Album: The Rolling Stones, Exile On Main Street (Polydor)
(Rated 5/ 5 )
Reviewed by Andy Gill
Friday, 14 May 2010
A cornerstone of the classic-rock canon, Exile On Main Street is one of the few Stones albums it's possible to recommend unreservedly, so it's a relief to report that its seamy glamour remains undiluted by the additional 10 outtakes included with this reissue.
Sure, Keith's vocal on the alternative take of "Soul Survivor" is hardly the most compelling, and Mick's vocal leer on the piano blues "I'm Not Signifying" verges on self-parodic, but tracks such as the gospel-rocker "Pass The Wine" and "So Divine", with its Arabic-flavoured guitar motif recalling "Paint It Black", wouldn't disgrace Exile itself. Elsewhere, "Good Time Woman" is an early take of what became "Tumbling Dice", while the short instrumental "Title 5" sounds like a jam on the theme of The Doors' "LA Woman".