Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Exile on Main St.

There is a Blockbuster’s worth of "classic" movies I haven't seen, and a record store’s worth of "classic" albums. Thankfully I now have Netflix, and BitTorrent. I am attempting to fill in those gaps. Please do not leave comments saying "zomg, i can't believe u haven't seen/heard _____." Please do send suggestions.

Exile on Main St., The Rolling Stones

Here is the full list of the Rolling Stones songs, 14 in all, included on Rolling Stone’s (the magazine’s) list of the 500 greatest songs of all time:

2 – Satisfaction

32 – Sympathy for the Devil

38 – Gimme Shelter

100 – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

116 – Honky Tonk Women

124 – Jumpin Jack Flash

174 – Paint It, Black

295 – Street Fighting Man

303 – Ruby Tuesday

334 – Wild Horses

424 – Tumbling Dice

435 – Beast of Burden

490 – Brown Sugar

496 – Miss You

Why is “Tumbling Dice” bolded? It’s the only song that is also one of the 18 tracks on Rolling Stone’s (the magazine's) 7th greatest album of all time, “Exile on Main Street.” It's sort of remarkable, to me at least, for a band's "best" album to also be void of any of its most recognizable songs.

And even "Tumbling Dice" feels a bit lethargic next to the other songs on that list. Apparently Mick Jagger was disappointed that "Exile" became another a rock album. But a rock album, especially the 7th greatest of all time, would have a couple of memorable hooks. Instead, this strikes my untrained ear (someone correct me here...) as a blues album - and no surprise that my favorite track is a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Stop Breaking Down.” Exile is remarkable for it's consistency, and I suppose every riff can't shake the world.