13:05 26 February 2010
Four unheard recordings from the band's hit album 'Exile on Main Street' have been uncovered.
Nearly 40 years after marking the seminal collection, the Rolling Stones have found the lost and forgotten songs that were originally meant for the same album.
Their discovery came when Stones star Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards were listening through the original recording sessions.
Music bosses at their recording company Universal Music Group asked them to listen again to the archived tapes in preparation for plans to rerelease the record.
Jagger and Richards believed that they had used all of the songs on the album, but after going through the master copies unearthed 'Plundered My Soul', 'Dancing in the Light', 'Following the River' and 'Pass the Wine' that were produced by Jimmy Miller, the Glimmer Twins and Don Was.
The rerelease of the 1972 Stones album and often considered highest-ranking greatest albums of all time will also feature alternate versions of 'Soul Survivor' and 'Loving Cup'.
"I went back in the archives and dug out a load of things," Jagger told Rolling Stone magazine.
"I added some percussion and some vocals. Keith put guitar on one or two."
Jagger wrote fresh lyrics for 'Following the River', but, other than some light revisions to the other songs, they "wanted to leave them pretty much as they were," Keith Richards said.
"I didnt want to interfere with the Bible, you know. They still had that great basement sound."
A deluxe edition of the reissue, featuring a total of 10 previously unheard tracks, is set for release on May 17.
It will also include 'Stones in Exile', a documentary directed by Stephen Kijak, that follows the making of the groundbreaking album.
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