Working title for the EXILE ON MAIN ST album. The name may have derived from the extreme heat and humidity in the basement of Nellcote, Keith’s French villa where the band recorded it, also considering the nature of some of its songs.


From The Reconstructor blog:
As for the album title, Tropical Disease was one of the working titles for the EOMS album, and I thought it somehow fit in with the album, especially considering the nature of some of its songs. The album cover comes from an October 1971 photoshoot for Exile’s promotional postcards, which honestly looks like a bunch of Europeans disembarking in a South American country in the forties. It’s a pretty long album, with both sides hitting the 24-minute mark, and the whole thing makes up for a great listening experience. It’s a more concise LP than Exile, and as much of a good listen, especially considering that if you take the second batch of material, you can make an album as good as this one.

It would be released sometime in November 1971, with “All Down the Line” and “Shine a Light” acting as it two main singles, and maybe “Tumbling Dice” as a third option, seen as it didn’t sell well in our timeline. Despite all the missed opportunities, the Stones were truly unbeatable up to 1973, and whichever way they chose to release their material, I’m sure we’d be satisfied.

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