Maybe the Best Record Ever......
Mr.Hardy | Winter Garden, Florida | 07/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For 35 years I've been listening to Exile and I still find it hard not to listen to the whole thing every time. A true double album without one song that I don't love. Possibly the greatest double album ever made and maybe the best ever, certainly in the all time top 10. Still, I know people that don't care for Exile, but I've never accused any one of them of having any taste. This USA Collection version is the best I've ever heard in any format. As soon as I heard the intro to "Rocks Off", I heard a clarity between the guitars that I never heard before and pretty much every song is improved for me. I own a few of these SACD's and they all sound great on my cd walkman, although I still have never actually heard a SACD player."
One of the Greatest Records of All Time
Sara Hackett | from the Darkside | 06/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't tell you how often I play this record and the images it conjures up. I can imagine Mick and Keith sitting around drinking Bordeaux wine as they go over the recordings in Keith's house in Nice. If ever there was a rock and roll record, well this is it. How can you not get up and dance to "Rip this Joint" or "Tumbling Dice?" How can you not slowly sway to "Sweet Virginia?" Mick really sings his heart out on that one. The music here flows without effort between Rock, Gospel, Country and Blues and you never notice. This is one of those albums you have to take as a whole and as a whole it's an experience that if relived over and over again, hearing something new, imagining something different, each and every time. Right now I'm listening to Mick Taylor's gorgeous slide guitar work on "All Down the Line" and I'm reveling in it even while I can hardly wait for "Stop Breaking Down" and "Shine a Light," which is my favorite song on the record. This record has made the top hundred on just about everybody's all time list. It's twelve on VH1's, seven on Rolling Stone's (the Magazine's not the band's) and something like five on mine."