Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” Album Released On This Day in 1971


On this day April 23, 1971 my favorite Rolling Stones was released, it is what many, myself included consider as  their best album ever. It  featured the controversial album cover shown above, done by Andy Warhol which featured a real working zipper that when opened revealed a man in cotton briefs with the name Andy Warhol on them. It was also the first album by the band that featured their now iconic “tongue & lips” which was originally designed by Ernie Cefalu. Although Ernie’s version was used for much of the merchandising and was the design originally shown to the band by Craig Braun, the design used for the album was illustrated by John Pasche.

Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by The Stones, and is the band’s first album of the 1970’s and its first release on their own 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 Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar.

Sticky Fingers
hit the number one spot on the British charts in May 1971, remaining there for four weeks before returning at number one for a further week in mid June. In the US, the album hit number one within days of its release, and stayed there for four weeks. In Germany it was one of only two non-German albums to reach number one in 1971.

In 2003, Sticky Fingers was listed as #63 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and VH1 named it the “No. 1 Greatest Album Cover” of all time.

Track Listing :
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

Personnel :
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger – lead vocals, acoustic guitar on “Dead Flowers” and “Moonlight Mile”, electric guitar on “Sway”, percussion on “Brown Sugar”
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
Jim Price – trumpet, piano on “Moonlight Mile”
Ian Stewart – piano on “Brown Sugar” and “Dead Flowers”
Nicky Hopkins – piano on “Sway”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”
Jim Dickinson – piano on “Wild Horses”
Jack Nitzsche – piano on “Sister Morphine”
Ry Cooder – slide guitar on “Sister Morphine”
Billy Preston – organ on “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “I Got the Blues”
Jimmy Miller – percussion on “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”
Rocky Dijon – congas on “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”
Paul Buckmaster – string arrangement on “Sway” and “Moonlight Mile”
Engineers – Glyn Johns, Andy Johns, Chris Kimsey, Jimmy Johnson
Cover concept/photography – Andy Warhol

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