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Exile On Main St. (album) by The Rolling Stones 

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Exile On Main St.
Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones (1972)
Overall rank: 27th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,179 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1972 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1970s (8th)
Top 50 albums of all time (27th)

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From RobertChristgau 05/09/2015 19:16
More than anything else this fagged-out masterpiece is difficult--how else describe music that takes weeks to understand? Weary and complicated, barely afloat in its own drudgery, it rocks with extra power and concentration as a result. More indecipherable than ever, submerging Mick's voice under layers of studio murk, it piles all the old themes--sex as power, sex as love, sex as pleasure, distance, craziness, release--on top of an obsession with time more than appropriate in over-thirties committed to what was once considered a youth music. Honking around sweet Virginia country and hipping through Slim Harpo, singing their ambiguous praises of Angela Davis, Jesus Christ, and the Butter Queen, they're just war babies with the bell bottom blues.

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From exileonthehell 04/18/2015 01:29
This is history, not only in music, but on books.
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From Finky 04/15/2015 04:20
"This is my favorite Stones album, in fact, one of my favorite albums, period. This is the Stones at their bluesiest! Many great songs on here: "Tumbling Dice", Shine A Light", "Sweet Virginia", "Rip This Joint", "Rocks Off", "All Down The Line", "Happy". 2 outstanding covers" "Shake Your Hips" and "Stop Breaking Down" (a tune by Robert Johnson). If you don't like this, you don't like the Stones, or Rock & Roll for that matter.
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From 5432juan 03/25/2015 02:41
I consider the Rolling Stones to be one of my favorite bands of all time even though I would argue that their strength lies in their individual songs rather than in their full albums. Having said that however, this album completely blows that line of thinking out of the water. This album is essentially a string of songs that on their own May not be some of the greatest Rolling Stones tunes, but when placed together create one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time. The songs evoke feelings like nostalgia, adrenaline-fueled fun, and pleasure. The album is also sonically different from most of the Stones most popular songs. On this LP you'll find influences from folk, country, 50s origin Rock, muddy blues, and even gospel. Exile on Main Street may not have Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, or Satisfaction, but it does help to prove that often times the sum is greater than the individual parts.
Best tracks: Rocks off, Sweet Virginia, Tumbling Dice, Rip this Joint
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From yonstein414 03/03/2015 00:26
This is what the best album by the self-proclaimed world's greatest rock band sounds like. (No, not Oasis.)
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From viquel 02/15/2015 00:32
Love it! Sprawling blues-rock! Love the gospel-ish parts, like in “Let It Loose” and “Tumbling Dice”. Love the grooves in “Stop Breaking Down” and “Shake Your Hips”. Love “I Just Want to See His Face” because it’s so random. All this off the top of my head.


It’s awesome to see an album with such passion and effortlessness. This is what I think of when I think “rock n’ roll”.

Random (and pointless) Fact: ok, in the cover, beneath the word “Exile”, there is a really scary looking guy. First time I noticed him, I got the chills, because he looks like he is staring right at me. Anyone else notice this guy?
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From WindowAbove 02/06/2015 21:59
A messy, unfocused clutter of styles that already don't appeal to me on their own.
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From poppmusic 01/14/2015 07:29
Backwoods country, hard rock/blues and church choir gospel merge. The result is breathtaking ("Torn and Frayed", "Sweet Virginia", "Shine a Light", "Let It Loose")
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From F1Aaron 12/29/2014 19:07
One of my most favorite double albums of all time! A lot of diversity in this album, my favorites are Rocks Off, Tumbling Dice, Sweet Black Angel, Loving Cup, and Let It Loose
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From ewhittenburg 10/29/2014 20:29
I just never got this album. Definitely not the best Stones album.
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