New re-issue to include 10 unreleased tracks
The Universal Music Group announced on Thursday that it’s re-releasing the Rolling Stones’ iconic 1972 double album “Exile on Main Street” with 10 additional previously unheard tracks.The package will be available May 18 stateside, and the day before in the U.K. The new tracks were recorded during the “Exile” sessions, which took place between 1968 and 1972, and only recently discovered while the label was working on the reissue project. Unearthed tracks include such titles as “Plundered My Soul,” “Dancing in the Light,” “Following the River” and “Pass The Wine.” Alternate versions of “Soul Survivor” and “Loving Cup” also are a part of the “Exile” bonus materials. A new documentary featuring rare archival film, photos and interviews with the band, “Stones in Exile,” has just been completed for U.S. television through BBC Worldwide. No air date has been announced yet. The original 18-track double-album — made during a peak creative period for the band and the culmination of a string of masterpieces that began with “Beggars Banquet” and continued with “Let It Bleed” and “Sticky Fingers” — was recorded in various stages at multiple locations, including Olympic Studios in London, Keith Richard’s Nellcote mansion in France and in Los Angeles. The album is considered a rock ‘n’ roll landmark, with blues, country, R&B and gospel thrown into the mix. Guest artists included Dr. John, the late Billy Preston and longtime Stones pianist Nicky Hopkins. The slide work and blues playing of Mick Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in the band shortly before Jones died in 1969, is considered a key part of the album’s timeless appeal. “Exile on Main Street” will be available in two CD formats: the original 18 track release; a deluxe CD edition with the 10 special bonus tracks; and a deluxe package that also includes vinyl, a 30-minute documentary DVD with footage from “Cocksucker Blues,” “Ladies and Gentlemen… the Rolling Stones” and “Stones in Exile,” along with a 50-page collector’s book. The 10 unreleased tracks were produced by Jimmy Miller, The Glimmer Twins (Keith Richards and Mick Jagger) and Don Was.