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Rock 'N' Roll veterans' 1971 album, originally the first album for their own Rolling Stones Records imprint. Though the album was pieced together from various sessions, it remains one of their most iconic albums. 10 tracks including 'Brown Sugar', 'Bitch' and 'Wild Horses'.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.67 x 5.08 x 0.39 inches; 3.25 Ounces
- Manufacturer : UMe
- Item model number : 5261878
- Original Release Date : 2009
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : March 18, 2009
- Label : UMe
- ASIN : B001WCN23W
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,325 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This pressing was not recorded or mastered at the same volume as the original LP, or in comparison to most other albums I own. What is good about that is you can actually hear Mick's guitar playing clearly, and you can hear Keith and Mick blend together and separately very nicely - the vocal and drums do not drown out the guitars - it was mixed very well, and not terribly compressed because of Mick's known presence. I have given some thought as to what is missing about this particular master, and it really has nothing to do with the mastering sound volume. This pressing lacks some of the "fidelity" in the "hi-fidelity" of the original LP. What is missing is the actual "stylus being pulled through the recorded groove" giving us what we are accustomed to hearing when we listen to an LP - that universal low level hiss between songs. Not a big deal. Yes, the zipper is gone. No big deal. If you really want a zipper, cut one out of an old pair of jeans and glue it to the cover!! Don't let the bad reviews and the "Made In France" comments keep you from buying this LP.
Please allow me to digress back to 1971 (yes, I am 65). When I was a teenager, I was not allowed to listen to rock music in my parents home or in my new car (because my Dad had purchased it) - yes, I know all that is weird. At that time, 8-track tape was the preferred medium of the decade! For my high school graduation, one of my older sister's bought me an 8-track for my relatively new car. Another older sister bought me my first rock albums (5) but on 8-track tape. I clearly remember the albums: CCR - Cosmos Factory; Steppenwolf - Live; Grand Funk - Live; Beatles - Abbey Road and Stones - Sticky Fingers. I had heard all of these albums at my cousins home, along with many other rock albums. Other than Steppenwolf' "The Pusher" and "Don't Step On the Grass, Sam", the highlight of these gifts was the entire Stones album. This sister was 18 years older than me, and I always thought she was "kind of a drag". Now, she was the best sister any younger brother could have!!! Within the next year I bought a turntable and began my collection of LP's, now about 1000. I still buy vinyl today. There really is nothing better than analog sound in this 2019 world!!
Back to this Stones album: One of there best ever!! It is hard to find another rocker like "Can't You Hear Me Knocking".
One of the most important attributes to this album was the presence of Mick Taylor. Same with other albums recorded with Mick Taylor's talent - that period of Stones records are their best! Ron is good (he was better with Rod Stewart and Faces) but he is not great. Keith and Mick J. did not treat Mick fairly and gave him less credit and recognition for creativity that he deserved. I have never seen the Stones perform live. I missed this years very short and expensive USA tour. They will be back in another year or so. They may be in wheelchairs, but Keith Richards will never die. His DNA has been altered in a good way, with many illicit substances which well preserved his body and mind.
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.
**** for the album
***** for this edition
By Scarlet Jupiter on June 9, 2015
**** for the album
***** for this edition
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THE ORIGINAL ALBUM
1. Brown Sugar
3. Wild Horses
4. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
5. You Gotta Move
7. I Got The Blues
8. Sister Morphine
9. Dead Flowers
10. Moonlight Mile
Needs no real introduction. From the risque rock of "Brown Sugar", with its iconic riff, and the punchy horns of "Bitch", through the blues rock of "Sway", the pure blues of "You Gotta Move" and "I Got The Blues" to the sheer, unparalleled beauty of "Wild Horses", the morbid "Sister Morphine", the prelude to some of "Exile" that is "Moonlight Mile" and the enjoyable country rock of "Dead Flowers" - it is an absolute delight. The "two tracks in one" of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" with its vocal introduction and extended instrumental outro, featuring some Santana-style guitar, is always a high point. Remastered impressively, giving truly excellent sound quality, you can't go wrong with this slice of leery early seventies Stones. Everyone is on top form, instrumentally and vocally. A very, very strong case for being their best ever album. Of course, the monumental "Exile On Main St" had not appeared as yet.
THE STUDIO EXTRAS
1. Brown Sugar
2. Wild Horses
3. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
5. Dead Flowers
"Brown Sugar" with Eric Clapton on it is very enjoyable, Clapton's whining guitar adding something extra. While not out-doing the original it is certainly interesting. The acoustic take of "Wild Horses" has a stripped down beauty. Lovely acoustic guitar on it, particularly at the three minute mark. The sound is crystal clear. Up there with the original. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" is largely the first part of the original without the extended percussion outro. Some nice rumbling bass on it, some riffy guitar action around 1.40 and Charlie's rough and ready drums. It has its appeal but I prefer the original. Just when you want it to continue the groove it unfortunately stops.
"Bitch" is extended and has a different vocal delivery from Jagger, slightly. More rambling than the original and had this been the original I wold have preferred it, if you get my drift, but as I know the original so well I have to stick with it. Nice guitar interplay around 2.25. Again at 4.23. The extended bit is basically the horn riff given a longer fade out, with a great bass line right at the end, a bit like a live gig extension. Enjoyable.
"Dead Flowers" has the bass to the fore and a Byrds-ish jangly guitar at the beginning. The steel guitar is laid on a bit thicker. Worth it for the bass and the rough and ready feel. Rock guitar pushes its way into the country feel a bit, for the better, particularly at the end. I think I prefer this cut to the original. Feels like a first take live in the studio cut. Jagger's vocal is a little lazier too. Seems somehow lower down in the mix.
LIVE FROM THE ROUNDHOUSE
1. Live With Me
2. Stray Cat Blues
3. Love In Vain
4. Midnight Rambler
5. Honky Tonk Women
A great "live" feel on these cuts. Great sound quality without losing anything or sanitising it. Down and dirty, uncut and live.
A punchy, bass-rumbling opener in "Live With Me" that rocks like the a canine's nether equipment. The Stones were really on fire live in 1971. "The Brussels Affair" from 1973 probably betters the 1971 material, but only just. For me, the live stuff from 71-73 beats "Get Your Ya-Ya's", but that's just my personal taste. most people prefer "Ya-Ya's". No doubting that The Stones were cooking in this period though. "Stray Cat Blues" is urgent, lazily dirty and bluesy. It really doesn't get much better than this. In 1971 they could still get away with this song. "Love In Vain" continues the blues, of course. Great guitar and vocal. My God, Mick Taylor was good.
"Midnight Rambler" is as you would expect. Very clear sound though. Laid back and almost a bit jazzy as opposed to bluesy at the beginning, then the riff and harmonica takes over. "Honky Tonk Women" winds things up after the band introductions. I can never tire of hearing this. A great rendition of an often-played song here. Still a (relatively) new song to play live and the enthusiasm shows.
LIVE FROM LEEDS UNIVERSITY
1. Jumpin' Jack Flash
2. Live With Me
3. Dead Flowers
4. Stray Cat Blues
5. Love In Vain
6. Midnight Rambler
8. Honky Tonk Women
9. (I Can't Get No ) Satisfaction
10. Little Queenie
11. Brown Sugar
12. Street Fighting Man
13. Let It Rock
Originally recorded in mono for BBC radio broadcast, the show from the short UK tour in Spring 1971, would appear to have been excellently remastered, in stereo. Kicking off with a heavy, menacing "Jumpin" Jack Flash", we get excellent versions of "Live With Me", "Dead Flowers", "Stray Cat Blues" and, as with The Roundhouse cuts, the sound quality is good, but the live feel has not been lost. You feel as if you are there. Nice to hear "Little Queenie" and, of course, the old "Brown Sugar" 'B' Side "Let It Rock". The sound is slightly better on "Roundhouse" but no real matter, just good to get this gig remastered and official, at last.
Funnily enough, "Leeds" was from 13th March 1971. "Roundhouse" was the next day, the 14th March, yet the band sound tighter on the second gig. That one of those vagaries of touring I guess. Some nights are better than others.
New guitarist Mick Taylor succeeding the late Brian Jones,and no recordings of new material in two years.moving into a new decade - could they still cut it?
With the anticipated release of Sticky fingers and lead single Brown sugar - they produced an all time classic single and album.Stones fans needn't have worried.
Apart from the perennial rock classic - the said Brown sugar,The whole album is packed with uplifting,rock and blues gems; Bitch and sister morphine are just two prime examples of this.not forgetting the beautiful ballad wild horses too.
Mick and Keith's song writing partnership,is maintained on sticky fingers,and the original co-production (by Jimmy Miller) and this 2009 re-master, are both excellent in sound quality.
The musicianship and vocals from all main band members and session musicians eg;Billy Preston,Nicki Hopkins and Bobby Keys (he of memorable sax solo on Brown sugar),certainly make their mark on this truly excellent album.
This package includes; previously unshown? Photographs of the band,with lyrics and recording credits.
If you want to expand on the Sticky fingers experience: then expanded deluxe and super-deluxe editions are available.me - I'm quite happy with this original track listing version of SF,for the time being thank you.
The rest of the disc is taken up by performances from The Roundhouse, the final show of a short 1971 UK tour. Here the Stones are at their finest. Agile, cock-sure, poised . “The Greatest Rock N Roll Band” tag is more than hyperbole. To my ears this knocks spots off YaYas with even a skittish Midnight Rambler coming close to its elder brother. Top of the shop a mercurial Love In Vain, brooding and beautiful, only a sloppy end of tour Honky Tonk breaks the spell. Presentation wise, everything comes in sturdy packaging with period photos but little text. Still when the music is this good lapses can be forgiven.
The box is a nicely produced package overall, and certainly the hard-back book included (which holds the CDs/DVD? 45rpm single) has a very well written series of essays in it, which threw some new light for me onto the background of the recording and the events leading up to it. The book includes many excellent photos, some not previously seen. Some of these are also included as postcard type inserts. I have also gained a stand-up Mick Taylor figure.
Worth it for the committed fan. Most would probably be perfectly happy with the 2 CD package.