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Old 03-18-2006, 02:14 AM   #1
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Exile on main street- What so good about it??

I am not a huge fan of the stones, in fact I think that they are way overrated. Anyway, a couple of mates of mine who are both huge stones fans accused me of being narrow-minded and challenged me to listen to Exile. After three listens, I really think that it's a piece of crap, and I don't know for the life of me why people rate this album so highly!! The songs on a whole seem to lack melody , and the album itself isn't pushing boundaries the way the beatles' albums used to.

Honestly, I feel that u2 would be ripped apart if they released a record of this quality, but the stones seem to get away with it.

Am I missing something here?? Do I need to give it more time and let it grow on me?? I would be interested in knowing what other people think of it...
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I liked it just fine...
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Re: Exile on main street- What so good about it??

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I am not a huge fan of the stones, in fact I think that they are way overrated. Anyway, a couple of mates of mine who are both huge stones fans accused me of being narrow-minded and challenged me to listen to Exile. After three listens, I really think that it's a piece of crap, and I don't know for the life of me why people rate this album so highly!! The songs on a whole seem to lack melody , and the album itself isn't pushing boundaries the way the beatles' albums used to.

Honestly, I feel that u2 would be ripped apart if they released a record of this quality, but the stones seem to get away with it.

Am I missing something here?? Do I need to give it more time and let it grow on me?? I would be interested in knowing what other people think of it...
if you don't like it, then you don't like it.
for me, it's THE reason that every stones album after it didn't seem as vital and great.
it's one of the best records i've ever heard.

are you missing something? i don't know.
but i know that without it, I would certainly be missing something.
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Great rock for its era and it is so raw.
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Re: Exile on main street- What so good about it??

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I am not a huge fan of the stones, in fact I think that they are way overrated. Anyway, a couple of mates of mine who are both huge stones fans accused me of being narrow-minded and challenged me to listen to Exile. After three listens, I really think that it's a piece of crap, and I don't know for the life of me why people rate this album so highly!! The songs on a whole seem to lack melody , and the album itself isn't pushing boundaries the way the beatles' albums used to.

Honestly, I feel that u2 would be ripped apart if they released a record of this quality, but the stones seem to get away with it.

Am I missing something here?? Do I need to give it more time and let it grow on me?? I would be interested in knowing what other people think of it...
I think exactly the same way. I really can't "get" the stones too
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I think exactly the same way. I really can't "get" the stones too
Agreed, just listened to it another time and am still not getting it.
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All of you who don't "get" The Stones, have you listened to their "40 Licks" compilation, because that's really a nice....nah bloody awesome bunch of classics .
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All of you who don't "get" The Stones, have you listened to their "40 Licks" compilation, because that's really a nice....nah bloody awesome bunch of classics .
I will download it of Bearshare right now...
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All of you who don't "get" The Stones, have you listened to their "40 Licks" compilation, because that's really a nice....nah bloody awesome bunch of classics .
I agree with that 100%.
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I prefer Sticky Fingers myself...

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Ahem...

What's NOT to love about Exile...? It's so raw, has a ton of great bluesy stuff on it, a decent Keef song (), and Shine A Light, one of my favorite Stones songs ever.

I also am fascinated with the entire time period in which it was recorded. There was a book of photographs taken that was out a few years ago, but it was something ridiculous like $300 and a limited edition, so sadly I never got my hands on it, but how cool would that have been?
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the name of the album. That's it
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What's NOT to love about Exile...? It's so raw, has a ton of great bluesy stuff on it, a decent Keef song (), and Shine A Light, one of my favorite Stones songs ever.

I also am fascinated with the entire time period in which it was recorded. There was a book of photographs taken that was out a few years ago, but it was something ridiculous like $300 and a limited edition, so sadly I never got my hands on it, but how cool would that have been?
The stretch from Beggar's Banquet to Exile is one of the best run of albums by any group ever. Absolute brilliance...
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The stretch from Beggar's Banquet to Exile is one of the best run of albums by any group ever. Absolute brilliance...




Most definitely... My dad is a major Stones fan, and had em all. I cut my teeth on those records, when I first got into rock and roll.
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The songs on a whole seem to lack melody, and the album itself isn't pushing boundaries the way the beatles' albums used to.
I like Exile very much, but it's definitely not one of the Stones' more accessible albums, and I find it kind of funny that your friends would pick that as the best choice to "convert" you. I'm not sure what you mean by saying the songs "lack melody," though--in the technical sense of that term, they certainly do have melodies; maybe you more have in mind the sort of thing where you can't hum them, the way you usually can with Beatles tunes? If so, that's really more a reflection of the heavy blues influence in the Stones' music, whereas the Beatles always wrote more in the classic pop vein--I guess you could describe the Stones as less "melodic" in that sense. But that's just a difference in genre, really; it has nothing to do with talent. As far as boundary-pushing, yeah, the Stones have never been known for bold experimentalism...but then neither are lots of other highly respected artists; again, that's not really a reflection on talent one way or the other.

No point in trying to force yourself to appreciate them if you just plain don't like the music, though...life's too short for that!
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Exile is a blast.

It's the perfect Saturday nite record.

It's all about loose, swagger, pleasure, pain.

It's got a blues heart and a Rock 'N Roll soul.

And it's got tons of roll.

Rock is more about head banging. Up/down.

Roll is more about hip shaking. Left/right.

Exile is a blast.
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Here's the link to the book...

http://www.genesis-publications.com/...ile/green.html

Yeah, so my birthday is next month if anyone wants to buy it for me.

They have lots of other cool things on that site, too. But cripes, I still haven't bought U2 & I at $75.
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Simply put, EOMS is where the Stones sound like real people. They're torn and frayed like the rest of us. The music sounds like they're just exposing raw nerves. There's nothing clean about that in real life and the 'messy' sounding mixes reflect that.

In contrast, most other Stones albums are very worked up in terms of their arrangements and full of performance. Jagger has always got to put on a show. Even on the studio albums.

EOMS is an exception, though. Alot of his vocals are kind of buried in the mix. It really suited the theme to do that instead of their typical up front and center vocal mixes.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by yolland
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I'm not sure what you mean by saying the songs "lack melody," though--in the technical sense of that term, they certainly do have melodies; maybe you more have in mind the sort of thing where you can't hum them, the way you usually can with Beatles tunes? If so, that's really more a reflection of the heavy blues influence in the Stones' music, whereas the Beatles always wrote more in the classic pop vein--I guess you could describe the Stones as less "melodic" in that sense. But that's just a difference in genre, really; it has nothing to do with talent.





I suppose I am after songs that I can hum to, but they also must have emotional depth to it. u2 passes the test with flying colours on both these counts and that's why I love them so much. Anyway, I guess it's just a difference in opinion, I will always judge songs without an obvious tune to it as being weak, and will look at the composers of such songs as being less talented.
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