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|LP by The Rolling Stones|
|Released||April 23, 1971|
|Recorded||March 1969 - January 1971|
|Length||46 min 06 sec|
|Record label||Rolling Stones Records|
|All Music Guide||5/5||link|
|Rolling Stones Chronology|
|Let It Bleed|
|Exile on Main Street|
Sticky Fingers is an album by The Rolling Stones released on 23 April, 1971. The band's first studio album for over a year, it was also the first on its own record label, Rolling Stones Records, and its first full album with guitarist Mick Taylor as a member. Like many of the Rolling Stones' albums, it was a compilation of tracks written and recorded over several years.
The Rolling Stones lineup was Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman. Other musicians on the album include keyboard players Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins and Ian 'Stu' Stewart , sax player Bobby Keys and guitarist Ry Cooder.
The album cover was designed by Andy Warhol; the original LP version had a real zip on the pants. The photo is supposedly of Warhol 'superstar' Joe Dallesandro. Note that Warhol had nothing to do with the design of the Rolling Stones Records tongue logo, which has now become synonymous with the Stones themselves.
Brown Sugar, backed with Bitch and in some countries a live version of Chuck Berry's Let It Rock (recorded in Leeds in March 1971), was released as a single. In the USA a second single, coupling Wild Horses and Sway, was also released.
Sticky Fingers remains one of the band's most successful albums, reaching number 1 in both the UK and US. It is estimated to have sold 6 million copies worldwide through 2000.
Track listing and details
- "Brown Sugar" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:49, composed by Mick Jagger in Australia in mid 1969. Recorded initially at Muscle Shoals Studios, AL, in December 1969. Further overdubbing done at Olympic Studios, London, April 1970.
- "Sway" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:51, composed chiefly by Mick Jagger in 1970. Recorded at Stargroves (Jagger's country house) in October 1970, probably with piano and string overdubs at a later date (February 1971).
- "Wild Horses" (Jagger/Richards) - 5:42, verses by Jagger, chorus by Keith Richards, composed early in 1969. (Despite persistent rumours, Gram Parsons had nothing to do with the authorship of the song.) Recorded initially at Muscle Shoals Studios, AL, in December 1969. Further overdubbing done at Olympic Studios, London, February 1970.
- "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" (Jagger/Richards) - 7:14, composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (although the second, 'coda' part is an improvisation, and Mick Taylor should probably receive some credit for it). Recorded in at Olympic Studios, London, June-July 1970.
- "You Gotta Move" (Davis/McDowell) - 2:32, composed by Mississippi Fred McDowell and Rev Gary Davis . While a version of this song was recorded at Muscle Shoals, AL, in Dec 1969, the album version comes from sessions at Olympic Studios in March-May 1970.
- "Bitch" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:36, lyrics mostly by Jagger, music by Richards, composed mid 1970. Recorded chiefly at Stargroves in October 1970.
- "I Got The Blues" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:52, composed primarily by Richards. Recorded chiefly at Olympic Studios in March-May 1970.
- "Sister Morphine" (Faithfull/Jagger/Richards) - 5:31, composed by Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull in 1968. (Faithfull's version was released almost three years before the Stones's.) Recorded at Olympic Studios, London, March 1969.
- "Dead Flowers" (Jagger/Richards) - 4:03, composed by Jagger and Richards, probably on tour in the USA in December 1969. Recorded at Olympic Studios, London, in March 1970.
- "Moonlight Mile" (Jagger/Richards) - 5:56, composed by Jagger (and, probably, Taylor). Recorded at Stargroves in October 1969, with piano and strings probably overdubbed later. Keith Richards does not play on this track.
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