Today marks the street date for the new reissue of the Stones’ Exile on Main Street, for our money the best blues-rock has to offer. The original album comes bundled with a slew of dropped tracks and other completist candy, but the big news is a handful of unfinished songs that the Glimmer Twins went back in the studio to finish up.
More importantly, they’re keeping the gloriously muddy mix intact. If you don’t have a copy of your own, now’s your chance to catch up.
Their four and a half albums are being brought together for a compilation titled Minotaur with new packaging, artwork, and a bonus live set circa 1991. The real surprise is that they’re skipping the usually obligatory remastering, so the sound will be every bit as crisp (or murky) as it always was. Naturally, there’s a set of Limited and Deluxe editions tagging along, but as far as we’re concerned, a new set of platters is all you need.