Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
Presenting to you, my friend, The Rolling Stones. One of the greatest rock bands ever. THE greatest ‘rock band’ because The Beatles were basically pop. So I don’t know what’s with people, they all seem to prefer Led Zep to The Stones. Well here we have one of Stones’ best albums and hopefully we shall have some converts!
|The Rolling Stones Sign|
This Stones are basically a two man show: Mick Jagger (vocals; harmonica; occasional rhythm guitar; womanizing; attitude), Keith Richards (Lead and rhythm guitar; crazy drugs; he even snorted his own dad; heart and soul). Of course like all bands of the era their sound needs a bit getting used to, but what a sound it is. They will have you laughing and crying and completely at their mercy soon enough, just give them a chance.
|Left to Right : Mick Jagger, Keith Richards|
Now on to Sticky Fingers. So the band finally got their own record label and here they were free ‘explore’ their ideas with quite some freedom. Well freedom to the band that brought the dirtiness to mainstream rock is a dangerous thing. It resulted in a celebration of sex, drugs and rock n roll. It’s gorgeous and it’s dirty and its heartfelt (mostly). But consider yourself warned, the album IS called Sticky Fingers after all. I’d be wary of an album with that name.
We start with an awesome, gritty riff in Brown Sugar and lyrics that are best left unmentioned. Then the slightly weird and mishy-mashy Sway comes in and puts us in a trance until the opening acoustic guitar lines of Wild Horses takes us into most heartfelt, heart-wrenching territory. I believe this is some of Jagger’s most honest vocal delivery and it works wonders tugging at you as he promises that wild horses couldn’t drag him away.
Suddenly we are jerked out of the sadness by the crisp guitar riffs of Can’t you hear me knocking which goes hard and Mick Taylor shows off his guitar chops at the end with a Santana like jam which is riffs and solos and extreme rock jamming.
The next major highlight (according to me ) is three songs later at Sister Morphine, sad and eerie with an acoustic guitar humming, a dying man pleading for morphine and the guitar tone, Keith I love the guitar tone on this one! They borrowed all the sadness and chill from their previous album for this one.
And then comes Dead Flowers. A cynical-tragic country rock song about (I think) Keith’s affair with some royalty.
Finally this brings us to Moonlight Mile which works as a perfect album closing ballad.
So many moods this album guides us through, it feels like a long, long time since the first opening bursts of Brown Sugar brought us in. It left me changed; you’ll definitely get something from it. Go on, hear this one today!
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