Exile on Main St., the 1972 Rolling Stones magnum opus that’s generally considered to be their best studio album (though Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Aftermath, and Between the Buttons are definitely up there), will be reissued on May 17 with 10 previously unreleased tracks. The release will coincide with that of a newly filmed documentary, Stones In Exile.
Joining the classic album — which includes such long-lived favorites as “Tumbling Dice,” “Happy,” “Rocks Off,” and “All Down the Line” — will be such titles as “Plundered My Soul,” “Dancing in the Light,” “Following the River,” and “Pass the Wine,” as well as alternate versions of Exile cuts “Soul Survivor” and “Loving Cup.”
Bootlegs of Exile outtakes have circulated for years, some with quite decent sound, but this time around it’s expected that all the songs will be given a good digital scrubbing.
As was the case with last year’s reissue of the live Stones album Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out, there will be a few different Exiles to choose from: a remastered version of the original 18-track release; a “deluxe edition” including the 10 bonus tracks; and the “super deluxe” edition which adds vinyl, a 30-minute documentary DVD and a 50-page book.
Oddly, no plans for Super-Duper Deluxe Whiz-Bang edition of Dirty Work have been announced. Yet.