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Old 06-04-2010, 11:10 PM
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Default "Exile On Main Street" Re-Issue

For my birthday my wife gave me the new re-issue of my favorite rock 'n roll album. It's a big package. Not only does it have the original album-sized sleave, one of the best album covers of all time, it has real vinyl records along with the the three CDs. There are ten un-released songs from those sessions and also included is a big hard-cover book with photos from the sessions in France. It's very impressive.

When I was a kid I listened to this record over and over. It was a real "sixties is over" record, dark and messy, drug-addled and nervous and a little paranoid. It really fit the mood of those times. But it's solidly great rock 'n roll, the best work the Stones ever produced in my opinion. It also has some of Charlie Watts' best playing on it.

So I'm going to have a few beers and listen to some of it tonight, take a trip down memory lane back to the time when all young musicians wanted to look like Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones owned rock n' roll. I saw them in Charlotte when they toured the states on that album and it was just bloody great. They had Jim Price on trumpet, Bobby Keyes on sax and Nicky Hopkins on piano. The first song they played was "Rocks Off." Wow! Their opening act was Stevie Wonder.

Has anyone else heard it yet?
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