Masterpieces: The Rolling Stones-Exile on Main Street

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Exile on Main Street is a double album by The Rolling Stones. It was released on 12 May 1972 on LP by Rolling Stones Records. It was the band’s first double album and tenth studio album released in the United Kingdom. It was primarily recorded in a rented villa in Nellcôte in France while the band lived abroad as tax exiles, and is rooted in styles such as blues, rock and roll, swing, country, and gospel. The sessions for Exile on Main Street included additional musicians such as pianist Nicky Hopkins, saxophonist Bobby Keys, drummer Jimmy Miller, and horn player Jim Price, and were completed at Los Angeles’s Sunset Sound.

Although it originally received mixed reviews, some critics have since called Exile on Main St. the Rolling Stones’ best work, and it has been ranked on various lists as one of the greatest albums of all time. According to Acclaimed Music, it is the eighth most ranked record on critics’ all-time lists. A remastered and expanded version of the album was released in Europe on 17 May 2010 and in the United States on 18 May 2010, featuring a bonus disc with 10 new tracks.

In 1994, Exile on Main St was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records.  This remaster was initially released in a Collector’s Edition CD, which replicated in miniature many elements of the original vinyl album packaging, including the postcards insert.



    • Exile: The condition of someone being sent or kept away from their own country, village, etc., especially for political reasons.
    • Rooted: Having developed from something.
    • Gospel: A style of religious music originally performed by black Americans.
    • Reissue: To print or produce  something again.


  • How would you describe the album cover?

Session 1

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