- 10 Oct 02
Release date: April 1972. Label: CBS. Producer: Jimmy Miller. Release date: April 1972.
The Age of Aquarius may have ended with the murder of Meredith Hunter at Altamont in 1969, but The Rolling Stones were still hell-bent on waking the dead three years later. Exile On Main Street is widely regarded as the band’s last masterpiece, the final instalment in a staggering four album flush that had begun with Beggar’s Banquet in ’68. That it was less than ecstatically received upon its release is neither here nor there: the music is still rank with the reek of utopian ideals dying on the vine.
As the title suggests, this double-set was the first fruit of the Stones’ tax exile years, a sundering from which the group never fully recovered. As the decade(nce) progressed, both Glimmer Twins seemed to become replicated, bodysnatcher-like, by the haggard survivors that still tour the planet as we speak, Jagger shape-shifting from bohemian androgyne to jaded deal-maker and socialite, Lord Richards into Nosferatu, all humanity sucked out of him by the monkey on his back.