October 10-November 25, 1977: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France
December 5-21, 1977: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France
January 5-March 2, 1978: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France
August 23-September 6, 1978: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA
June 25-August 30, 1979: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France
September 16-October 8, 1979: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France 

Overdubbed & mixed:

January-April 1994: A&M Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
August 2011:
La Fourchette (Le Fork Studios) (Mick Jagger's home studio), Pocé sur Cisse, France
September 2011:
Electric Lady Studios, New York, USA; Berkeley Street Studio, Santa Monica, USA; Mix This!, Los Angeles, USA

Producers: The Glimmer Twins, Chris Kimsey and Don Was 
Chief engineers: Chris Kimsey, Krish Sharma and Matt Clifford
Mixer: Bob Clearmountain
Released: November 2011
Original label: Universal Music/A&M Records

Contributing musicians: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood, Ian Stewart, Sugar Blue, Don Was, Chuck Leavell, Matt Clifford, John Fogerty.

So Young
Do You Think I Really Care
When You're Gone
No Spare Parts
Don't Be a Stranger
We Had It All
Tallahassee Lassie
I Love You Too Much
Keep Up Blues
You Win Again
Petrol Blues



No, no, it wasn't an anniversary, nor was (the re-release of) Exile on Main Steet. I think people like the album. I didn't know if there were any outtakes for it, anything worth looking, and then I found there were a few things.
- Mick Jagger, November 2011

(In 1978 w)e couldn't release a double album and we were on a deadline. Sometimes you're really getting into tracks you want to finish, but they don't make (it) because time was up.
- Keith Richards, November 2011

Some (of the songs) have been out in bootleg form. There were a few surprises. Some songs were more finished and just had to be mixed. And some didn't have any lyrics or were very fragmentary. Some were too demo-sounding, and I just threw them out.
- Mick Jagger, November 2011

(I was involved in going through the archives) pretty much the same as Mick. We went with what we could find. It took us a while to actually find the master tapes, but after that it was pretty easy.
- Keith Richards, November 2011

Unlike Exile, there was a lot more left over.
- Keith Richards, November 2011

I think that a couple of them were recorded the year we did the tour, which was actually after the record was out.
- Mick Jagger, November 2011

In the case of the countryish ones, if you'd put them all out on Some Girls, it would have been a country album. So we picked our best one (Far Away Eyes), and also the one that was finished. You should finish them all, but that's not what happens. You concentrate on the 10 or 11 you've got, and the others fall by the wayside.
- Mick Jagger, November 2011

We didn’t want to do any more country songs, because we probably thought one was enough. The one we had on there was the best one, and we knew just one country song was enough. If you have three, it becomes a country album. At least that’s what they’d say. They were just put to one side and then said Oh, that’s really great, thinking you were going to finish it next year, but you did it thirty years later or forty years later (laughs).
- Mick Jagger, November 2011

There was a really great version of Miss You, which is almost jazz (that we left out). Mick didn't like his vocal on that. I would have loved to put that on, just because it's so different from the other one. But at the same time Mick said, No, I'm not cutting it. The same would happen to me... We go into a couple things like that, then we just look at each other and go, Oh, what a shame.
- Keith Richards, November 2011


It was an interesting autumn kind of project for me. I learned quite a lot from doing the tracks on Exile about how you do this without it being too much psychological damage... The Exile ones seemed really quite old and even though this is just 7 years later, it was just more immediate to me in some ways. This album was so much of a piece while Exile was recorded over such a period of time, over maybe 3 years and different sessions.
- Mick Jagger, November 2011

(T)here's three blues and two countries. I guess we didn't want to finish the blues or they were just sitting there. They didn't really have any lyrics or anything, the blues ones. They were in different states. Some of them were almost done, like So Young, and then others were really not done at all, like When You're Gone and Don't Be a Stranger didn't have anything. Keep Up Blues, that didn't have anything. There was a few really done. I'm talking about vocals now. Claudine, that was done, more or less. Do You Think I Really Care was like half done, so I had to write some verses because I just had the same verse repeated a lot. And the country song called No Spare Parts had sort of an idea but was just a few words...
- Mick Jagger, November 2011

(W)e kept everything in context. You don't want to fool around too much and pretty them up with digital extras. Leave it in its own time.
- Keith Richards, November 2011


Going back to the music, it immediately transports me to back in time; it's like, Beam me up, Scotty. When I'm listening to it, I can see the room where we are, I can smell it. It was the last album I did on (heroin)...

- Keith Richards, November 2011

 I think it stands up, I must say it’s pretty good.

- Mick Jagger, November 2011

Part of Mick and me is we always loved country music. And I mean, Dead Flowers? Mick has written some of the best country songs of all time. It's part of what we grew up with and what we love. It just comes from the heart, not from the mind..

 Keith Richards, November 2011, on the country-ish songs 

In a way, it's interesting to put the head back on the baby.
- Keith Richards, November 2011

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