Re: EXILE ON MAIN STREET - the Stones greatest?

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Posted by moondog on July 19, 1999 at 21:06:35:

In Reply to: EXILE ON MAIN STREET - the Stones greatest? posted by the sweet black angel on July 19, 1999 at 02:34:50:

: Just one question, one you may have asked yourself recently: what does Keno have against Exile? Sure he likes Happy, Tumbling Dice and Sweet Virginia, but what about the rest of this staggering achievement? I think it might be the lack of "classic" rock tunes, a murky, muddy blues-based style. I know Keno likes Hot Rocks, and Exile is the antithesis of the greatest hits theory - deep, obscure, historical. This is not intended as a put-down to Keno, who's site i like and appreciate, but perhaps he should give it another listen. it lacks the precision of beggars banquet and sticky fingers, but it is a joy in itself.

: for the sake of brevity i'll hold off praising Exile, but anyone who agrees with my opinion, please let me know what you think. "Rocks Off" - the most infectious four minutes ever? ("Brown Sugar" it's only rival.)

: Defend the masterworks, long and difficult as they may be. The unwieldy ones need our love.

: the sweet black angel

Exile is good, but to me it is not great. I am amazed at how good it is when I consider all the shit that was going on at the time. It's to looonnngggg. Some of the songs are great, but others make me want to bang my head againt the wall. Beggars Banquet and Let it Bleed. Now those are the greatest if you ask me. I have a 3 disk c.d. player and it's always those 2 and then what ever I'm in the mood for. Lots of Goats Head Soup.
Exile does not strike me as a blues piece. I love the blues so I'm not ignorant here. The Stones play great blues, but Exile is not one of those selections.

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