Exile on Main St.

 


"This new album is f*cking mad. There are so many different tracks. It's very rock & roll, you know. I didn't want it to be like that. I'm the more experimental person in the group... you see, I like to experiment―not go over the same thing over and over. Since I've left England, I've had this thing I've wanted to do. I'm not against rock & roll, but I really want to experiment. The new album's very rock & roll and it's good. I mean, I'm very bored with rock & roll. The revival. Everyone knows what their roots are, but you've got to explore everywhere. You've got to explore the sky too."
- Mick Jagger, 1972

Holla at the first sentence of that statement! (Shoutout to you, Jagger.) Exile on Main St. is one of the Stones's best albums by far because everything is built upon living in the moment. The songs were constructed and fabricated based on their exact feelings in that very second, whether they be Happy, or ready to Shine a Light because of a certain visit to the evangelical church. Never looking back and just being is the essence of this Stones's gem.

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"The Stones really felt like exiles. The Stones had reached a point where we no longer had to do what we were told to do. We'd done our time, things were changing, and I was no longer interested in hitting Number One in the charts every time. What I want to do is good sh*t."
- Keith Richards

Well, Richards, that is some good sh*t, if I may say so myself. Among my favorite tracks include: All Down the Line, Happy, Shake Your Hips, Sweet Virginia, I Just Want to See His Face, Casino Boogie, and Ventilator's Blues.

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