The Stone reports more details on the upcoming reissue of the Rolling Stones‘ Exile on Main Street 30th Anniversary Edition. As reported here previously, there are ten previously unreleased tracks. What has not been previously reported is the fact that Mick and Keith went back and futzed with them, including adding some additional tracks and even new lyrics!
“I went back in the archives and dug out a load of things,” [Jagger] says. “I added some percussion and some vocals. Keith put guitar on one or two.” Jagger wrote fresh lyrics for “Following the River,” but other than some light revisions to the other songs, “I really wanted to leave them pretty much as they were,” Keith Richards says. “I didn’t want to interfere with the Bible, you know. They still had that great basement sound.”
Added percussion, vocals, and guitars? New lyrics??? Why would they do that? What’s next, a resurrected Brian Jones collaboration a la “Free as a Bird” or “Unforgettable”? At least they had the sense to bring in Mick Taylor (!!!) to lay down new guitar parts instead of, say, calling up Slash.
We’re still holding out hope that this will be awesome and the fact that this album is finally getting the remaster treatment justifies the project as a whole, but truth be told…you DID interfere with the Bible, Keef!
Details (as we know them) of the box set contents after the jump…
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The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street 30th Anniversary Reissue Details:
• CD featuring the original 18 tracks or as a deluxe CD edition with the 10 bonus tracks.
• Super deluxe package includes vinyl, the 30-minute documentary, Stones in Exile, directed by Stephen Kijak that details the making of Exile, along with footage from Cocksucker Blues and Ladies and Gentlemen… the Rolling Stones and a 50-page collector’s book with photos from the Exile era.
Rumors around the web about the bonus tracks predict the following titles:
• Plundered My Soul
• Dancing in the Light
• Following the River
• Pass The Wine
• I Ain’t Signifying
• Aladdin Story (Jagger vocal)
• Loving Cup (alt version)
• Soul Survivor (Keith vocal)
Jagger recently refused to tell Uncut magazine when his vocals were added. “I can’t tell you. It doesn’t really matter, in a way, as long as they sound good.” I guess. It’s only rock and roll. Maybe we just have to think of the bonus disc as a “new” Stones album, sort of the Tattoo You of 2010. In that way, it’s gotta be better than anything they’ve done in twenty years…