Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers

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Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in April 1971. It is the band's first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band's newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US. It is also Mick Taylor's first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, and the first not to feature any contributions from founding guitarist Brian Jones. In 2003, Sticky Fingers was listed as #63 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Although sessions for Sticky Fingers began in earnest in March 1970, The Rolling Stones had recorded at Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama in December 1969 and "Sister Morphine", cut during Let It Bleed's sessions earlier in March of that year, was held over for this release. Much of the recording for Sticky Fingers was made with The Rolling Stones' mobile studio unit in Stargroves during the summer and autumn of 1970. Early versions of songs that would appear on Exile on Main St. were also rehearsed during these sessions.

With the end of their Decca/London association at hand, The Rolling Stones would finally be free to release their albums (cover art and all) as they pleased. However, their leaving manager Allen Klein dealt the group a major blow when they discovered that they had inadvertently signed over their entire 1960s copyrights to Klein and his company ABKCO, which is how all of their material from 1963's "Come On" to Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert has since come to be released by ABKCO Records. The band would remain incensed with Klein for decades over the act.

When Decca informed The Rolling Stones that they were owed one more single, they cheekily submitted a track called "Cocksucker Blues", which was guaranteed to be refused. Instead, Decca released the two-year-old Beggars Banquet track "Street Fighting Man" while Klein would have dual copyright ownership, with The Rolling Stones, of "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses".

In 1994 Sticky Fingers was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records, again in 2009 by Universal Music Enterprises, and once more in 2011 by Universal Music Enterprises in a Japanese only SHM-SACD version.

All songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Brown Sugar" 3:48
2. "Sway" 3:50
3. "Wild Horses" 5:42
4. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" 7:14
5. "You Gotta Move" (Fred McDowell/Gary Davis) 2:32
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Bitch" 3:38
7. "I Got the Blues" 3:54
8. "Sister Morphine" (Jagger/Richards/Marianne Faithfull) 5:31
9. "Dead Flowers" 4:03
10. "Moonlight Mile" 5:56

The Rolling Stones

* Mick Jagger – lead vocals, acoustic guitar on "Dead Flowers", electric guitar on "Sway", percussion
* Keith Richards – electric guitar, six and twelve string acoustic guitar, backing vocals
* Mick Taylor – electric, acoustic and slide guitar (not present during "Sister Morphine" sessions)
* Charlie Watts – drums
* Bill Wyman – bass guitar, electric piano on "You Gotta Move"

Additional personnel

* Bobby Keys – saxophone
* Ian Stewart – piano on "Brown Sugar" and "Dead Flowers"
* Nicky Hopkins – piano on "Sway"
* Jim Dickinson – piano on "Wild Horses"
* Billy Preston – organ on "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and "I Got the Blues"
* Rocky Dijon – congas on "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
* Ry Cooder – slide guitar on "Sister Morphine"
* Jack Nitzsche – piano on "Sister Morphine"
* Jim Price – trumpet, piano on "Moonlight Mile"
* Paul Buckmaster – string arrangement on "Sway" and "Moonlight Mile"
* Jimmy Miller – percussion
* Pete Townshend – backing vocals on "Sway"
* Ronnie Lane – backing vocals on "Sway"
* Billy Nicholls – backing vocals on "Sway"
* Engineers – Glyn and Andy Johns, Chris Kimsey, Jimmy Johnson
* Cover concept/photography – Andy Warhol

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