The Rolling Stones took themselves off to the French Riviera to record their classic double LP Exile On Main Street. This could well be the album from which all the stories of excess associated with rock stars stem from. But let’s not let that overshadow the music. Since it’s release in 1972, Exile On Main Street has been a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll classic.
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10/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 16th October 2014
Between 1968 and 1972 the Rolling Stones made their best four albums: "Beggar's Banquet", "Let It Bleed", "Sticky Fingers" and what is widely regarded as their greatest work "Exile On Main Street".
It is an album that sets the benchmark for classic albums. Recorded in house in France where the band lived for the duration, they argued, smoked (everything, probably) and drank to excess. This is where the rock 'n' roll myth was cast. Then there's the music. rock, blues, soul, gospel, country, it's all here. "Rocks Off" is the stones personified: typical Keith Richards riff, Charlie Watts hitting the drums at exactly the right time and Mick Jagger's swagger come pouring through the speakers. "Tumbling Dice" was the single released from this album and is one of their truly great songs. "Sweet Virginia" and "Torn And Frayed" are both superb and highlight the influence Gram Parsons had on the band at the time and "Shine A Light" is their anthemic gospel number.
Brilliant from start to finish.
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