Sticky Fingers: Rolling Stones 70’s Masterpiece

The first album released by the Rolling Stones in the 70’s was their landmark release, Sticky Fingers. The Stones had broken away from Decca Records and were free to start the decade finally releasing their music on their very own label. Coming off of Exile On Main Street and Let It Bleed, expectations were high. The Stones lived up to the hype, earning 5 star ratings from critics everywhere including Rolling Stone Magazine who named the CD on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock Albums of All Time.

The iconic sexual album cover was designed by legendary pop artist, Andy Warhol. Showing a man’s trousers with a noticeable bulge and a working zipper on the album cover, it became one of the most talked about album covers in music history. When you unzipped the cover, you saw the hint of tighty-whitey underwear. The zipper damaged some albums so it was edited on future pressings.

Sticky Fingers combined the band’s love of American blues records and British hard rock. Songs like “Brown Sugar” and “Bitch” have those timeless Keith Richards’ electric rock guitar riffs that air-guitarists everywhere emulate. Mick Jagger’s highly personal lyrics addressed the Stones’ drug issues, which were eluded to on half of the songs.    New guitarist Mick Taylor shines.   There is a road weary, confessional tone to many of the songs that provide the perfect mood for playing late at night.

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” is the album’s moment of perfection.   It begins as the Stones sound like the world’s greatest bar band, then midway a JAZZ breakdown changes the mood to end the song.   Clocking in at over seven minutes long, the movie, Casino, played the song in its entirety as the perfect soundtrack theme to heighten the intensity of DeNiro and Joe Pesci.   Add in the silly fun of “Dead Flowers”, the heartbreaking piano and harmonica driven “I’ve Got The Blues”, plus the epic ballad, “Wild Horses” and you can see why this album is a crowning jewel in the Rolling Stones catalog.

SIDE ONE

BROWN SUGAR

SWAY

WILD HORSES

CAN’T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKING

YOU GOTTA MOVE

SIDE TWO:

BITCH

I GOT THE BLUES

SISTER MORPHINE


DEAD FLOWERS

MOONLIGHT MILE

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