Stones on a roll
23rd May 2010
First we discover that Keith Richards is a skier and now The Stones are number 1 in the charts. Strange days. They are back on prime time TV too.
Exile on Main Street, recorded way back in 1972, is top of the pile.
It beat Faithless’s latest release The Dance, which was a new entry at number two on the album chart.
It has just been re-released with some extra tracks and in a recent promotional interview Keith Richards told of how he went skiing when he lived in Switzerland around the same time.
Now we knew he liked white powder……..but skiing?!
“Exile” is well worth a listen if you want to hear one of the most influential albums ever.
It influenced a shed load of musicians and many put it in their top 6 albums of all time.
To some The Rolling Stones may look like a load of washed up old men with more wrinkles than cool, but shut your eyes ignore the image and listen to the music for what it is It still sounds pretty fresh even today. May 2010.It was created over the summer in 1972 during a pretty hedonistic and drug influenced period of the band.
It was recorded in the basement of a villa in the south of France that was rented by Keith Richards.
It is the stuff of rock and roll folklore.
So who made ‘Exile’ such a success?
Well loads of people but we reckon perhaps the most under-rated musician was The Stones’ rhythm guitarist at the time.
He seems to have been airbrushed out of Rolling Stones history, but he took over from Brain Jones and was there when The Stones made some of their best music. Sticky Fingers, Exile, Goats Head Soup.
It is their first number one album since ‘Voodoo Lounge’ back in 1994.
Now the band is back on BBC 1 as well.
Strange days indeed.