I commented that "Sympathy For The Devil" would not make any Rolling Stones compilation I put together, and as I typed that I knew it was inevitable that would be the Weekend Mix..
Immediately "Exile On Main Street" came to mind. It's the last great Stones album, but how would it fare next to the 3 previous, "Beggar's Banquet", "Let it Bleed", and "Sticky Fingers"?
Especially if you go song by song.
Mick Jagger has indicated that it's not his favorite. He didn't think of it as a proper album, as it came from different sessions and lacked cohesion. He once described it as sounding "lousy" with "no concerted effort of intention," adding "at the time, Jimmy Miller was not functioning properly. I had to finish the whole record myself, because otherwise there were just these drunks and junkies."
It has a side's worth of filler, or "bonus tracks", nevermind the "new" ones. I have whittled it down to a single record. I kept the sequence intact, with one exception, "Happy" was a better side opener than "Loving Cup". I like not having to sit through "I Just Want To See His Face".
Sometimes less is more.
I wonder which lp will win Sal's survey?