When the Rolling Stones crafted “Exile on Main Street,” “we were hunkered down in an improvised bunker in a foreign country with a truck as a control room,” Keith Richards says with a gruff laugh. “It was basically a last stand.”
And a lasting one. “Exile,” a 1972 landmark considered a creative peak by a band on a hot streak, returns to stores Tuesday to launch a catalog re issue campaign.
Recorded mostly in France, the British group’s fabled double album arrived on the heels of milestones “Let It Bleed” in 1969 and “Sticky Fingers” in 1971. Exile’s murky, rhythmic thicket of seductive rock, blues, soul, gospel and country rejected ’60s flower power and set the stage for ’70s excess and decadence, encapsulating the turmoil of a generation while embodying a masterful density that would transcend the times.
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