Exile on Main St.
is the 10th British and 12th American studio album
by the English rock
band the Rolling Stones
, released on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records
. Recording began in 1969 in England during sessions for Sticky Fingers
and continued in mid-1971 at a rented villa in the South of France
while the band lived abroad as tax exiles
. A collage of various images, the album's artwork, according to frontman Mick Jagger
, reflects the Rolling Stones as "runaway outlaws using the blues
as its weapon against the world", showcasing "feeling of joyful isolation, grinning in the face of a scary and unknown future".