episode date - May 9, 2012
We’ve all had 40 years now to digest all four sides of music on “Exile on Main Street”. While many critics (most, actually) treat the album with reverential awe, a large part of the album has been ignored by radio, and many, if not most, rock and roll fans remain familiar with only the hits.
Considering that a source as respectable as Rolling Stone magazine rated the album #7 in its list of ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’, it seems incongruous that something so revered could remain obscure on so many levels. How many fans can hum the melodies of “Torn and Frayed” or “Ventilator Blues”? Does the average Stones fan even remember the tune “Turd on the Run”? If you doubt me, then go ahead and name the four songs on side four………..
Can’t do it, can you? The truth is that while this album is indeed classic, there is a ‘sameness’ to the production that makes it difficult to differentiate between tracks, exacerbated by the double-album length of the collection. Eventually, some of the deeper tracks start to ‘pop’, but this is an album that requires patience and attention for it to be truly appreciated. For that reason, we are dedicating this entire show to “Exile on Main Street”. We will certainly cover the hits, but we will use our time to go a bit deeper as well, so we may properly celebrate the 40th anniversary of what many believe to be the last truly great album recorded by the Rolling Stones.
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