ROLLING STONES RETURN TO MAIN STREETThis falls under the category of Now I Can Die Happy, basically. In fact, my feeling about Exile has always been summed up by the phrase Cameron Crowe used to describe The Beatles -- you still can't buy a better album. So you can bet I'll be devouring this deluxe version the minute it hits the stores.
If, after listening to all 18 tracks and 67 minutes of the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street, you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Boy, I could really do with a few more scuzzy, skeevy, down-and-dirty Stones tracks from those same sessions,” your ship has just come in. (And we think that’s Keith Richards dangling perilously from the crow’s nest.) Universal Music said that it would re-release Exile on Main Street, the 1972 Rolling Stones double album. The new version, which will get a United States release on May 18, will include 10 new tracks, with titles like “Plundered My Soul,” “Dancing in the Light,” “Following the River” and “Pass the Wine.” It will also feature alternate versions of songs like “Soul Survivor” and “Loving Cup.” A deluxe edition of the album will also include a DVD of a new Rolling Stones documentary, Stones in Exile.
I should also add that the documentary mentioned at the end of the Times item is supposed to include large sections of filmmaker Robert Franks legendary and highly litigated over the years Cocksucker Blues, a work said by those who've seen it (a group that does not include your humble scribe) to be pretty much the definitive document of the sort of rock decadence that was fashionable in the immediate exhausted wake of the 60s. I'm particularly looking forward to the topless footage of Bianca Jagger, but perhaps I've said too much.