The Rolling Stones' legendary 1972 Exile On Main St. collection has topped a new “Top 10 Double Albums” list by the editors of Ultimate Classic Rock. Following the Stones at Number Two is the “Fab Four's” groundbreaking 1968 double set, The Beatles, universally known simply as the “White Album,” with Bob Dylan's watershed 1966 seventh album, the timeless Blonde On Blonde, rounding out the Top Three.
Mick Jagger told us that although Exile On Main St. remains among the most beloved of the band's golden era, newer fans discovering the album are at a slight disadvantage: “I mean, it's never quite the same. Y'know, when you discover something yourself. The thing is when you discover a new bar — you think you've discovered it and then you find out that everyone knows about it. So if you're 16 and you found this record, you'll say 'Oh! This is really interesting; have you ever heard of a record called Exile On Main St.?' I found this, it's like, really rare' And you say, 'Well everyone knows about that!' So, y'know, that's how you wanna discover things.”
During a chat with 60 Minutes, Bob Dylan tried to explain how his early songs were constructed: “My stuff were songs, y'know, they weren't sermons. They came out of the folk music realm, but it's also done with a rhythm and a certain type of poetic nuance that I don't know how I derived that.”