With the re-release of the Rolling Stones 1972 gem Exile on Main St. comes this DVD documentary Stones in Exile, which takes a close look at the events leading up to, during, and after the creation of what many consider the bands greatest achievement. Though the actual documentary clocks in at just about an hour, there's an additional hour+ of bonus interviews and features to nicely round out this package.
There's no doubt the significance and importance of most of the catalog of the Rolling Stones, especially the material recorded from 1968-1974, but it's the sprawling double set that was Exile on Main St., along with Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers, that is considered by fans and critics alike to be the gems of their discography. This period is also referred to as 'the Mick Taylor years', their young virtuoso lead guitarist who was among their ranks during that period. Stones in Exile looks back on the Exile on Main St. album, initially with a modern day Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, as they travel to the various locales where the album was recorded and reminisce about the various events that happened. Vintage footage is sprinkled in (including some of the notorious B&W "Cocksucker Blues" film) with old and new interviews from the band, associates, and modern day rockers & celebrities like Jack White, Sheryl Crow, Liz Phair, Caleb Followill, Don Was, and Benicio Del Toro, all of whom are great fans of the Exile on Main St. album.
Though some might be perturbed by the lack of rehearsal footage here (there's some, but certainly not enough), or the fact that the live in concert clips, from Ladies and Gentleman...The Rolling Stones, are all truncated (worry not fans, the official DVD release of that film is coming out from Eagle Rock later in the year), there's still plenty to like here if you are a loyal fan of the band. Hearing Keith Richards and the band looking back fondly at that fruitful yet troubled time is well worth experiencing.