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Only a peak-of-their-powers Stones could manage to overshadow one of their very greatest albums by surrounding it in their studio chronology with Let It Bleed and Exile on Main St.. Sticky Fingers, however, is anything but an also-ran. Offering some of the band's most inspired twists on their basic approach--"Sway," the midtempo rocker that would sound orchestral even without Paul Buckmaster's climactic string arrangement; the gorgeous closer "Moonlight Mile"--this also rocks like the demon they had lived to face another day after Altamont. And, as if to prove their minds were still as dirty as their music, its keynote is "Brown Sugar." --Rickey Wright
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To me, it's the live material from The Roadhouse in London that make the album. I am of the opinion that the band with Mick Taylor was the Stones at their best. Neither Brian Jones or Ron Wood can sustain an inventive solo as well as Taylor. This becomes more evident on live tracks. In addition to the five core band members, Bobby Keys, Jim Price and Nicky Hopkins join on most of the live material. And, it all wails, especially "Midnight Rambler". It's even better than the version on "Ya Yas".
Overall, this is a worthy re-release. The new material makes an outstanding album even better.
Bonus cd is great---bonus version of Brown Sugar may be better than the original, same with Bitch. Roadhouse live section also very good.
The CD starts off with one of the Stones' finest songs, "Brown Sugar." Just another salacious song or social commentary? Or both? The guitars open this off with a fine riff and chunky guitar licks (acoustic and electric). Bobby Keyes on sax also plays well on this cut. These words start off the song:
"Gold Coast slave she bound for cotton fields,
Sold in a market down in New Orleans."
A great rock and roll song.
"You Gotta Move" was one of blues artist Fred McDowell's best known works. The Stones provide a blues sensibility in this version, although their later live version is more compelling--and better blues. Nonetheless this version isn't bad. It's interesting to compare the Stones' version with McDowell's. Key lines:
"You may be high,
You may be low.
You may be rich,
You may be poor.
But when the Lord gets ready,
You gotta move."
"Sister Morphine" is a slower song, featuring spare (but effective) guitar work. This is rather poignantly sung by Mick Jagger. One line that always catches my attention:
"The scream of ambulance
Is sounding in my ears."
On this cut, Billy Preston plays organ, Keyes is on sax, and Price on trumpet. Nice sound.
The album closes with "Moonlight Mile," a slow, almost dreamlike and hypnotic song. An interesting tune indeed!
Other fine tunes abound, such as "Sway," "Wild Horses," and "Dead Flowers."
One of the terrific albums in the "winning streak" put out by the Stones at their peak in playing and creating music. Well worth listening to.
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Plus, it's the Stones. What else can you say??