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  Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St.
  "Exile on Main St."

Rolling Stones
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  Single Layer
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  Formerly UIGY-9081

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Review by vonwegen December 23, 2011 (15 of 15 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Most of the other reviews that I've seen peg this SHM-SACD as "good", but after listening to it on my Sennheiser HD600 headphones, I think this is the definitive Stones hi-rez release. The clarity and stereo separation is breathtaking--every instrument suddenly sounds as clear as anything on a Steely Dan album, but without sacrificing any energy level. You can hear stuff you never heard before; for example, that Mick Taylor is playing bass using only a direct input box on "Tumbling Dice". Bill Plummer's stand-up acoustic bass suddenly sounds much cleaner and crisper on "Rip This Joint" & "Turd On The Run". Nicky Hopkins' piano sounds fabulous, especially on "Loving Cup" (and the steel drums at the song's coda are now much more evident). And Charlie Watts' drums really stand out--you can actually feel the 'thwack!' as he hits them.

There are too many highlights to list them all. Suffice it to say, even when I compared this to my needledrop of the original UK vinyl, the SACD is better--and old flaws like the master tape wrinkle in the first chorus of "Happy" are now gone. Yeah, "Just Wanna See His Face" sounds like a boombox tape with studio overdubs, but now Jimmy Miller's drums are much more lifelike.

I used to think Sticky Fingers was the showcase disc of this SHM-SACD series, but Exile is even better. Yeah, it is expensive. Treat yourself--you only live once! Go and grab it before it goes out of print!

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Review by Lucabeer May 29, 2012 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Definitely better than the Redbook releases, the difference is noticeable! Finally we can listen to this album with good presence, depth, clarity and frequency extension. Sure, it never was a particularly "hi-fi" recording (most takes were done in Richards' villa in France, not in a professional studio), and it has always sounded a bit "crowded", but believe me: this is the best it has ever sounded, by a long shot.

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Review by trich727 January 6, 2012 (3 of 14 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Whoa! Hold off ordering this one based on 1 review! Wow, I am on my initial listen on a sub - par system, but I have learned over the years what to expect on my serious system, and this disc is far too bright. If anything, I had hoped it would have been "tamed" a bit from the most recent recent remasters, on SHM-SACD, but the first 2 tracks hurt my ears. I'm now on track 5 and it's still too bright.

I'll do a more conclusive review on my main system this weekend, but for right now, hold off buying this SACD. I did a quick A-B to the Anniversary Remaster, and the latest Anniversary cd remaster sounded better (although, not as much depth). I haven't compared it to my Virgin remaster yet. I'm now on track 8 again, and it still sounds too bright, and totaly lacking in warmth to me. I trust my sub - par system and my ears, and expect similar results on my main system. A real let down on a great album. Track 11, same..... Tom

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