Dusting Off... The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers
What is it?
Released in 1971, Sticky Fingers is the ninth studio album by legendary purveyors of rock 'n' roll The Rolling Stones. Recorded between 1969 and early 1971 in a variety of locations London, Alabama and the band's mobile studio, the LP was their first to be released on their own Rolling Stones Records imprint after leaving Decca and parting ways with manager Allen Klein, who the band fired after it was discovered he had tricked them into signing over the copyright to all the material they had recorded prior to that year.
Despite the drama surrounding their publishing rights, The Stones were right in the middle of perhaps their most creative period, having previously released the superb Let It Bleed and on the cusp of releasing what may well be their masterpiece, Exile on Main St., some of which was recorded during the Sticky Fingers sessions.
Aside from the now well-established classics 'Brown Sugar' and 'Wild Horses', Sticky Fingers also contains some underrated nuggets like the swaggering strut of 'Bitch', the swooning slide guitar courtesy of Ry Cooder on 'Sister Morphine' and the moody slow-jam 'I Got The Blues', featuring the considerable talents of Billy Preston, previously featured on much of The Beatles' later output.
Sticky Fingers oozes with the swaggering, sleazy rock 'n' roll that The Stones were so good at and although it doesn't get the same recognition as some of their other records, this is up there with their best.
Why should I revisit?
The apparently inexhaustible rockers recently embarked on their latest tour and it seems they've been revisiting some of the tunes from Sticky Fingers, even kicking off the tour by playing the album in its entirety for the first time ever two weeks ago at Hollywood's Fonda Theatre.
They're also just about to release a re-issued deluxe version of the album featuring some previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances which you can pick up in stores from next week (June 8th). One of the highlights among the new bonus material is an alternate version of 'Brown Sugar' featuring none other than Eric Clapton on guitar - check out the video at the bottom of this page.
You can also save yourself £2 on the album on any format when you buy a t-shirt featuring the Spanish version of the album cover (see pic above, right). Available on standard CD, deluxe, 2CD/DVD, 3CD/DVD, LP and deluxe LP.
Who will enjoy it?
Anyone who is a fan of dusty blues or sleazy rock 'n' roll will find plenty to like about this album and if by some miracle you are new to The Stones, this isn't a bad place to start.