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The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: UrbanSteel ()
Date: April 8, 2010 20:45

The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen


A few weeks back the clichéd children on American Idol took on Stones tracks. The biggest takeaway for anyone watching should have been just what an amazing, forceful and soulful singer Mick Jagger is. But, come on, you know this. It’s the freakin’ Rolling Stones. Singing the praises of the greatest rock and roll band of all time seems rather redundant, especially when it comes to the canonical and revered Exile on Main Street. Yes, I’m a weirdo that reaches for other Stones records first—Aftermath, Sticky Fingers and, yeah, even the underrated It’s Only Rock & Roll, Black & Blue or Emotional Rescue. Which is not to say Exile is worse. I just tend to stick up for the less ubiquitous underdogs in the catalog.

So it’s exciting to have the chance to listen to a remastered Exile with fresh ears, even if the record has been modernized with bright 21st punch (or “loudness”). Listening to the buffed up “Shake Your Hips” side-to-side with the original (or even the prior CD remasters) seemingly doubles the volume, which will undoubtedly lead to some kvetching about the loss of the record’s ramshackle charm. I have to say I’d agree. On first impression, it comes off more like the 1999 Yellow Submarine Songtrack than the mind-blowing 2009 Beatles remasters. The sound is clean and beautiful, and it’s hard to be critical of the job done, but it’s just a matter of preference, kind of like some people prefer hearing Beggars Banquet at the improper slow speed offered for decades before a 2002 remaster.

But, obviously, the huge draw with this reissue is the “discovered” “old” material. I use the quotes because Mick has admitted in recent interviews that these new tunes feature new percussion, new vocals and new guitar—in unspecified quantities. Without a doubt, these new songs lack the juice and je ne sais quoi the oozes from the original jamming. (Though, the mythology of those sessions is overblown.) But the songs are a win-win. Look at it this way: If Mick did blow the dust off a forgotten box of tapes, well, awesome. And if these are in fact new studio recordings doctored up to pass as 1970s material, then at least it’s proof the band still has it—and has one more great album in it. If they would only stop working with Don-f*cking-Was.

Here’s a track by track guide to the new stuff:

“Pass the Wine (Sophia Lauren)”
“Glad to be alive and kickin’,” Mick sings, giving the first clue he’s delivering the lines as a soon-to-be septuagenarian. Though the following bit, “Glad to have a pot to piss in,” seems somewhat ridiculous coming from a billionaire (or whatever). With woodblocks and rubber-band bass, this comes off like a War groove, or the Stones’ take on “Oye Como Va.” Just for the lesser traveled Latin waters of Stones, this stands out as a highlight.

“I’m Not Signifying”
Saloon piano rambles for a bit before Mick sidles up to the bar in his country twang. (This vocal sounds more discovered than recently recorded, but who knows.) Yep, just a solid blues number with bursts of slide guitar and wailing harmonicas. Still, it blows away what you hear in Kingston Mines. Mick says, “I ain’t signifying,” which would have been a better title, and more in line with the snottier, younger Jagger. The sudden blast of New Orleans horns in the coda make this a last minute winner.

“Dancing in the Light”
A casual blues shuffle with splashier percussion. Charlie gets a little loose on the cymbals as Mick breathlessly spits and rants about “basking in the spotlight” and “riding in a limo.” So far, the spotlight is indeed on Mick, which is not surprising considering his lead role in putting this together. But the guy is old form here. It’s the case where I hope this was put to tape in some Hawaiian studio in 2009.

“So Divine (Alladin Story)”
Ugh, that title. But, finally, Keith gets to show off a nifty new riff, even if it echos a half-speed “Paint It Black” rather audaciously. Some snake-charming saxophone wafts in and out, justifying the inane title, and goddam if it didn’t bring to mind Wreckx-N-Effect’s “Rumpshaker.” Mick purrs, “You say your love is like the potion of the night.” Likely to be another cherry-picked highlight, just for not being straight-up bluesy.

“Following the River”
Ah, the ballad. Sit, down, baby, and let Mick break it to you gently: “There’s something I should tell you… I like the way your comb’s tucked in your hair.” But it’s all break-up from there on, with plaintive piano, acoustic guitars and gentle tambourine taps. Backing “Ooooh” harmonies and judicious use of gospel singers add some color. Then come the violins. Dude, Phil Spector is jail. Did the world need another crime like his slathering of strings over Let It Be?

“Plundered My Soul”
Another sure bet to be a new vocal track, especially the gospel back-ups. A typical, bitter midtempo Stones track with horns putting some meat on the bones, alongside rambling piano and Jagger spittle flyin’ free. “I thought you wanted my money to plunder my soul!” he rasps.

“Good Time Women”
Now this is more like it—a true dusty, though bootlegged before. This boogie-woogie precursor to “Tumbling Dice” was cut around Sticky Fingers, and has the welcome hiss (and crying Mick Taylor guitar) to prove it. Frankly, I kind of prefer this to the finished version, for the lack of big, belting soul singers. Hearing this after the prior cuts only underlines their dubious claim to being “rarities.” This just has a utterly different feel.

The deluxe edition of Exile on Main Street is released on May 18.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2010-04-08 20:47 by UrbanSteel.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: bernardanderson ()
Date: April 8, 2010 20:48

"the record has been modernized with bright 21st punch (or “loudness”)"
uh oh...just what i was afraid of.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: April 8, 2010 20:56

thank you UrbanSteel, mucho gracias!!!!!!!!

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Rocky Dijon ()
Date: April 8, 2010 21:01

Thanks for posting this, UrbanSteel.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Blueranger ()
Date: April 8, 2010 21:11

Quote
bernardanderson
"the record has been modernized with bright 21st punch (or “loudness”)"
uh oh...just what i was afraid of.

I'll bet it's only 'loud' like the new remasters.
And I'll bet this guy dosen't even know the terms of 'loudness' anyway.
'Louder' is not the same as 'Loudness'!

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: T&A ()
Date: April 8, 2010 21:15

Quote
Blueranger
'Louder' is not the same as 'Loudness'!

is it the same as "more loud?"

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Blueranger ()
Date: April 8, 2010 21:20

No, it's just pushed up in volume...smoking smiley

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: ROPENI ()
Date: April 8, 2010 21:27

l think, l will play the original one, at full blast and remember what it was like...

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: NICOS ()
Date: April 8, 2010 21:37

Thanks Urban................but you can do better then this ........FLAC?


Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Rocky Dijon ()
Date: April 8, 2010 21:51

Line of the day, Nicos!

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: tumblingdice ()
Date: April 8, 2010 21:54

I'm wondering at what point we can listen for ourselves? Surely someone will buy the single on the 17th and if none of us can get it ourselves put it online? Or will it be available for Zune or Itune download? Man I'm ready to hear these songs for myself!

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Bitches Brew ()
Date: April 8, 2010 22:10

Thanks a lot, can't wait anymore...

"...life is short, one look and it’s over, it comes as quite a shock, all I’ve got is some memories stuck in an old shoe box"

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: barbabang ()
Date: April 8, 2010 22:22

Thanks for the story UrbanSteel.

Too bad about the loudness, I don't see what is the point in that at all. It ruins the dynamics.

Going to buy it anyway. Want to support more archive releasesthumbs up

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: ablett ()
Date: April 8, 2010 22:25

"h oh...just what i was afraid of."

2nd post of a thread and a moan.....

Love it!

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: thkbeercan ()
Date: April 8, 2010 22:25

track by track? I thought there were more than 7 unreleased selections!

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: UrbanSteel ()
Date: April 8, 2010 22:27

Quote
thkbeercan
track by track? I thought there were more than 7 unreleased selections!

Maybe it is a promo sampler .

2012 RIP Internet

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Big Al ()
Date: April 8, 2010 23:01

I know it's just one chaps opinion, here, but his descriptions hardly enthral me, to be frank. It all seems rather dull.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: April 8, 2010 23:20

>> Maybe it is a promo sampler <<

that makes sense - s/he definitely left some out, such as the one Keith sings

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: April 9, 2010 00:14

Good to see the songs that no one has heard being slagged off a month early based on taking comments in a review at face value.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: FreeBird ()
Date: April 9, 2010 00:15

Quote
bernardanderson
"the record has been modernized with bright 21st punch (or “loudness”)"
uh oh...just what i was afraid of.
Yeah, same thing here... I also don't understand the remark about Beggars Banquet. Fixing the speed (which was OBVIOUSLY and AUDIBLY wrong) was The Right Thing®, dynamic range compression is not.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: open-g ()
Date: April 9, 2010 00:18

Is evrything awright in the critics section?

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: DrPete ()
Date: April 9, 2010 00:41

Personally I have no problem with anything they do on the re-issue. Actually would enjoy listening to a complete re mix if they wanted to do that. I already have all the vinyls and Virgin cds for the original mixes and would appreciate something differant as opposed to re buying the same material I already have.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: thkbeercan ()
Date: April 9, 2010 00:44

alladin story, i'm not signifying, dancing in the light are from the trident mixes, apparently with 2010 additions. these tracks weren't much to listen to way back when. don't see how new vocals or additional overdubs will make then any more attractive. what is interesting tho is the fact that these basic tracks are part of ABKCO's holdings....isn't it interesting that as soon as Allen Klein passes away, the world gets a Ya-Ya's reissue with lots of bonuses, an Exile reissue with a CD's worth of Klein material included, the TAMI show, a DVD release of "Ladies & Gentlemen" in the near future...hhhmmmmm.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Beast ()
Date: April 9, 2010 00:57

Quote
Gazza
Good to see the songs that no one has heard being slagged off a month early based on taking comments in a review at face value.

LOL!! Par for the course around here....

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Lorenz ()
Date: April 9, 2010 01:01

I'm excited.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: urbanjungle90 ()
Date: April 9, 2010 01:15

I always liked the riff of "Dancing In The Light" on bootleg, but its only an instrumental on the version I have, I don't know if a bootleg version with vocals exists. It is one of the "typical" Keith riffs, in my opinion. Good to see this will be one of the released tracks.



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Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Sway714 ()
Date: April 9, 2010 01:29

Quote
barbabang
Thanks for the story UrbanSteel.

Too bad about the loudness, I don't see what is the point in that at all. It ruins the dynamics.

Going to buy it anyway. Want to support more archive releasesthumbs up

The reason for the LOUDNESS is so when the tracks get played on ( already over compressed radio ) the tracks hold up to the current trend of whatever mastering converters they are using today. ie: So it does not sound worse than any other songs played on rock radio today.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: skipstone ()
Date: April 9, 2010 01:44

Does it seem that at some point all reissues will be remastered to be as loud as possible to be current? When listening to CDs of 1960s, 70s and 80s albums compared to 1990s and these here Twenty Hundreds that there is a huge difference in the volume. But that's on something that is calibrated to only go so loud (my stereo is broke, my truck speakers are fried so all I have is my laptop - hooked up to a second to the top speaker system - with a woofer - for computers - at least that I could find at the time, I've contemplated getting the loudest one available ha ha).

Even playing CDs (media player) through my laptop I can hear a big difference. And it says in the works of the media player there is something to select to keep the sound level "equal" or something there about that...doesn't work anyway.

Someday I'll have a stereo again. Headphones are nice though.

I'll be curious to load the UME Exile in and listen to the difference between that and the Virgin Exile.

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: Rip This ()
Date: April 9, 2010 01:44

......thanks for the post....who is the reviewer and why are people troubled by what this guy says??...also maybe peeps should wait to hear it for themselves...there was so much criticism of the other Universal remasters...I love every single one so far...every single one..

Re: The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition”: First listen
Posted by: tatters ()
Date: April 9, 2010 01:57

Quote
Sway714
Quote
barbabang
Thanks for the story UrbanSteel.

Too bad about the loudness, I don't see what is the point in that at all. It ruins the dynamics.

Going to buy it anyway. Want to support more archive releasesthumbs up

The reason for the LOUDNESS is so when the tracks get played on ( already over compressed radio ) the tracks hold up to the current trend of whatever mastering converters they are using today. ie: So it does not sound worse than any other songs played on rock radio today.

Will the new tracks even GET played on the radio? Rough Justice didn't get played on the radio. Not even on classic rock stations.

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