Published Feb 26, 2010Have you ever cleaned your room and found something awesome that you forgot you'd ever had? Imagine that you're Rolling Stones' Keith Richards or Mick Jagger, and you find songs from one of your greatest musical eras that you never even knew existed. Now imagine you're yourself, getting extremely excited to hear those songs, and that this is all happening for real.
As Rolling Stone reports, Richards and Jagger recently went digging in their archives and unearthed some audio gold for the forthcoming reissue of their 1972 double-album classic Exile on Main Street. According to Jagger, he'd totally forgotten the songs existed, but was pleased to find ten never-before-heard tracks, including "Plundered My Soul," "Dancing in the Light," "Following the River" and "Pass the Wine," all of which will be included on the reissue.
Jagger says, "I added some percussion and some vocals. Keith put guitar on one or two," but other than these few adjustments, the duo felt it better to keep the songs as close to the originals as possible. As Richards put it, "I didn't want to interfere with the Bible, you know. They still had that great basement sound."
Also unearthed was the Stephen Kijak-directed documentary Stones in Exile, which documents the making of the album. Having watched it for the first time ever, Richards remarked, "I must not have noticed all the cameramen while I was making the record. I was amazed at how much footage they actually found."
The documentary, along with snippets from Cocksucker Blues and Ladies and Gentlemen... the Rolling Stones will be included on a DVD packed with one version of the reissue.
The Exile on Main Street reissue is due May 17, and will come in three editions: a regular CD that comes with all 18 original tracks, a deluxe CD version that comes with the original tracks plus the ten never-before-heard tracks, and a super-deluxe version that includes the deluxe CD with bonus tracks, a vinyl copy of the album, a 30-minute documentary DVD and a 50-page collector's book with photos from the Exile era.