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Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones ranked # 63 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.

Sticky Fingers is an album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1971. It is the band's first release on their newly-formed Rolling Stones Records label, as well as Mick Taylor's first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album. Although sessions for Sticky Fingers began in earnest in March 1970, they had done some early recording at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama in December 1969 and "Sister Morphine", cut during Let It Bleed's sessions earlier in March of that year, would be held over for this release. Much of the recording for Sticky Fingers was effected with The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio unit in Stargroves during the summer and autumn months in 1970. Early versions of songs that would appear on Exile on Main St. were also routined during these sessions.

When Decca informed The Stones that they were owed one more single, they cheekily submitted a track called "Cocksucker Blues" - which was guaranteed to be refused. Instead, Decca released the two-year-old Beggars Banquet track "Street Fighting Man" while Allen Klein would have dual copyright ownership - with The Rolling Stones - of "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses".

With some final overdubbing and mixing in January 1971, the album was complete and preceded by "Brown Sugar" that March, which reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK. Appearing in April on their new Rolling Stones label (with distribution by WEA Music), Sticky Fingers was critically well-received and hit #1 worldwide, beginning a string of eight consecutive chart-topping US studio albums.

Two original songs from this album had already appeared in versions by other artists. "Sister Morphine", co-composed by Marianne Faithfull, for which she would finally receive credit on the 1994 Virgin remastering of the album, was the flip of a 1969 single by her. The Stones' perennial ballad "Wild Horses" received a cover in 1970 on the Burrito Deluxe album by The Flying Burrito Brothers, head Burrito (and friend of Keith Richards) Gram Parsons having obtained an advance copy of the song.

The artwork for Sticky Fingers - including a real zipper - was designed by Andy Warhol and featured the lower torso of actor Joe Dallesandro in a pair of tight jeans. The image attracted controversy due to its emphasis on the obvious bulge in Dallesandro's crotch, which revealed the defined outline of a large and possibly erect penis. In 2003, the US cable television channel VH1 named Sticky Fingers' artwork the greatest album cover of all time. The cover was later parodied by American glam metal band Motley Crue on their 1981 debut album Too Fast For Love.

Track Listing
  1. Brown Sugar
  2. Sway
  3. Wild Horses
  4. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
  5. You Gotta Move
  6. Bitch
  7. I Got The Blues
  8. Sister Morphine
  9. Dead Flowers
  10. Moonlight Mile

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