Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: July 1971 & October 1971-March 1972
Recording locations: Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, Keith Richards' home, Villefranche-sur-mer, France & Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producer: Jimmy Miller Chief engineers: Glyn Johns, Andy Johns & Joe Zagarino
Performed onstage: 1969, 1972, 2002-03, 2006, 2014
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmony vocal: Keith Richards
Backing vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
Trumpet: Jim Price
Maracas: Jimmy Miller
Mick made a mistake with the credits on two of the cuts. He listed Mick Taylor or somebody as playing bass on Loving Cup and one other track. It was really me.
Loving Cup... offers a few possibilities where you can turn some (bass) runs around or do some little slide things...
On the Forty Licks tour, when we were preparing the set list for a show in Yokohama, Chuck Leavell suggested we play Loving Cup, the ballad from Exile On Main Street. I didn't want to play the tune and I said, Chuck, this is going to die a death in Yokohama. I can't even remember the bloody song, and no one likes it. I've done it loads of times in America, it doesn't go down that well, it's a very difficult song to sing, and I'm fed up with it! Chuck went, Stick in the mud! so I gave in and put it in the set-list. Lo and behold, we went out, started the song and they all began applauding... Which just proves how, over time, some of these songs acquire a certain existence, or value, that they never had when they first came out. People will say, What a wonderful song that was, when it was virtually ignored at the time it was released.