Exile on Main St. Album

The Rolling Stones

About Exile on Main St.

Exile on Main St. is a studio album by English rock band the Rolling Stones. It was first released as a double album on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records and was the band's tenth studio album released in the United Kingdom. Many tracks were recorded in 1969 and 1970 at Olympic Studios and Jagger's Stargroves country house in England during sessions for Sticky Fingers. and in the summer of 1971 at a rented villa named Nellcôte in the south of France. Guitarist Keith Richards had rented the villa to live in while the band lived abroad as tax exiles. The Stones were already practiced with recording outside of a major studio, as much of the principal recording of their prior album, Sticky Fingers, had been done at Stargroves, lead singer Mick Jagger's country home in Hampshire, using a mobile recording studio. The same mobile studio was moved to Nellcôte and set up in the basement of the villa. Keith Richards lived upstairs in the main house, and frequent house guests, often other musician friends of the band, would wander down to the recording studio to jam with the band and lay down tracks. Daily recording sessions went on for hours into the night, with personnel varying greatly from day to day depending on who was present. Without the confines of a formal studio space, the sessions were fairly loose and unorganized, which shows in the eclectic tableau of songs styles and the sloppy, loose feel of the album. 


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