11 Turd On the Run 2:38
12 Ventilator Blues 3:24
13 I Just Want To See His Face 2:53
14 Let It Loose 5:18
15 All Down the Line 3:50
16 Stop Breaking Down 4:34
17 Shine a Light 4:16
18 Soul Survivor 3:48

Disc 2
1 Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren) Alternate Take 4:54
2 Plundered My Soul 3:59
3 I’m Not Signifying 3:54
4 Following the River 4:51
5 Dancing in the Light 4:21
6 So Divine (Aladdin Story) Alternate Take 4:32
7 Loving Cup Alternate Take 5:25
8 Soul Survivor Alternate Take 3:59
9 Good Time Women Alternate Take 3:21
10 Title 5 1:47

28 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN MUSIC #5: EXILE ON MAIN STREET By The Rolling Stones (DELUXE Remastered Edition)

  1. David

    “When you’re drunk in the alley, baby, with your clothes all torn
    And your late night friends leave you in the cold gray dawn.
    Just seemed too many flies on you, I just can’t brush them off.
    Angels beating all their wings in time,
    With smiles on their faces and a gleam right in their eyes.
    Whoa, thought I heard one sigh for you..”

    I could never forget EXILE. Favorite Rock album. Top Stones Album. Pure poetry.

    1. george Post author

      “You can be my partner in crime” is one of my favorite lines in TUMBLING DICE, David. This new remastered version of EXILE ON MAIN STREET is terrific!

  2. Jeff Meyerson

    I saw this one was out. It’s not my favorite Stones album, let alone “one of the best rock & roll albums ever released” in my opinion. As a geezer I prefer their older stuff and my favorite album of theirs is LET IT BLEED.

    1. george Post author

      There’s a fistful of previously “unreleased” songs on this new version of EXILE ON MAIN STREET, Jeff. You might change your mind after you hear them.

  3. Deb

    “Tumbling Dice” is my favorite Stones song too. You can forgive Keith Richards a multitude of sins, transgressions, and shortcomngs for that guitar work. However, I agree with Jeff that LET IT BLEED is the best Stones album overall.

    Incidently, I was driving one of my kids somewhere yesterday and she put the radio on her favorite station (which, being an old woman, I never listen to) and a song (sung by a woman) came on which included the lines: “A lot of guys follow us/Because they like our swagger/But we kick ’em to the curb/Unless they look like Mick Jagger” (rough paraphrase there). I chucked to myself thinking how unlikely it was that many of the youngsters listening to this urban-contemporary station would even know who Mick Jagger is!

    1. george Post author

      Great minds like similar songs, Deb. I’m with you totally on TUMBLING DICE. By the way, the song your daughter was listening to was by Ke$ha (love the dollar sign!). It’s called TICK TOCK.

    1. george Post author

      EXILE ON MAIN STREET qualifies for FORGOTTEN MUSIC because the whole second CD of this version consists of previously unreleased songs and alternate takes, Charlie. This is a must-buy for Stones fans.

  4. Jeff Meyerson

    If you listen to a lot of ‘modern’ music, Deb, you’ll be amazed at how many songs are remakes of 60’s and 70’s and 80’s songs.

    The same way we didn’t realize how many 60’s songs were remakes from our parents’ era (“Blue Moon” for one) holds true for this generation.

    *goes to look for geezer bus*

  5. Deb

    George, as for Ke$ha (with or without the dollar sign), let’s see if any of her music holds up in four decades the way “Tumbling Dice” holds up today. Sometimes I have to bite my tongue to keep from asking my kids, “How can you listen to that…NOISE?” remembering many was the time that my parents asked me the same question 35 – 40 years ago!

    1. george Post author

      Most contemporary pop music is unlistenable, Deb. And most of the songs on the radio now will be completely forgotten in a year or two.

  6. Jeff Meyerson

    One Stones song I liked well enough at the time which has really grown in my favor over the years is “Paint It Black.” I heard Bill Wyman on a local radio show a few years ago talking about how he sat on the floor and played the bass pedals of the Hammond organ.

  7. Todd Mason

    Despite a sneaking fondness for TATTOO YOU (with some Sonny Rollins input), my favorite Stones albums are those from very early on, such as AROUND AND AROUND (the UK release), though AFTERMATH in either LP format) was half transcendent, half not too shabby (the long jam could’ve been displensed with)…I’ve never been fair to EXILE, I suspect, and probably will find a way to give the new release a listen (ROLLING STONE trying to tab “Satisfaction” the second-best song ever/so far, when it’s not even in the Stones’ own top ten, is typical of that magazine’s sad state).

    “Paint It Black” (from AFTERMATH) was certainly the first Stones song I sought out.

    1. george Post author

      Not to hype this new remastered version of EXILE ON MAIN STREET too much, Todd, but the second CD of previously unreleased songs and alternative takes makes this a completely different experience. SATISFACTION was the Rolling Stones’ first big U.S. hit so many critics gravitate to it. You’re right about the sad state of ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE. It seems irrelevant.

  8. Richard Robinson

    George, sorry but I have to disagree. I’ve long thought that EXILE was on of the Stones weaker efforts, with the exception of “Tumbling Dice” which is a great song, and is on every Stones Greatest Hits collection that came after it.

    I agree – AFTERMATH is a terrific album, so are BETWEEN THE BUTTONS and BEGGARS BANQUET. LET IT BLEED has some of the best they did on it. This one? Not so much.

    1. george Post author

      You might want to revise your judgment after you listen to this new version of EXILE ON MAIN STREET, Rick. Plenty of new material on a second CD to consider.

  9. Richard Robinson

    Although, I should have said, BEGGARS BANQUET is more bluesy and may be, on my part, a personal taste thing. Still there’s no arguing with “Sympathy For the Devil” or “Jigsaw Puzzle”.

    1. george Post author

      I know it’s a reach, Rick, but I’ve had a fondness for the Stones’ BLACK & BLUE. It features one of my other favorite Stones songs, HAND OF FATE. I love the line “He shot me once, but I shot him twice.”

  10. Todd Mason

    Not nearly good enough reason to overrate “Satisfaction” so greatly, George…as good as the riff is and (very) moderately clever as the lyrics are. Irrelevant is a kind word for ROLLING STONE the magazine these days…it was already pretty dull when I read it in high school, but at least Paul Williams was still there to hype Philip Dick and a few more of the interesting stalwarts were hanging on.

    1. george Post author

      I like GET OFF OF MY CLOUD a lot better than SATISFACTION, Todd. Yes Paul Williams was right to hype Philip K. Dick. THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU will be out in a few months with Matt Damon.

  11. Todd Mason

    I think we’re glad not to have to hear the Royal Teens nor Mountain too much any more…terrible pop is always with us…rarel do we not have some good mixed in somehow…

    1. george Post author

      True artists will always emerge, Todd. But as Theodore Sturgeon once said, “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”


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