The global listening party Classic Album Sundays continues on the last weekend in June. This month's subject is the 1972 Rolling Stones double-album Exile on Main St., a record that routinely appears on lists of "Greatest Rock Albums of All Time."
Created during a turbulent period in the band's life (they were living in France at the time to avoid the UK tax man, and half the group spent the recording sessions strung out on herion), the album incorporates pretty much every style and influence the Stones' learned from American music, including Blues, Soul, Gospel, and Country.
The way the sausage was made only adds to the record's folklore. In the end, the Stones achieved a sound and feel that few groups (including themselves) would manage to match during the Rock era.
Colleen from CAS has written an excellent retrospective on this album, and Sam has prepared playlists that highlight some of the work that influenced the band as well as music that was in turn influenced by this album.
The Chicago branch of CAS will gather at Saturday Audio Exchange (1021 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657) this Sunday, June 25th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to spin the record on super hi-fi equipment. The evening's schedule of events is as follows:
5:30-6:30 pm: Sam will play a musical leadup playlist of artists that inspired or have been inspired by The Rolling Stones, including Slim Harpo, Twin Peaks, Alabama Shakes, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Dr. John. Sam-made lemonade and Dark Matter Coffee coffee is available for free to attendees. It's also BYOB.
6:35 pm: Sam gives presentation on Exile on Main St., detailing its recording process and lyrical content
6:45 pm: Sam drops the needle on Exile on Main St.
Tickets to the event are $5 and can be purchased at the CAS Chicago EventBrite page.