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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Coming Soon: The Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main St Deluxe Vinyl Edition / Book Review: 33 1/3 Continuum Series
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3/8/10 UPDATE: Release dates of May 17 in the UK and May 18 in the U.S., along with additional details have now been confirmed for the upcoming expanded editions of Exile on Main St. The remastered album will be available in three configurations: a single cd remastered version of the original album; a deluxe cd expanded edition containing the original album and ten previously unreleased tracks; and a super deluxe vinyl edition containing the original album, ten unreleased tracks, a dvd, and a collectors book containing photos from the era. The ten additional tracks will be comprised of completely new songs, such as: Following the River, Plundered My Soul, Dancing in the Light, Sophia Loren, I Ain't Signifying, as well as alternate versions of Soul Survivor, Loving Cup, and All Down the Line. The DVD is said to contain excerpts from Cocksucker Blues, Ladies and Gentlemen . . . the Rolling Stones, and a new documentary entitled, The Stones in Exile.
In addition, Mick Taylor has been confirmed as being involved in the project, presumably contributing guitar overdubs for the unfinished tracks--but Jagger has been vague on his exact role. There has yet to be any mention of any credits to Gram Parsons on any of the new cuts. As for the collectors book of photos from the era, everything points to the inclusion of work from photographer Dominique Tarlé, who spent the summer at Nellcôte with the band, and took the photos shown below--as well as this one, shown courtesy of the San Francisco Art Exchange:
Check back often, as I will continue to post updates on this exciting reissue!
With the news that the Rolling Stones will be reissuing their 1972 classic, Exile on Main Street this spring, speculation has begun to mount regarding how deluxe and expanded the reissue will be. Will it contain unreleased songs? Will it contain alternate versions of previously released material? Will there be a vinyl version? Finally, which members of the Rolling Stones--past and present, will be involved in this reissue? Will it bring renewed involvement by bassist Bill Wyman, who retired from the group in 1992, or even Mick Taylor, who played on Exile and with the band from 1969-1974? Will songs featuring Gram Parsons, who was present at Nellcôte during the summer of 1971 finally surface?
All of these questions remain unanswered, yet, at least three previously unreleased songs have already been reported to be on this new reissue: Following The River, Plunder My Soul, and Sophia Loren. The question that remains is how much more will be released?
Late last year, the band released an expanded super deluxe vinyl reissue of their live album, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out, that included previously unreleased concert material, a DVD featuring concert footage from Madison Square Garden, and full-sized liner notes and photos from famed photographer Ethan Russell, who originally documented the 1969 tour from which the album was sourced.
Although the Exile reissue will be released by the Universal Music Group (UMG) rather than Abkco (which reissued the Ya-Yas release), it should be fairly safe to assume that this expanded release will follow a similar format given the legendary status that Exile has amassed over the years.
I recently paid a visit to the San Francisco Art Exchange, where one can view limited edition large format prints of photos taken by Dominique Tarlé during the Exile sessions at Nellcôte. One look at the photos, and you can see that these were no ordinary recording sessions. If you're a fan of this album and can make the trip, I highly recommend it. Genesis Publications released a strictly limited edition book of these photos in 2001, simply entitled Exile. Long out of print and difficult to find, the book commands at least several thousand dollars on Ebay--if and when it becomes available.
Should Tarlé be involved in this reissue project in a similar fashion to Russell's involvement with Ya-Yas, it could finally allow a much larger audience to get that much closer to these legendary recording sessions. In the meantime, you can take a look at some of Tarlé's Nellcôte photos right now, courtesy of the San Francisco Art Exchange via the links below.
Keith Richards with Telecaster, with Anita Pallenberg,
Gram Parsons, Gretchen Burrell
Keith Richards and Gram Parsons
Keith Richards and Gram Parsons
Mick Taylor, recording at Nellcote
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Keith Richards on guitar, Gram Parsons at piano
Book Review: Exile on Main St (Continuum 33 1/3 Series)
I recently read several of the 33 1/3 books from Continuum, including this edition covering Exile on Main St. Bill Janovitz covers the album from the perspective of both a musician and fan. Even if you already know the history of the album, you'll enjoy Janovitz's perspective and analysis. Although it starts out kind of slow, with a bit too much discussion of the Robert Frank album art, it makes for an entertaining read once Janovitz gets around to discussing the record itself--and it serves as a nice companion to the album.
Janovitz dissects each song, discussing the contributions of each of the musicians, as well as the album's gospel, country and soul influences--never once hiding the fact that he is an enormous fan. While not a definitive account of the making of the record, I must say that this pocket-sized account, along with listening to the record and my recent in-person viewing of the Nellcôte photos, has brought me closer to this classic recording than I've ever been before.
Related: The Rolling Stones in Concert: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! -- Super Deluxe Edition Vinyl Box Set
Posted by My Vinyl Review at Wednesday, January 06, 2010