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Sticky Fingers (Remastered)
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Great music, possibly The Stones' best album, but this is not the version to buy.
Some have complained about a high end "harshness" to the Virgin re-masters but to me those are more open and crisp. If that's your taste, that's what you want. If you prefer a more bassy limited sound, you might prefer the new re-masters. As for me I will stick with what I have and not purchase any more UMD re-masters.
Look, I own 1000s of CDs in my collection, and the 2009 Rolling Stones remasters are among the worst-sounding CDs I have ever heard. Obviously, the music is great on all of them, but the sound just sucks. Remastered? Try OVER-remastered, if that's possible. It is compressed, distorted, and edgy, none of the above things you want in a Stones album. If you have the 1990 Columbia pressing or the 1994 Virgin Records pressing, stick with that.
'Sticky Fingers' is worse than any of the other 2009 remasters. This actually may take the cake for the worst remaster/reissue I have ever heard. The organ on 'I Got the Blues' is just deafening. 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking' features a great saxophone/guitar interplay, but that now also sounds just grating. Everything has been mixed waaaay too high with these reissues. Shame on you, Polydor, for releasing these pieces of crap.
As I said above, don't sell your 1990 and/or 1994 CD pressing of this. This is one of the best albums ever made, and everyone should hear it in one format or another, but you wouldn't know it by this 2009 remaster. Dreadful, just dreadful. I sold my copy of it to my local record shop and made some good money for it. If you have this, I advise you do the same and use the money you make from selling this to buy a '90 or '94 pressing of this (if you don't have one already).
I dare you to keep the hair on your head from standing on end as you hear the opening chords to the epic "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" at full volume. Forget heavy metal - it just doesn't get any raunchier than this, or any better, as Keith and Mick Taylor go at it with a vengeance. Billy Preston guest stars with his classic afro organ sound on the bittersweet "I Got the Blues." Then hold on to your hats, turn down the lights and contemplate the mysteries of the Holy Trinity of "Sister Morphine," "Dead Flowers" and "Moonlight Mile," an incredible sequence of Mick, Keith, Mick Talyor and Ry Cooder genius that will leave you crying for more. Memorable and twisted lyrics, haunting guitars, classic Mick vocals and just pure greatness. These drug drenched masterpieces, not for the faint-hearted, could easily have provided an Abbey Road-like crescendo to the Stones' career. Fortunately for us, Keith somehow survived and the Stones went on to record "Exile," their last truly great album.
Warning: in a lame crowd, this is an instant party killer.
As a final note, the original vinyl album cover, designed by Andy Warhol, has a real zipper and is a collector's item.
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I never knew this edition existed. I ordered it immediately when I found out. It's wonderful, especially being a Stones fan. This set is a must have.Published 9 days ago by Jeff
I wish I had bought the "Super Deluxe" version that includes some old Chuck Berry stuff live at Leeds in 1971.Published 15 days ago by Peter Thomas
What can you say, classic Rolling Stones album don't need to say anything else.Published 21 days ago by santiago diaz