This month marks the 50th anniversary of this truly classic Rolling Stones album. I can clearly remember buying it just a few weeks before the end of the school year and how impressed I was with this sprawling double album. It made for addictive listening and interfered with studying for final exams. Oh, well...high school was a long time ago and when I think back on all the crap I learned there it's a wonder I can think at all (thanks, Paul Simon) but I still play 'Exile On Main Street' plenty. There's a current thread about the 'It's Only Rock and Roll' and some are defending its merits but those are few and far between. There's no life on that album, no spark, no fire! Play it and then play 'Exile On Main Street' immediately afterwards. It's only a couple of years between the two albums but it sounds like two different bands. One is almost paint-by -numbers Stones and the other is swaggering, smoky, grungy , rockin' 'n' rollin' Stones. What a difference! I'm not aware of any specific 50th anniversary plans to celebrate the album. The 40th anniversary edition wasn't anything to write home about but it matters not. As long as the original album remains to entertain us all is well.