Exile

Exile on Main St.

Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Jim and Greg serve up a classic album dissection for the deeply influential recording.

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Exile on Main St.

Jim and Greg offer up a classic album dissection for Exile on Main St. by The Rolling Stones, a recording that's still shrouded in mystique over 45 years later. Jim says that even after loving this album for decades,“he has yet to plumb the surface”of the double album. He adds, that the genre-blurring album reflects“the American music canon, the weirder things in Grandma's attic.”

Exile on Main St. is the band's 10th studio album. In many ways, its dark, murky sound makes it a bit of an outlier in their extensive catalog. That often imitated sound was a product of being recorded in the basement of Keith Richards's villa in France. Jim and Greg explore the recording process, the sound and the infuence on what Greg calls“The Post-Exile generations”from the New York Dolls to the White Stripes.

Featured Songs

  1. The Rolling Stones, Soul Survivor, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  2. The Rolling Stones, All Down the Line, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  3. The Rolling Stones, Wild Horses, Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones, 1971
  4. The Rolling Stones, Ventilator Blues, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  5. The Rolling Stones, Rocks Off, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  6. The Rolling Stones, Rip This Joint, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  7. The Rolling Stones, Tumbling Dice, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  8. The Flying Burrito Brothers, Colorado, The Flying Burrito Brothers, A&M, 1971
  9. The Byrds, You Ain't Goin Nowhere, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Columbia, 1968
  10. The Everly Brothers, All I Have to Do is Dream, All I Have to Do is Dream (single), Cadence, 1958
  11. The Rolling Stones, Torn and Frayed, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  12. The Rolling Stones, Happy, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  13. The Rolling Stones, Title 5, Exile on Main St. (Deluxe Edition), Universal, 2010
  14. The Rolling Stones, Sympathy For The Devil (Live), Beggars Banquet, Rolling Stones, 1968
  15. The Rolling Stones, I Just Want To See His Face, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  16. James Cleveland & the Angelic Choir, Peace Be Still, Peace Be Still, Savoy, 1963
  17. The Rolling Stones, Let It Loose, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  18. The Rolling Stones, Sweet Black Angel, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  19. The Rolling Stones, Shine A Light, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  20. The Rolling Stones, Loving Cup, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  21. The Band, In a Station, Music From Big Pink, Capitol, 1968
  22. The Rolling Stones, Stop Breaking Down, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  23. Pussy Galore, Loving Cup, Exile on Main St., Shove, 1986
  24. White Stripes, Rag & Bone, Icky Thump, Warner Bros., 2007
  25. Liz Phair, Johnny Sunshine, Exile in Guyville, Matador, 1993
  26. Red Red Meat, Rusted Water, Jimmywine Majestic, Sub Pop, 1993
  27. New York Dolls, Trash, New York Dolls, Mercury, 1973
  28. The Clash, Death or Glory, London Calling, CBS, 1979
  29. Wilco, Monday, Being There, Reprise, 1996
  30. Kings of Leon, Taper Jean Girl, Aha Shake Heartbreak, Columbia, 2004
  31. The Black Keys, Do the Rump, The Big Come Up, Alive, 2002
  32. The Rolling Stones, Shake Your Hips, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  33. Electric Light Orchestra, Telephone Line, A New World Records, United Artists, 1976
  34. The Kinks, Top of the Pops, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, Pye, 1970
  35. The Pharcyde, Devil Music, Labcabincalifornia, Delicious Vinyl, 1995
  36. Ziplock, Woods Island Club, Ziplock, Processional Cross, 2017
  37. Vangelis, Main Titles, Blade Runner, EMI, 1994