Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams


Exile On Main St. (1972) by The Rolling Stones is one of the most celebrated albums of all time, and signaled the end of their golden age.

This double album of blues drenched decadence was recorded primarily in a makeshift studio in the basement of a house that Keith Richards was renting in France while the Stones were tax exiles from their native England.

It was a dark time for the band in more than just financial terms, as Keith was addicted to heroin while the sessions were taking place. The Stones didn’t all make it to the studio at the same times, so the tracks were put together in pieces and the resulting chaotic circumstances fueled the passions and drug dependent desperation of the songs.

I can’t even make a list of favorite tracks for Exile, because the entire collection is just pure bliss for my ears and spirit. I originally bought it on vinyl, and each side of the album kind of had its own the me. Side two in particular had this acoustic country blues swagger that was just irresistible. Sides one and four were more rock, blues, and swing (more pure Rolling Stones style), while Side three delved into some gospel and a little more experimental edge to the blues.

No doubt about it, from roughly 1968 to 1972, The Rolling Stones recorded some of the most inspired and monumental music in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

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