Sticky Fingers

23April 1971
 LP  (Rolling Stones Records COC 59100).

CD- November 1989 (US Columbia 40488 -UK CBS 4501952)

 Producer: Jimmy  Miller. Sound engineers: Glyn Johns,

Andy Johns, Jimmy Johnson & Chris Kimsey.

Highest Charts Position : US 1 - UK 1


Contributing musicians: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston, Ian Stewart, Bobby Keys, Jim Price, Jim Dickinson, Jimmy Miller, Jack Nitzsche, Rocky Dijon, Ry Cooder, Paul Buckmaster

 
                       Brown Sugar (MJ/KR)
                       Sway (MJ/KR)
                       Wild Horses (MJ/KR)
                       Can't You Hear Me Knocking (MJ/KR)
                       You Gotta Move (Fred McDowell/Rev. Gary Davis)
                       Bitch (MJ/KR)
                       I Got The Blues (MJ/KR)
                       Sister Morphine (MJ/KR/Marianne Faithfull)
                       Dead Flowers (MJ/KR)
                       Moonlight Mile (MJ/KR)

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.
 

 Recording date:

 2nd - 4th December1969 Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Florence, Alabama.
                  Producer: Jimmy Miller. Sound engineer: Jimmy Johnson.
9th, 10th & 18th December1969 London, Olympic Sound Studios.
                  Producer: Jimmy Miller. Sound engineers: Glyn Johns
 

17th February:1970 Olympic Sound Studios, London.
                    Producer: Jimmy Miller. Sound engineers: Glyn & Andy Johns . Final sessions for Wild Horses.

                  Wild Horses VII  (MJ/KR) -Sticky Fingers-version


March - May 1970 Olympic Sound Studios, London & Stargroves Newbury,(MJ’s house) with Mobile Record
                    Producer: Jimmy Miller. Sound engineers: Glyn Johns, Andy Johns, Chris Kimsey and Jimmy Miller.

                  Can't You Hear Me Knocking (MJ/KR) 
                       Billy Preston on organ, Bobby Keys on sax, Jimmy Miller on percussion, Rocky Dijon on congas; Sticky Fingers-version
                  I Got The Blues (MJ/KR)
                       Billy Preston on organ, Bobby Keys on sax, Jim Price on trumpet; Sticky Fingers-version
                  Moonlight Mile (MJ/KR)
                       Jim Price on piano, strings arranged by Paul Buckmaster; Sticky Fingers-version
                  Sway II (MJ/KR)
                       Nicky Hopkins on piano, strings arranged by Paul Buckmaster;Sticky Fingers-version
                  You Gotta Move IV (Fred McDowell/Rev. Gary Davis) -Sticky Fingers-version
 

24th April 1970 Olympic Sound Studios, London.
                   Producer: Jimmy Miller. Sound engineers: Glyn Johns, Andy Johns & Chris Kimsey. Final mixing.

                  Brown Sugar VII (MJ/KR)
                       -STU on piano, Bobby Keys on sax; Sticky Fingers- version.
                  Dead Flowers II (MJ/KR) -STU on piano; Sticky Fingers-version

17th - 31st October 1970  Stargroves Newbury,(MJ’s house) with Mobile Record

                  Bitch II (MJ/KR)
                       -Bobby Keys on sax, Jim Price on trumpet, Jimmy Miller on percussion; Sticky Fingers-version

Back To Discografi