Exile On Main Street vs The White Album smackdown contest

NOTE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Steve Villegas and Ray D. Davis! Thanks to everyone for entering. Feel free to keep the debate going, and stay tuned for more contests.

Universal Music Group is re-releasing The Rolling Stones’ album Exile On Main Street with 10 never-before-heard tracks. Regarded as one of the greatest albums in rock ‘n’ roll history and one of the most defining of the Stones’ catalogue, Exile will be available May 17, 2010, in the U.K. and May 18, 2010, in the US.

Upon its release more than three decades ago, Exile on Main Street innovatively wove varying musical genres, instruments and even artists into a compelling rhythmic masterpiece. This new compilation features 10 tracks originally recorded during the Exile era and only recently discovered while working on the reissue project. The unearthed tracks which include such titles as “Plundered My Soul,” “Dancing in the Light,” “Following the River” and “Pass The Wine” have undergone a unique evolution, while staying true to the essence of the 1972 album. Alternate versions of “Soul Survivor” and “Loving Cup” also are a part of the Exile bonus materials.

To commemorate the re-release we've got a special Exile On Main Street vs The White Album smackdown contest that we're super excited about! We've been asking our music fan friends the question, "Exile On Main Street or The White Album?" for several weeks now and it's been fun to hear the different opinions, arguments and perspectives on the topic, so we'd like to open the discussion up to you here. What do you think?

Exile On Main Street or The White Album?

Exile on Mainstreet - the Rolling StonesPut your thoughts in the comments on this blog post and two winners will be selected (one Exile fan and one White Album fan).

Prize #1 is an uncut double sided proof sheet from the coffee table book that comes in the limited edition super deluxe re-issue package. One side has duplicate photos of Gram Parsons at the piano and Gram Parsons & Keith Richards while the flip side has text as shown in the photo. (photo by Dominic Tarle) (The album cover is shown in the photo only to give a perspective on the size of the sheet which measures 26" wide x 40" tall.) Only 5 of these were created and the lucky winner of this contest will receive one of them. The prize also includes the 2CD re-issue with 12 page booklet and 10 previously unreleased tracks.

Rolling Stones - Exile on Mainstreet
Prize #2 is a 7 inch vinyl single of the previously unreleased "Plundered My Soul" with "All Down the Line" on the B side (only 5,000 of these were pressed) and the 2CD re-issue with 12 page booklet and 10 previously unreleased tracks.

NOTE: all entries must be posted as comments on this blog. Entries posted via Twitter, Facebook, and in other places on this site will not be considered. To enter your comment, simply scroll to the bottom of this page and enter text in the comment field, then click "Add comment." All entries must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on May 24, 2010, with the winners being announced the next day.

Good luck!

Now tell us: Exile on Main Street or the White Album?

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Comment by Michael DesAulniers on May 19, 2010 at 11:28am
Exile; in my opinion is by far the better of the two. There is a sense of cohesion to it that you never really got from the White Album. I truly love both, and well remember when my older brother came home with the White Album, listening to it for the first time how Disjointed it seemed there were some great songs (Dear Prudence) - still one of my all time favs While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Back in the U.S.S.R., Happiness is a Warm Gun, Everybody's Got Something to Hide, Helter Skelter; all fantastic but then you had Revolution 9 - A total piece of dreck ... I will (i Would'nt) and because I was just a young teen living in Canada I had no idea that there was already lots of acrimony amongst them during the recording and they were seldom in the recording studio at the same time. Where as Exile on Main Street, from the opening chords of Rocks Off : did just that! There simply is not a weak cut on the Album, and to this day sounds vibrant and alive.
Comment by DrMikey on May 19, 2010 at 4:51pm
Sluggo, Just went out and spent $10 at Wal*Mart for the basic EOMS and listened to it on the way home. I do plan to listen to it again to see what I missed. At this point it's the "same old same old' from the Stones, who peaked with "Satisfaction." I'll most likely give it to a friend and go back to the Beatles, though I admit I listened to Beggar's Banquest last night to harken back to the Stones when I could tolerate them. Please remind me which songs Keith and Bill sing on so I can play them again, judt to hear something different. Good thing the Beatles didn't want "I Wanna Be Your Man" and gave it to the Stones. Mighty big of George H to point Decca in the direction of the Stones, too.
Comment by sluggo on May 19, 2010 at 5:36pm
dr.mikey ..you yourself said you like Satanic Majesties..Bill Wyman sang In Another Land on it..as for Keith singing..well give Exile another listen because he sings Happy..besides we are talking about rock and roll here and the white lp is def. not rock and roll..peace and turd on the run!
Comment by sluggo on May 19, 2010 at 5:37pm
dr.mikey..ps..sluggo don`t do walmart...
Comment by DrMikey on May 19, 2010 at 10:10pm
Sluggo, you are right. The Stones were much more R&R than the Beatles. It depends on how you define it, but I would include USSR, Birthday, Yer Blues, . . . Me and My Monkey, Revolution 1, and (most definitely Helter Skelter) as R&R on the White Album. But sure, it had other types of songs as well, and I also don't really dig the musique concrete of Revolution 9. I blame it on Yoko. Maybe R&R actually peaked with Chuck Berry and Little Richard. I'll give another listen to EOMS, but so far it doesn't compare with earlier Stones LPs like Aftermath, Betweeen the Buttons, Beggar's Banquet, and Let It Bleed. I think Brian Jones's departure (and subsequent "death by misadventure") really hurt the band. As for Walmart, I don't really like them, but living in a small town, if I don't shop there my friends and neighbors don't get paid.
Comment by Fat Pete on May 20, 2010 at 6:12am
Dr Mikey, great reply!! I dont do walmart either...but i can understand some of the places I have been, you realy have no choice. The only way out is the internet...or mail order..
The Stones are just more about R&R ... I always had trouble with the beatles they were too cutsie for me... and the Yoko thing sheeesh!Talk about hurting the band..
I think the Beatles were brilliant with being imaginative and creative ...but with sticky fingers and Exile ...It feels like they made the decision to be the Rolling Stones as is and not compete with the beatles...R&R is a way of life ... not necessarily a journey ...
Comment by Craig Johnson on May 20, 2010 at 2:32pm
I think I posted this in the wrong place before so I'll re-post it here:

The White Album is automatically disqualified because of "Revolution #9" & "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?"

"Exile" automatically wins because Keith, unlike on the Expensive Winos experiment, sings the livin' bejesus out of a couple of classics and Mick hasn't yet become a parody of himself.

For anyone still on the fence, The Beatles (and I love the Beatles) could never have recorded a great album while strung out on smack. Not even John.

And finally, and definitively, it ain't country without the western and it sure as hell ain't rock without the roll!
Comment by Michael DesAulniers on May 21, 2010 at 9:45am
Very well put Mr. Johnson
Comment by Bob Madera on May 22, 2010 at 2:47pm
When Sgt. Pepper's came out it was widely held to be a masterpiece by most critics, except for one. That one was Richard Goldstein, writing for the Village Voice, who said Sgt. Pecker was the beginning of the end for the Beatles as a band. The White Album was the end of the end. No longer touring, adrift in the aftermath of their overblown psychedelia, soon to split up once and for all. A nice collection of songs, but nothing more. Exile is also and end of sorts; the last great Stones album. But while no one would argue that the White Album was the Beatles greatest, that honor surely belonging to either Rubber Soul or Revolver (a great double there!) Exile was a peak, coming on the heels of three other great albums- Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, and Sticky Fingers. The Stones might have been Torn and Frayed at the time, but the Beatles were staggering when the White Album came out, soon to fall over dead. Meanwhile, the Stones are still going. Exile, first round knockout.
Comment by Quonk on May 22, 2010 at 3:04pm
The only fair way to judge these two brilliant masterpieces is by qualifying and analyzing them into specific categories as the albums are simply too different. Not only are the albums different in their approach and delivery, but the bands themselves are polar opposites in many ways. And we must begin with the producers, George Martin representing The White Album, while Exile brought us a production "team" of eight (!) different people, most notably Andy and Glyn Johns. The White Album, like other Beatle albums of this era, were smooth, polished, precise, and sound like they could have been produced today. Exile was dark, musty, and as critic Robert Christgau said at the time, was "murk...burying Mick's voice under layers of cynicism, angst, and ennui." The dark feel of Exile probably represents another dark reality at the time of the recording: heroin. Yet ironically, while the Beatles music could not really be called "dark," the band was certainly going through a period of feuding and bitter emotions, experiencing their own Helter Skelter. So how do we compare these? How do you compare Citizen Kane with Annie Hall? Apocolapse Now with The Godfather? Rip This Joint vs. While My Guitar Gently Weeps? Sweet Black Angel with Revolution? The Beatles were singing about ice cream (Savoy Truffle) while Keith was sticking needles in his arm and Mick was writing about ballrooms and smelly bordellos, and dressing rooms filled with parasites (Torn and Frayed)! Now how the heck do you compare that? About the only common denominator on these two amazing albus is all the extra musicians used by both bands. The Stones used 20 different extra musicians on Exile. The Beatles used 19, more than they had ever used on an album. So how do I compare them? I don't. When I feel like eating pizza, I eat pizza. When I crave Chinese, I eat Chinese. I don't eat them together and I don't listen to Exile and The White Album together either. We should just be grateful we have these two masterpieces to enjoy, year after year, decade after decade!


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