ROLLING STONES - CD
EXILE ON MAIN ST.SESSIONS 1969-72

LABEL:
Mayflower MF 110-111
SOURCE:
Disc One, Track 1: Villa Nellcote, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France 10th July-late July and 14th October-23rd November 71, Tracks 4,8,10: Olympic St. London 16 June 69-27 July 69; Tracks 2,5: Sunset St. & Elektra St. Los Angeles 17 Oct.-2 Nov.69, Track 3: Olympic St. London July 70, Track 11: Olympic St. London 23 July 70, Tracks 7: Olympic St. London 16 June-27 July 70, Tracks 9,10, 15,16: Newbury, Stargroves 17-31 Oct.70; Tracks 6,9,17: Sunset St. Los Angeles 4-19 Dec.71; Disc Two, Tracks 1,15,16: Sunset St. Los Angeles, 4th-19th December 71, Tracks 2-4: Newbury, Stargroves 17-31 Oct.70, Tracks 3-14: Villa Nellcote, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France : 10th July-late July and 4th October-23rd November 71;Tracks; Tracks 17-19: Sunset Sound St. 28 March 72.
FORMAT:
2 Picture cds
RUNNING TIME:
75.00/79.56
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard stereo except for Disc Two, Tracks 17-19: soundboard mono.
PACKAGING:
double slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 8.5 / PERFORMANCE 10

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Loving Cup III, 2. All Down The Line I, 3. (I Can t Seem To) Get A Line On You, 4. Jiving Sister Fanny I, 5. Hillside Blues, 6. Shine A Light III, 7. Leather Jacket, 8. I m Going Down, 9. Shake Your Hips II, 10. All Down The Line II, 11. Shine A Light II, 12. Dancing In The Light, 13. Who Am I ?, 14. Good Time Women, 15. Shake Your Hips III, 16. Sweet Virginia III, 17. Sweet Black Angel II

Disc Two: 1. Stop Breaking Down III, 2. Potted Shrimp, 3. Aladdin Story, 4. Travellin Man, 5. Let It Loose II, 6. I m Not Signifying I (on cover Ain t Gonna Lie), 7. Rocks Off, 8. All Down The Line IV, 9. Instrumental, 10. Ventilator Blues I, 11. Rip This Joint II, 12. Soul Survivor II, 13. Loving Cup IV, 14. All Down The Line V, 15. All Down The Line VI, 16. Turd On The Run, 17. I Don t Care, 18. Exile On Main St. Blues, 19. Exile On Main St. Blues.

 
REVIEW:

After the official release of the Exile on Main Street box set many labels have stopped issuing discs containing outtakes versions; this one is the first to present the versions commonly known as the Nicky Hopkins tapes together with other tracks coming from that era in excellent quality.

Basically Disc One has some songs that have nothing to do with exile (Jiving Sister Fanny, I m Going Down Hillside Blues etc.) as well as many official tracks (Shake Your Hips III, Shine A Light III) as well as songs that have been released on the Exile Remaster album in 2010; we can just get from this disc Sweet Virginia   that has no backing vocals, Sweet Black Angel which is the instrumental backing track and All Down The Line I acoustic version that are presented with no hiss at all.

More backing tracks on Disc Two: Let It Loose, Rocks, Off, All Down The Line, Rip This Joint, Soul Survivor which together with the Instrumental come from the Nicky Hopkins tapes. I had hoped they would have been not mp3 sourced but that does not seem to be the case, however these tracks are presented in the best sounding versions de-clicked and with no hiss, sporting clear stereo separation. A puzzling track is Ventilator Blues which seems to be the rehearsal take from Crossfire Hurricane, though there are vocals,  All Down The Line V is the early mix while VI is the US b single track which is slightly different from the one released on Exile, Turd On The Run conversely is official song, no known outtakes of this song are reported to exist.  The 1st Exile Blues is the basic track used to promote the album, the 2nd is in fact the same track with an announcer that speaks over it, none of these is the NME flexi version which included short excerpts of the songs Jagger referred to in the clip. Packaging is very nice with great photos, inside the front cover there is a list of other Stones releases from this label, unfortunately with some mistake(Rock n Roll Circus Outtakes called Beggars Banquet Outtakes), the inaccuracy is reflected on the sources printed on the back cover which are mainly incorrect.   So what can we say about this? Basically nothing new although collectors will find the outtakes on Disc Two is the best possible quality so far; hopefully some day they will come out in full hi-fi glory.   

 


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