Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and eleventh American studio album by English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in April 1971. It is the band's first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band's 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 not to feature any contributions from founding guitarist Brian Jones. In 2003, Sticky Fingers was listed as number 63 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[dead link]
Although sessions for Sticky Fingers began in earnest in March 1970, The Rolling Stones had recorded at Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama in December 1969 and Sister Morphine , cut during Let It Bleed's sessions earlier in March of that year, was held over for this release. Much of the recording for Sticky Fingers was made with The Rolling Stones' mobile studio unit in Stargroves during the summer and autumn months of 1970. Early versions of songs that would appear on Exile on Main St. were also rehearsed during these sessions.
Sticky Fingers was Taylor's top all around effort with the Stones; his guitar is the main sound you hear on this LP, and his playing just shines all over the album. And what about Jagger? Well here on Sticky Fingers we just might hear his most solid all around vocal output, and that is a strong statement when you consider all of the great Stones albums he has sang on!
The Rolling Stones released Sticky Fingers in April 1971 and it quickly became a classic with songs such as Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Bitch, and Can't You Hear Me Knocking. It was also famous for its cover of a pair of jeans and a working zipper. It was the Stones' first album on Rolling Stones Records and also guitarist Mick Taylor's first full-length appearance on a Stones album. The recording featured guest appearances from Pete Townshend, Ry Cooder, Ronnie Lane, and Billy Preston, among others. Sticky Fingers reached number one in the UK and US, and Brown Sugar also topped the US single charts. The album was re released in the 1980s and 90s by CBS and Virgin. It was recorded between 1969 and 1971 by producer Jimmy Miller.