The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street Half-Speed Mastered 180g 2LP
Half-Speed Mastered 180g Double LP!
Limited Edition Replica First Pressing Packaging!
Includes 12 Original Postcard Inserts Photographed by Norman Seeff!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Tumbling Dice" - Rated 433/500!
Exile on Main Street is regarded as one of the greatest albums in rock 'n'
roll history and one of the most defining of the Stones' catalogue. Upon its
initial release Exile on Main Street innovatively wove varying musical genres,
instruments and even artists into a compelling rhythmic masterpiece.
The original 18-track double-album was recorded in various stages at multiple
locations, including Olympic Studios in London, Keith Richards' mansion Nellcôte
in France, and in Los Angeles where the literal "Main Street" influenced the
album title. These atypical circumstances surrounding the recording process
greatly affected the album's outcome which was highly reflective and influenced
by the sociopolitical turbulence that marked the late '60s and early '70s. The
Stones nixed the influences of a flower-child era and directed their creative
process with the edgier, excessive, "more is more" approach of the '70s. Exile
reveals a sprawling mix of genres with undertones of blues, country, R&B and
gospel mixed with lyrics that fervently demand for release and liberation.
The album pulled together an electric array of talent including Dr. John, the
late Billy Preston and pianist Nicky Hopkins. Guitarist Mick Taylor, who
replaced Brian Jones in the band shortly before Jones died in 1969, is a
magnificent blues player who brought an intensity and elegance to these epic
tracks. At times, these musicians and others lived on the recording studio
premises with the band creating an extremely open and creative collaboration for
The sleeve is famous for the collage of images taken from Robert Frank's 1958
book 'The Americans'. Characters used in the artwork include Joe Allen, "The
Human Corkscrew", a renowned contortionist from the 1950s and, perhaps most
famous of all, Three Ball Charlie. Three Ball Charlie was a man able to fit a
tennis ball, a golf ball, and a "5" billiard ball simultaneously in his mouth –
a remarkable feat - and his image is the one that many people associate most
readily with this unimpeachable rock classic.
The original cut for this record was half speed mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
According to Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer at Abbey Road, the source for
this record was 24bit/96khz digital transfers supplied by the Stones made from
original 1/4" tapes. "This album was cut from a high-resolution digital transfer
from the best known analogue tape in existence," explains Showell. "Only minimal
sympathetic equalisation was applied to the transfer to keep everything as pure
as possible. Also, as this was an analogue, vinyl only high quality release, I
did not apply any digital limiting. This is added to almost all digital releases
to make them appear to be loud and is responsible for 'the loudness war' and in
almost every case is anything but natural and pure sounding."
"The album's riveting portrait of artists pushed – by the times, by
themselves – to the very limits of their creativity has provided inspiration to
every musical generation that has come along since Exile was released in 1972,"
said author Anthony DeCurtis. "Every song on Exile on Main Street is
elevated by its relationship to the music that comes before and after it. The
album’s irresistible power is unlikely to diminish any time soon."
"Originally titled 'Good Time Women'... Tumbling Dice' had numerous faster
incarnations before it was recorded at Richards' villa, Nellcôte. 'I remember
writing the riff upstairs in the very elegant front room,' said Richards, 'and
we took it downstairs the same evening, and we cut it.' Since Bill Wyman wasn't
around, Mick Taylor played bass." - Rolling Stone
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Half-speed mastered at Abbey Road Studios
• Replica Limited Edition first pressing packaging with additional 'obi strip'
• Includes 12 original postcard inserts photographed by Norman Seeff, art
director for the original 1972 pressing
• Album photography and concept by Robert Frank
• Original color printed inner sleeves
• Made in Germany
1. Rocks Off
2. Rip This Joint
3. Shake Your Hips
4. Casino Boogie
5. Tumbling Dice
1. Sweet Virginia
2. Torn And Frayed
3. Sweet Black Angel
4. Loving Cup
2. Turd On The Run
3. Ventilator Blues
4. I Just Want To See His Face
5. Let It Loose
1. All Down The Line
2. Stop Breaking Down
3. Shine A Light
4. Soul Survivor