Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

by The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones

CD(Remastered / Reissue)

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Pieced together from outtakes and much-labored-over songs, Sticky Fingers manages to have a loose, ramshackle ambience that belies both its origins and the dark undercurrents of the songs. It's a weary, drug-laden album -- well over half the songs explicitly mention drug use, while the others merely allude to it -- that never fades away, but it barely keeps afloat. Apart from the classic opener, "Brown Sugar" (a gleeful tune about slavery, interracial sex, and lost virginity, not necessarily in that order), the long workout "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and the mean-spirited "Bitch," Sticky Fingers is a slow, bluesy affair, with a few country touches thrown in for good measure. The laid-back tone of the album gives ample room for new lead guitarist Mick Taylor to stretch out, particularly on the extended coda of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking." But the key to the album isn't the instrumental interplay -- although that is terrific -- it's the utter weariness of the songs. "Wild Horses" is their first non-ironic stab at a country song, and it is a beautiful, heart-tugging masterpiece. Similarly, "I Got the Blues" is a ravished, late-night classic that ranks among their very best blues. "Sister Morphine" is a horrifying overdose tale, and "Moonlight Mile," with Paul Buckmaster's grandiose strings, is a perfect closure: sad, yearning, drug-addled, and beautiful. With its offhand mixture of decadence, roots music, and outright malevolence, Sticky Fingers set the tone for the rest of the decade for the Stones.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0602527015620
catalogNumber: 001279902
Rank: 6087

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rolling Stones   Primary Artist
Ry Cooder   Guitar
Mick Jagger   Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Mick Taylor   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Watts   Drums
Nicky Hopkins   Piano,Keyboards
Jack Nitzsche   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
Jim Price   Piano,Trumpet,Horn
Bill Wyman   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Jimmy Miller   Percussion
Paul Buckmaster   Strings
James Luther Dickinson   Piano
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu   Percussion
Bobby Keys   Horn,Saxophone
Keith Richards   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Stewart   Piano,Keyboards
M. Taylor   Guitar,Electric Guitar
B. Preston   Organ
Rocky Dijon   Conga
B.B. Keyes   Saxophone
J. Miller   Percussion
C. Watts   Drums
J. Price   Piano,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jimmy Miller   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
Glyn Johns   Engineer
Andy Johns   Engineer
Jimmy Johnson   Engineer
Chris Kimsey   Engineer
Andy Warhol   Artwork,Cover Photo
Craig Braun   Cover Design
Craigbrauninc   Graphic Design,Cover Design
Jimmy Johnson   Engineer

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