Thursday, May 20, 2010
Happy? : The Exile Epilogue
For the record, the credits, unlike most reissues, show no mention of remixing or remastering. I don't remember reading anywhere prior to this release that "Exile On Main Street" was going to be "remixed," so I can't believe that it was. When I purchased the most recent UME remaster of "Sticky Fingers," I still had my Virgin remaster from 2000-whatever, so I was able to compare. I liked the new version more. Unfortunately, I got rid of my Virgin 2000-whatever remaster of "Exile" before this version arrived, so I couldn't do the old A-B. So if all of you are waiting patiently for THAT verdict, I can't help you.
I will admit my ears are playing tricks on me. Bothered by the newly recorded vocals and overdubbing on Disc Two, I can now no longer trust Mick Jagger. "Are the lead vocals no longer buried on Rocks Off?" "Was that an added guitar run at the end of Rocks Off?" "Is that due to the remastering or was it remixed?" "Is there a second drummer on the grassy knoll?"
If you have $20, I can't see why any of you would be disappointed having this new release. If you think you are buying something you already own, you're not. Would you spend $15 on "Exile Outtakes" if it had been released separately? Sure you would! So for another $5 you get the greatest rock and roll album ever, sounding...possibly better and possibly different, depending on your ears.
OH...I was ready to spin Side 3 of the vinyl last night, only to find another copy of Sides 1 & 2. I had to pack the big baby up, and send it back to Amazon. So it goes in the life of Mr. Burning Wood.