Rolling Stones Album Guide: The Good, the Great and the 'Angie'

A bluffer’s guide to the world’s greatest rock & roll Band

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'Exile on Main Street' (1972)

'Exile on Main Street' (1972)


A double-vinyl outlaw manifesto with lots of speed (musical as well as chemical) and rustic blues beauty. Basically everyone's favorite Stones album.

Key Track: "Sweet Virginia," which starts off like a goof but turns surprisingly soulful.

Best Mick Moment: His screed on "Rocks Off": "I'm zipping through the days at lightning speed/Plug in flush out and fight and fuck and feed."

Junkie Genius: Keith once boasted, "While I was a junkie, I learned to ski and made Exile on Main Street."

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