The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street on Limited Edition Japanese Import SHM-SACD
Universally hailed as one of the five greatest albums in rock 'n' roll history, the Stones classic 1972 album Exile on Main Street wove varying musical genres, instruments, and artists into a compelling masterpiece. The 18-track double-album was famously recorded in various stages at multiple locations, including Olympic Studios in London, Keith Richards' mansion Nellcote in France, and in Los Angeles, where the literal 'Main Street' influenced the album's title.
The atypical circumstances surrounding the recording process greatly affected the album's outcome, itself highly reflective and influenced by the socio-political turbulence that marked the late 60s and early 70s. As detected throughout Exile, The Stones nixed the flower-child era's influences and directed their creative process with an edgier, excessive, "more is more" approach. Consequently, Exile reveals a sprawling mix of genres peppered with blues, country, R&B, and gospel, all mixed with lyrics that fervently demand release and liberation.
The album also called on an electric array of talent, including Dr. John, the late Billy Preston, and pianist Nicky Hopkins. Guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in the band shortly before the latter died in 1969, brings his fervent intensity and bluesy elegance to the table to go along with Richards' landmark riffs. Due to the confluence of chemistry, personnel, circumstances, and songs, there is no other album in history that quite sounds like Exile on Main Street.
From “Rocks Off,” the opening track on side one of the first record through to the closing of side two, “Soul Survivor,” the Stones conjure up a rock tapestry that leaves nothing to the imagination, and yet it leaves everything. “Tumbling Dice,” US number seven and UK number five, was the only real hit single from the album, although “Happy,” with Keith on lead vocals, made the Billboard Top Thirty.
SHM-SACD (Super High Material SACD) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance the audio-resolution. These discs are made with polycarbonate developed for the screen of the liquid crystal display. As it has a higher transparency, players can read the signal more faithfully. Also, it excels in fluidity, which enables you to cast a more accurate pit. What works wonders for a low resolution format such as CD should offer even greater sonic improvements in a real high resolution format such as SACD.
• 2-channel Single Layer SACD
• Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file
• Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection
• Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes
• This disc will ONLY work on a Super Audio Disc Player