I don't get it...Exile on main Street-Blue

I love to listen to great podcast/interviews with great musicians. Last night i listened to Rick Beato interview Maynard from the great band Tool. Besides being a fantastic conversation, Maynard told Rick the two most influential albums for his music inspiration are Joni Mitchell Blue, and Black Sabbath's first self titled record.

I understand and love Black Sabbaths first record, but I have listened to JM Blue countless times and just don't understand what the hype is. Full disclosure I love female vocalists, and I also love Joni's  Court and a Spark. With that said I have heard many musicians rave about Blue. Please enlighten me-what am I missing ?

The other head scratcher for me is Exile on Main Street by the Stones. Again I have heard many musicians rave about this double album. I don't get it... Beggars Banquet-Let it Bleed-Sticky Fingers are so much better in my opinion, but just like Blue, It seems like musicians much prefer Exile on Main Street.

I know its all subjective...but these are two records I have never learned to appreciate. Thoughts ?



Are you serious with the sexism comment? So, I have to like all "basketball" but not just the NBA? I personally like male vocals better than female vocals, it's just what I prefer to listen to. I also like dating women and not dating men. I don't just like "dating." 

On the subject of sexism, it’s no secret that the music industry has been objectifying women since day one. They know their target audience and were brilliant marketeers. As the main character in the movie Rustler’s Rhapsody pointed out "To be the good guy and wear a white hat, you have to be a competent heterosexual." The record companies knew this and produced album covers that were only a couple of dbs down from "whacking material." A mental sidetrack to the album Sticky Fingers come to mind here. I just can’t tell you why.

As we "matured" some of got in serious relationships (or, worse) and had to toss aside our old passions and develop new ones -- out in the open. So, we got to covertly cheat on our wives/partners and have a "date night" with Diana Krall, Allison Kraus, etc. and get up and personal with a beautiful creature while giving the one we’re with just enough ample attention as to not get caught in the act.

But seriously, we conduct performance "mods" on equipment and developed a "reference" playlist for before/after listening sessions. Yes, we have guys "singing along" with masterful guitar work. Then there’s those female voices belting out the blues and others adding a level of sophistication and delicacy to the space.

Many of the threads here have been well-worded responses by the grown ups in the room. I apologize ahead of time for my inner adolescent coming out to play.

Exile is awesome in the car !!!   really almost all of my listening to 60's - early 70's is in the car...