Thursday, February 27, 2014

Exile on Main Street

I originally had this on a cassette tape that I made from an LP from the Schenectady County Library, LP sides 1 and 2 on cassette side 1, and LP side 3 and 4 on cassette side 2. The tape soon suffered a characteristic failure on the media, a section turned over and was subsequentially played backwards, and sounded amazing.  Backwards tape is underrated; the reverse rhythms are quite striking.

When I bought the remastered reissue CD a couple of years ago, I first wanted to hear "Casino Boogie", then "Torn and Frayed", but the song that had most stuck in my brain since that old cassette gave out was "Let It Loose", and it is now the most played song from Exile on my iPod.

So here I once again take the opportunity the discuss what a single album of a classic double album might include.  There are 18 songs on Exile, so what are top 9 according to me?  I ask.

I like many of the cult favorites and not necessarily the popular favs; I'm not into "Tumbling Dice" or "Happy", more into the French studio excretions and the LA gospelishers.

So my 9 iz:  "Casino Boogie", "Shake Your Hips", "Torn and Frayed", "Sweet Black Angel", "Loving Cup", "Let It Loose", "All Down the Line", "Shine A Light", and "Soul Survivor".  Thems those I want to listen up with on iPod for purposes on running. (I fracture my speak to celebrate and exploit the declining prestige of prescriptivism.  On. Internet. English.)

Casino Boogie is a great take on some old blues cliche, Shake Your Hips even more so, Torn and Frayed is a classic of simple acoustic chords, Sweet Black Angel has great structure, Loving Cup was a result of Mick's gospel church take and subsequent adaptation and rip off, and song that came on abruptly after my cassette tape's backwarding, Let It Loose is my favorite song on the album; it takes up the black church musical tradition in stepping up to higher levels several times to increase the intensity, although it suffers from Mick's lyrics of pickup politics.  Mick should have given it more universal lyrical themes, then it could really be a great song, as is it is somewhat problematic to sing, his tale of picking up some girl.

All Down The Line I include because it is a moving rock song.  Shine A Light is good, but could be replaced by Rocks Off in all honesty, Rocks Off is an interesting tune with some resonance, it has unusual features, but Shine A Light  is classic, so maybe this is a tossup.  Soul Survivor belong in any distillation, the guitar architectural is good Keith, Mick had to instill a melody upon it, from the latest CD outtake you notice Keith didn't have a melody on the demo.

I have stopped listening to some of songs.  It is 2014, I can't listen generously as much no more, this has to upholster my iPod on runs during this winter with so many cruel cold days.  Running seives my tolerance for songs that can't move me.

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