Release Date: May 18, 2010
Record label: Universal
Genre(s): Rock, Indie/Alternative
Classic gets tidier, but still rocks First thought on hearing this cleaned-up edition of the most notoriously dirty album in rock history: “Oh, good, I can finally understand the words.” Second thought: “Oh, wait—I don’t want to understand the words.” Some things, as they say, are better left unknown. What that means, basically, is that I have my memories of this album and you have yours, and in this particular case I’m happier knowing and recalling what I knew and recalled long before Mick and Keith and a whole new generation of sound engineers got their hands on Exile. I don’t mean that my way of hearing it is more correct than any other.
Despite an absence of the band's best-known songs, the sweaty, grimy Exile on Main St. has grown into the Rolling Stones' most universally acclaimed record. Despite dozens of hits, putting together a cohesive album often seemed to be beyond the Stones, tripped up by either manager Allen Klein's publishing-rights parasitism or the band's 1970s hubris.