Album: The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St (Universal)

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The greatest rock'n'roll ever played by Englishmen, remastered in a variety of luxe editions.

The one you want is the basic album with the 10 bonus tracks – a mixture of early versions, reject songs and alternative takes, all of them, by the sound of it, tinkered with plenty since that long, hot summer of 1971 in France. Who cares about the provenance, though. In essence, this is the Stones at their peak, a rhythm unit so honed that even their offcuts cut all comers, then and now. What a beautiful buzz indeed.