Sticky Fingers (1971)
||23 April 1971
||2-4 December 1969; 17 February, Marchâ€“May, 16 June - 27 July, 17-31 October 1970, and January 1971
"Every tune from this album is a straight classic."
History and recording
A few tracks for Sticky Fingers, such as "Sister Morphine" were recorded as early as late 1969/early 1970. However, most of the album was recorded during summer/autumn of 1970 at Mick Jagger's estate mansion, Stargroves, making use of the their mobile studio truck.
Release and aftermath
It was an exciting album for critics to review, since it was the first to include no work from Brian Jones and the first to include input from Mick Taylor. The single "Brown Sugar" was a smash hit, and this gained the album enough popularity to send it to number one in the album charts. Nowadays Stick Fingers
is considered to be one of the Rolling Stones' best albums.
The idea for a tight pair of trousers to be the front cover was created by Andy Warhol, designed by Craig Braun then photographed by Billy Name. Contrary to popular belief, the photo is not of Mick Jagger's crotch, but of Joe Dallesandro's.
In 1971 the album reached the top of both the UK and US album charts.
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger - lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion
Keith Richards - electric guitar, 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar and backing vocals
Mick Taylor - electric, acoustic, and slide guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass guitar, electric piano
Paul Buckmaster - string arrangement
Ry Cooder - slide guitar
Jim Dickinson - piano
Rocky Dijon - congas
Nicky Hopkins - piano
Bobby Keys - saxophone
Ronnie Lane - vocals
Jimmy Miller - percussion
Billy Nicholls - vocals
Jack Nitzsche - piano
Billy Preston - organ
Jim Price - trumpet, piano
Ian Stewart - piano
Pete Townshend - vocals