"We cut the track 'Sweet Black Angel' on the lawn, with the microphones outside," Mick Jagger recalled of the Rolling Stones' infamous sessions for Exile on Main Street last night in New York. "Just because we could." Jagger, Keith Richards, and producer Don Was were joined by admirers like ?uestlove, Saturday Night Live's Will Forte and Kristen Wiig, and Jimmy Fallon at the Museum of Modern Art for a screening of the new documentary Stones in Exile. The film, which tracks the recording of the 1972 album (due as a reissue May 18th), will debut on Fallon's show Friday as part of the host's week-long celebration of the reissue. "You see footage of the Rolling Stones recording the record and it's just booze, drugs and girls," says Fallon. "It's pretty out of control."
The new edition of Exile comes bundled with previously unreleased tracks like "Following the River," "Plundered My Soul" and "Dancing in the Light" (for more on the release, check out The Secrets Behind Exile on Main Street .) Jagger wrote and recorded new lyrics for these tunes, and while he wasn't able to conjure the same vocal style he had in the Seventies, he was still inspired after watching old footage of the band. "I said, 'Sod it,' " Jagger told RS with a laugh. "I’m just going to sing it like I want to sing it. It's no longer Keith's basement."
With the epic Exile project behind them, the Stones revealed which album they'd like to tackle next for a deluxe reissue: 1978's Some Girls. "I don't really want to play around with it too much," Richards said, "but if we can retain the basic sound and feel of it…" Was confirmed leftovers do indeed exist from those sessions. "There's a lot from the Some Girls and Emotional Rescue period," he said. "There are eight or nine really good songs that don't go on the album each time for some reason — maybe there's too many ballads or something like that. But they could make a lot of albums from unused material." If he had his way, Was would gather up Stones leftovers for a series of LPs. "I don't know if it's got to be linked to a specific album — It doesn't have to be for musicologists," he said. "Maybe you just put 10 great songs together from a long time ago, like [the rarity] 'Give Me a Hamburger,' which was recorded a little to early to make the new Exile. You could do 10 albums like that, easy."
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