Vintage Footage of 'Exile on Main Street'-Era Rolling Stones in Los Angeles
Rolling Stone magazine and other news outlets report that The Rolling Stones will be rereleasing their cult favorite Exile on Main Street album on May 18th:
On May 18th, Universal Music Group is re-releasing the album with 10 never-before-heard tracks, including "Plundered My Soul," "Dancing in the Light," "Following the River" and "Pass the Wine," that were produced by Jimmy Miller, the Glimmer Twins and Don Was. The disc also features alternate versions of "Soul Survivor" and "Loving Cup."
Legends around the making of the album usually focus on months of Keith-led debauchery in the South of France, featuring hanger-ons, assorted wives and groupies, Eurotrash decadence, and lots and lots of heroin. Less known is the fact that the album was finished in Los Angeles, where Mick brought the master tapes for extensive re-recording and mixing.
Some enterprising soul uploaded extremely rare footage, allegedly by genius photographer Robert Frank, of the Stones walking around Los Angeles at the time.
Here then is the Greatest Band in the World walking around the Greatest City in the World. Enjoy:
Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone when the record company asked him to dive in his files for possible bonus songs, he initially believed the band had used all they'd written on the 1972 double album. "I went back in the archives and dug out a load of things," he says. "I added some percussion and some vocals. Keith put guitar on one or two." Jagger wrote fresh lyrics for "Following the River," but other than some light revisions to the other songs, "I really wanted to leave them pretty much as they were," Keith Richards says. "I didn't want to interfere with the Bible, you know. They still had that great basement sound."
A deluxe edition of the reissue will also include Stones in Exile, a documentary directed by Stephen Kijak that tracks the making of Exile, along with footage from Cocksucker Blues, the notorious film shot by Frank during this period that the Stones have prevented from being released all these years, and Ladies and Gentlemen... the Rolling Stones. After seeing the Exile film for the first time recently, Richards says, "I must not have noticed all the cameramen while I was making the record. I was amazed at how much footage they actually found."
The Exile on Main Street reissue will be sold as a CD featuring the original 18 tracks or as a deluxe CD edition with the 10 bonus tracks. The super deluxe package includes vinyl, the 30-minute documentary DVD and a 50-page collector's book with photos from the Exile era.