SITTING TEN FEET IN FRONT OF
Lee Rocker’s quartet at New York City’s
Rockwood Music Hall is like sitting
on the hood of a ’59 Caddy revving its
engine as it roars down Route 66.
“That the album ever came out at all was a complete miracle,” marvels
Bill Wyman of the 1972 landmark Rolling Stones album Exile On Main St.
Though critics initially overlooked the band’s provocative blend of
American roots music with Brit-style rock (“Everybody slagged it off,”
Wyman bitterly recalls), the album has since gained recognition as one
of the Stones’ most potent statements. This year, Universal has
re-mastered the seminal double album, reissuing it with a blistering
batch of bonus tracks.