“Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones (1971) Since this is one of the greatest albums of all time, I’ll take a different approach here. This album is one with which I’m very familiar. I know it by heart. My older sister bought it for me when it first came out in 1971, and, since my record collection was quite limited at the time, I listened to it thousands of times. It became a very important part of my musical, cultural, and spiritual formation, although I didn’t realize it at the time. For those who have never listened to this music as an album, it might only be familiar through the tracks that became hits, such as “Brown Sugar” and “Bitch”. Or those who are keenly attentive to music may be familiar with other songs such as “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, or “Sister Morphine “, which have entered the cultural consciousness of the 21st century. But as an indicator of the influence of this album, one should observe that every song on the album has a separate Wikipedia article of its own. That’s saying something. This album qua album should be listened to from start to finish. Rock ‘n Roll. Decadent and dirty. Crystallized toxic masculinity with only a hint of redemption. Now, to understand this album, let me take you back in history (1970): Meredith Hunter was dead. An 18 year old African American, he was killed by Hells Angels member Alan Passaro on December 6, 1969 in front of the stage at the “Altamont Free Concert”, featuring The Rolling Stones. Hunter had pulled a gun, and Passaro stabbed him five times in the back (later acquitted of murder on the grounds of self-defense). The Stones were performing the misogynistic “Under My Thumb” at the time. How would The Rolling Stones respond to this terrible event in their next studio album? Artistic humility and lamentation or supercharged indifference? You be the judge. Brian Jones was dead. The quirky, talented, inventive, and unstable founder and multi-instrumentalist for The Rolling Stones had died in July 1969 (at the age of 27). Lead guitarist Mick Taylor took his place. That is the number one reason why this album is great. Lead singer Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts, and bassist Bill Wyman knew that the replacement of Jones would make or break the band, so they were highly motivated to excel on this first studio album with the new lineup. How to integrate Mick Taylor to a well-established rock ‘n roll band? It was an artistic and existential challenge, and the Stones were up to it. Now Keith Richards, rhythm guitarist, worked with Taylor to ‘roll’ him into The Rolling Stones’ unique sound of ‘weaving’ lead and rhythm. The chemistry between these two became magical. I probably listened to this album several hundred times before I began to get an inkling of this. Listen closely and you’ll hear it. Richards/Taylor. Rhythm/Lead. That’s the music of this album. The rhythm section (Charlie Watts on drums and Bill Wyman on bass) provides quintessentially steady, if inelaborate tempos and grounding throughout. Keith Richards provides suitable chord structure and underpinning of the melodies in his execution of rhythm guitar. Vocally, Mick Jagger is a mess. But that’s the point. His deliberately exaggerated flaws in his vocal stylings, chaotic diction and tone, loose approach to pitch, and sometimes random exclamations are all calculated to produce the intended effect—adolescent male angst (however far out of touch he is with his own). In “Brown Sugar”, misogyny and racism are wrapped into one hard driven musical wallow with a rollicking beat. In the lyrics, the Anglo narrator reflects on the cultural roots of his present day sexual infatuation with a young Black woman, connecting it back to the sexual liberties of white male slave owners, and further back to the violent sexual domination by white slave traders over their helpless victims. It was the musical answer to the question, “Why is sex with black women so appealing to white men?” (Answer: the screams). It was recorded December 2-4, 1969. Then the Stones were ‘off to Altamont’ where they performed this song live, musically presiding (not incidentally) over the scene where a white man killed a gun-toting black man in front of the black man’s white girlfriend. Now put all that together, bro. The message of “Sway” is that evil, even demonic attacks of depression can only be conquered by love. Set in a bluesy environment, the music is accentuated by the weaving of two guitar lines: bottleneck slide (Taylor) and electric rhythm (this time by Jagger instead of Richards). The song ends with a masterful slide guitar solo by Mick Taylor and an effective string background as it fades. A beautiful and under-appreciated anthem. On “Wild Horses” a serious listener (with headphones) can get a sense of Taylor and Richards ‘weaving’, especially in the first verse, with Richards on twelve string acoustic in the right channel, while Taylor provides blended lead and licks on slide acoustic in the center of the stereo mix, adding overdubbed color (with the lower four strings tuned an octave higher) in the right channel. It becomes a tender setting for the message of devotion a man to his woman in the midst of her suffering. Notice the emotional progression from the insensitively nasty in “Brown Sugar” to hopefulness in “Sway”, and then on to deep compassion in “Wild Horses”. On “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, we hear more ‘weaving’. Listen for Richards on the right channel and Taylor on the left channel. At 2:42, Taylor drops out for Richards to set up the remarkable Bobby Keys tenor sax solo. Taylor and Richards both provide underlying colorings to the sax, followed (at 4:40) by an iconic Taylor guitar solo, with Richards providing rhythm support, until Keys rejoins (at 6:00) for a fine jazz romp to the final splash cymbal by Watts. (If you wanted background music to a collage of scenes of mob violence, this would do nicely. And that is exactly what Martin Scorsese did with it in “Casino”. Chilling.) The last two minutes of the track, it is reported, were unplanned. The musicians were unaware the tape was still rolling. God exists. With “Bitch”, we have uninhibited nasty rock, enriched by a sassy horn section over more ‘weaving’ by Richards and Taylor. The musical setting and lustful lyric provide a suitable vehicle for Jagger’s raw vocals. These words depict a driving passion for the beloved that is reduced to autonomic reflex (“like a Pavlov dog”). For God’s sake, woman, throw the dog a bone. “I Got the Blues” is a dirge-like blues ballad, guaranteed to lower your blood pressure after “Bitch”. Again, with beautiful horns, and some exquisite Hammond organ soloing by Billy Preston. And speaking of blood pressure, “Sister Morphine” is a track that could send you to the hospital. A haunting minor key lament of a drug addict’s agonizing withdrawal, addressed to his longed-for but absent Sister Morphine. Mournful tone on the Richards’ strummed acoustic, with accompanying electric slide, this time by the incomparable Ry Cooder. In his delirium, the song’s protagonist is possessed of a sudden terror (“What am I doing in this place? / Why does the doctor have no face?”). If this song doesn’t produce a shudder, you’re already dead. And speaking of dead, the next track, “Dead Flowers” is a piece of lazy passive aggression, presented in a funked up country mood. Jagger’s narrator can’t contain a mocking disdain for his former girl who has apparently moved up the better life, leaving him in some basement “with needle and a spoon”. Vocals with an exaggerated affected southern accent highlight the mockery. The only hint of redemption here is his (vain) hope to someday put roses on her grave. Why am I skeptical? The final song on “Sticky Fingers” is “Moonlight Mile”. Painfully slow, a man living “on the road” longs to be home with his beloved. Fine acoustic and electric guitar work by Taylor. The expansive string arrangement over a gut wrenching piano brings his hope to an almost victorious conclusion, punctuating the powerful bridge before softening at the very end, bringing this song, and this album, to a melancholy conclusion. In its creative conception, the lyrics (as well as the cover art, dangling tongue logo, and other marketing strategies) are unabashedly lascivious and drug-centered. But they are tempered by reflections of darker and even dangerous moods—a perfect concoction for exciting the libido of most every 16-year old American male (like me at the time), who imagined that it was his own picture on the cover. “Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones is, of course, a classic. 5/5
I tried my best to maintain my America-does-it-better/UK-hating 1001 persona. I tried telling myself "they also made Exile and Let it Bleed, and you can't give out 5 stars to 3 Rolling Stones records, that's too generous." I failed on both fronts. Some of the prettiest songs they've ever written (Moonligh Mile). Some of the most problemmatic (Brown Sugar). Some of the best jams (Can't You Hear). Some of the dirtiest blues besides Exile (You Gotta Move). All wrapped up in cover art from Andy Warhol with a functioning zipper and tighty whities inside. A+
Did not enjoy any of it. I actually looked at the other reviews and there is a guy who wrote a freakin soliloquy about how amazing it is and I just dont see it, crazy how different two people view the same thing. He does say his sister bought him the album in 1971 so a bit older and definitely the time of life that this stuff makes an impression, but still, cannot believe this is held up as some kind of amazing rock album. Led Zepplin eats their lunch in every conceivable way.
I was once an avid listener, and am still a big fan of, classic rock. Surprisingly, I have never been a fan of The Rolling Stones who are commonly considered one of the top 2 or 3 classic rock acts. It’s not that I didn’t like them, but I tried an album or two of their’s a couple times and they just never clicked with me. In recent years, I’ve been on an electronic and alternative kick. So it’s refreshing to get some classic, classic rock today and give the Stones another shot. Side note: I am fully expecting the Pretentious-Ass to comment on the bulge in Jagger’s pants on the album cover, including an in-depth analysis of what statement is being made and why the words “sticky fingers” lead you right to it. The saxophone solo in Can’t You Hear Me Knocking is right on. And the sound of the guitar in the solo just after the saxophone is sublime. And how about the bluesy, slide guitar on You Gotta Move? Mmmm hmmm, I’ll take a side order of that to go. I’m also loving Bitch, especially the brass section. The whole song feels like I’m cruising down the highway, which means we’re going somewhere. I have good things to say about pretty much every song on this album. I’ve seen The Big Lebowski maaaaaannnnyyy times, and thus, I am an ardent fan of the soundtrack. So I was quite familiar with Dead Flowers, which I love. I did not realize however, that Dead Flowers is a Rolling Stones song. So I was quite pleased when it showed up on this album. I must say that having heard the Townes Van Zandt version so many times prior, I prefer it. So I listened to the Stones version then the Van Zandt version … then the Stones version … then the Van Zandt version again. On the Stones version, Jagger is putting on some kind of American country accent that is, well awkward. From Van Zandt, the accent sounds authentic. Then I busted out the GuitarTab app and found the chords. Within 30 minutes I was playing along with the Stones belting out “dead flowerssssss”. I used to “play” (more like fuck around with) guitar often a while back, and I don’t think I ever played a song along with the artist, let alone in 30 minutes. It was a 5 star experience for sure.
Is that a banana in your pocket or is that Keith Richard's guitar? This album stands erect over many flaccid albums of the day. Super-bluesy and tons of great guitar riffs. Everyone talks about Jagger, but KR is the real engine behind this band. There's no doubt it's his schlong on the cover.
Familiar with the album, but haven't listed to it in a sitting for a long time. I gain more respect for Keith Richards as I get older. Always thought he was a little overrated, but I appreciate him the more I listen. Brown Sugar brought back memories of riding in my father's truck when I was a little boy. Can't You Hear Me Knocking is my favorite track. It stood out amongst the rest. I appreciate the bluesy rock of a lot of the tracks. This period of Let It Bleed and Exile On Main Street is about the only Stones I've delved into and enjoyed.
well, this was a surprise, for sure. when i was a kid, i was definitely a beatles guy, rather than a stones guy. i - at the ripe old age of like 7 - had decided mick was just kinda sleazy - and that stayed with me for a loooong time. anyway, that impression helped me to never really love their music. but there are definitely songs of theirs i do love, and i've found some new ones for that list on this album. moonlight mile, bitch, and you gotta move - all tracks i'd never heard, even though brown sugar had been played into oblivion (and did little to change my picture of mick). once again, the tracks that i love get the least play on the album, which makes me think i'm probably not a huge fan of their overall sound. but speaking of sound, holy shit keith richards, man. it's not just that he can play that thing, the sound he gets out of it is amazing. i'm re-committing myself to leaving a better world behind when i go, for him and willie nelson to inherit.
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Not a huge fans, a couple of decent tracks the rest was hard going.
The Rolling Stones come back again to knock one firmly in the middle of the park.
Not their best.
The first time they sounded like impressions of themselves. Licks and riffs made to measure and in all the expected places. At times, it's downright flat. 'Wild Horses' is a sentimental drag. Their 'Hey Jude'. 'Brown Sugar' is great music but not a great song. The subject is fine, it's the treatment--which has none of the mischievous, nuanced irony of 'Sweet Little Angel' or 'Downhome Girl'--that makes it offensive. Just a straightforward song about enjoying raping slaves. Ick. 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking' and 'Moonlight Miles are phenomenal--the former a gauntlet for anyone who thinks they can do this thing half as well as the Stones, the latter perfect in its slippery, uneasy beauty. 'Dead Flowers' comes close to those two--maybe the only song that recaptures the grotesque role-playing of Beggars Banquet. An album overrated for interfering the world-beating run from that one to Exile, but not even close to their level.
I don't see what people see here, it's alright I guess? I've tried before with they're greatest hits and some songs like Beast of Burden are great. But mostly it's bland. This album has wild horses and brown sugar - which are playing, rest are forgettable
Leans too hard into the blues portion of blues rock, way too much gratuitous noodling over what would otherwise be nice, concise rock tracks.
Didn’t care much for Brown Sugar, but really enjoyed everything else, especially the country cuts off the album.
Many people have this as the best Stones album, but to me, it feels incomplete somehow. I think that in 1971, they were trying to answer the question, "Are the Stones more than the sum of their parts?" I'm not sure we need the answer to this question today as much as we did 50 years ago. This may be their most well-rounded album, but I'm not sure it's their best. Best track: Moonlight Mile
Top to bottom this might be one of their best. Starts off super strong, some solid deep cuts, not the most mind blowing thing in the world, but a lot of fun, some cool bluesy sounds packed through it
A Rolling Stones ( and music in general) grail
Excellent, was not new to me though
Really enjoyed it, didn't expect some of trumpet and piano riffs
A little blues, a little country, and a little rocknroll. A great classic album by the stones.
Great rock album.
Really vibey. Loved it
an album that inevitably i keep coming back to
Classic. Already own, already love.
+ Brown Sugar + Wild Horses + Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Great soundstage, acoustic rhythm and classic feel!
Rock,Country,R&B, and the Blues.
Excellent album! Listened last night and I forgot how clear the guitar sounds. Can't you hear me Knocking is a great example and is a must listen on some headphones.
My favorite Stones album. Nothing but great tracks, and my favorite songs of theirs to boot.
I'm apparently handing out 5s this week. But c'mon, this album has so many great songs, and that album cover.
great start to this listening list - simple, uncomplicated, not overly produced. Brings back memories of jamming to these on my kazoo.
I know just the most famous songs from Rolling Stones and this album is surprisingly awesome for me. All blues and rock were amazing here. Included in my favorites
The Stones at their best. This was in the middle of 4 of their best albums, and it’s up there as one of the best of those. Just perfect in every way.
Tätä levyä on tullut fiilisteltyä syystalvella ennen 1001-projektin alkamista. Monta hyvää biisiä on saatu levylle mahtumaan, kovaa menoa jo heti aloitusbiisin introsta lähtien. Brown Sugar, Bitch, Dead Flowers, huikeita biisejä!
love this album. wild horses is my fav
Wild horses is one of my favorites! Enjoyed listening to this
I´m not a Rolling Stone but I like it, I like it just can I say....
A top 3 Stones album. Every song is a classic
My favourite Stones album. This is a Swaggering, bluesy rock and roll. And a staggeringly good one at that. A special album.
<3 A great album. Great vibe. Bluesy, free flowing sounds and guitar riffs. Great songs. Incredible last two songs, brings forward a happy nostalgia, as well as bittersweet sadness.
This is a great introduction into the Rolling Stones I thoroughly enjoyed this album.
It is a tough tie between this and Exile on Main St. as to which is the best Stones album, but both are certainly two of the greatest albums of all time. 10/10 Best Tracks: "Brown Sugar" "Sway" "Wild Horses" "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" "Bitch" "I Got the Blues" "Dead Flowers" "Moonlight Mile"
Very very very Great, i never heard an album from the Stones and this is a great introduction to his music
Such a great album, running the full range from swagger to introspection.
Can't say bad things to this band. One of my favourite.
I haven't listened to a lot of Stones, but have always liked what I've heard. In larger doses, I'm even more impressed. I was already impressed by their longevity - for guys that go as hard as they do, to continue doing it through six decades is kind of ridiculous. And my goodness, the late 60s/early 70s were an incredibly prolific time for them, releasing an album every year. "Sticky Fingers" delivers with some bluesy brilliance throughout. With the number of songs the Stones were churning out, you'd think that there would be some clunkers best left for the eventual rarities collection. However, with the exception of "Dead Flowers" and it's weird accent, everything on "Sticky Fingers" is great. Why are your fingers so sticky, though, Mick?
Love the Rolling stones :)
The Stones doing the Stones better than anyone else can do the Stones. Absolutely kick ass aside with a B side that drives and rocks to match. I remember when I first pulled this album out on vinyl. Magnificent cover had a working zipper and it didn't even match the quality of the album.
My favorite Stones album, with great tracks from beginning to end. Brown Sugar is one of the best guitar riffs of all time, Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’ is an amazing jam, and Dead Flowers is just COOL. Album is damn near perfect.
Classic that never gets old
Doesn’t get much better than this.
A (rolling) stone cold classic. Every song here has some flair to it. I can’t really explain why it’s so good overall, but it’s damn amazing and worth a listen
Perfectly emblematic of why the Stones have had the longevity they've had. I want to own this album.
This is probably one of the Stones' best and most coherent albums. The Stones' successfully weave rock, latin jazz, country, and delta blues together. Furthermore, this album is more lyrically mature than their earlier work, with meditations on drug use, love, and even a questionable take on slave owning.
Classic Album. Great great album. RIP Charlie Watts.
Still one of the best.
I'll confess that I had never heard this full album before, even though I was well acquainted with the hits and show staples that came from it. I never considered The Rolling Stones to be a band that had full album masterpieces like The Beatles, but this record certainly changed my mind. It just kicks ass song after song, and there is so much going on with the brass and sax in some of these tracks. Of course it's a great guitar album, but you can tell from the writing that the band wanted it to be more than that. There is so much influence from American country music, folk, jazz and blues, and The Stone really used those genres to help diversify their life show. From beginning to end, it's an album with style and swagger. Songs I Already Knew: Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Bitch Best Song: Wild Horses Favorite Discovery: I Got The Blues Least Favorite: You Gotta Move
I’m tempted to bring this down a star because the lyrics to “Brown Sugar” are so fucking cringe-y. It’s comforting to know that Jagger has since said he doesn’t really know why he wrote those lyrics like that and would censor himself now. The rest of this album is tight as all fuck though. The drums on “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” are perfect.
I like this album! The best: Brown sugar, Wild horses and Bitch.
A great album. Wild Horses has always been a favourite of mine.
Sådan. Det er sgu et fedt album. Short and to the point Gode rocknumre Wild horses har dog stadigvæk uudnyttet potentiale
Raw, Real, and Awesome. Stones at their best.
What an album. Peak Stones.
A stone cold classic - recorded on the run while touring, Mick Taylor meshes beautifully with Keith Richards to make glorious soulful rock and roll
Stone cold classic.
5.0 + Right up there among RS's greatest albums. Every song is good - from deep cuts like "Moonlight Mile" and "I Got the Blues" to arguably their best ever songs like "Wild Horses."
Man I love Rolling Stones' quieter more jammy songs. This album rules and I will be listening to it more. Moonlight Mile is the best!
Un dels grans clàssics del rock, merescudament. Del rock pantanós de 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking', un tema a redescobrir cada vegada que s'escolta o 'Brown Sugar', al country rock atemporal de 'Dead Flowers' o 'Moonlight Mile' passant per alguna de les millors balades del rock, com 'Wild Horses' o 'I Got the Blues' o el guiny al passat blues de 'You Gotta Move'... i apart de tot això, com si res, es presenten tres temes tan particulars i màgics com 'Sway', 'Bitch' i la particularíssima 'Sister Morphine'... poques altres recopilacions de cançons es poden apropar a tanta perfecció
All over the place and everything is perfect
My favourite Stones album, from when they were great
Sticky Fingers is a perfect, total package of an album. In my mind when I think about classic albums, this is one of the first ones that comes to mind. It’s everything an album is supposed to be. It was built for long haul listening, for hours and hours of listens and re-listens, and arguments with your friends over the best tracks, and figuring out the lyrics, while you contemplate that cover. Right, that cover. It’s got to be one of the most daring album covers of all time. It’s alluring in its way, but entirely too much. It’s the Rolling Stones of album covers. But that’s just the cover. Dare to look inside, and it’s a real gift. From track one, this album is on fire. That moment the needle drop takes you into that first riff on “Brown Sugar” is one of the most consequential of all time. I can’t think of a more appropriate song to kick off an album, except maybe “Hells Bells” on Back in Black. It’s a strutting, unrepentant masterpiece of a rocker that doesn’t lose a bit of its power, even as our perceptions of the song might change over time. To be clear, I think our perceptions should change of it over time. You can appreciate a song and still critique it. The album has plenty of that sultry, dirty blues, the badass sound that the Stones more or less invented, exemplified in "Bitch" and "Can't You Hear Me Knocking." But then there’s the other stuff, the deeeep Stones of “Sister Morphine,” “Moonlight Mile” and “Dead Flowers.” They aren’t afraid to go dark when they need to, or to hint that there’s some vulnerability hiding under all that bravado. Most of these songs are straight up classics and a joy to listen to. There are a couple of weak ones, but this was an easy 5. Fave Songs (all songs from most to least favorite): Moonlight Mile, Brown Sugar, Dead Flowers, Sway, Bitch, Wild Horses, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Sister Morphine, I Got the Blues, You Gotta Move
Several all time classic songs. This is arguably their peak.
Wild Horses is incredible as always
One of the best Stones albums and perhaps my favourite and that's saying a lot. Not a bad song on here but, other than sister Morphine, it does lack a killer track like Let it Bleed and Exile, And Beggars Banquet have. But for consistency Sticky Fingers is tough to beat. The loise bluesy feel throughout the album makes it accessible and gun. 5 🌟
One of the best Stones albums and perhaps my favourite and that's saying a lot. Not a bad song on here but, other than sister Morphine, it does lack a killer track like Let it Bleed and Exile, And Beggars Banquet have. But for consistency Sticky Fingers is tough to beat. The loose bluesy feel throughout the album makes it accessible and fun. 5 🌟
What a perfect set of songs… and gets better with every listen
Wat Rock, wat blues, goed gitaarwerk. Top album
1971 sure was a good year for music. So much really, really good early hard rock and prog rock. This isn't anywhere close to my favorite record of the year, but it's still great. The more I listen to, the more I'm convinced that the Brits are astronomically better at making rock music than Americans. Seriously, most of the greatest rock bands, I had assumed were American, only to find out they were British. The Rolling Stones especially have a lot of music that feels like homegrown American rock but ain't.
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Listened to Sticky Fingers a lot at uni. It makes you feel dirty just by listening — and it's all the better for it. The remastered edition on Spotify is a bit unnecessary, I prefer the heroin-fuelled rawness of the original recording.
What a masterpiece. Not a single bad songs, great variety in styles, great guitar play, big hits.... What's not to like
Masterpiece collection of rock music, that should not be doubted. So many different sounds that come together as the quintessential Stones sound that followed them since this album. Great from beginning to end with their best songs. Mick Taylor is the secret weapon here, with Jagger’s vocals at their peak.
Brown Sugar Sway Wild Horses Can't you hear me knocking Bitch I got the blues Sister morphine Moonlight Mile putain de chef d'oeuvre
The best release of the band, in my opinion.
This album gets better every time, unlike other vaunted Stones albums where the highs remain high and the not-so-highs flatten out (BB, LIB). This is just a miracle of songwriting and tight playing from start to finish.
I had zero expectations coming into this album. At first I enjoyed it. It seemed to be a funky, classic rock album, with some nice sax. I lost interest a bit on the 7 minuter, but it was back strong with Bitch. Then the Stones came in with Sister Morphine. It seemed so different from the rest of th album, I instantly loved it Great band, great album.
Un album classique probablement le meilleur des stones avec let it bleed. 5*
You should never look this album's cover too close, it may poke your eye out.
Banger after banger, so many classic riffs and songs.
A bit of a classic really
I know I’ve heard some of this before… maybe all of it… but it wasn’t ever a staple of my musical diet. I have no explanation for why that was the case but correcting that was long overdue. Sticky Fingers is an incredible album that lives up to its formidable reputation. The variety on this surprised me, what with some really amazing ballads, a great country song, and all The Rolling Stones rock and roll bravado I had expected.
The Stones! Rock and Roll!
After the Beatles proved they could rock n’ roll on their first several albums, they began to expand their musical repertoire with a more eclectic array of sounds and lyrics. By 'Rubber Soul,' the ‘four headed monster,’ as Mick Jagger often called them, were more than just a rock n’ roll band, much more. The Rolling Stones, however, seldom ventured into other lands (like 'Their Royal Satanic Majesties Request,' or 'Black and Blue'), but instead remained true to the spirit of the pioneer blues and rock n’ roll artists they loved and grew up listening to. So, while the Beatles, I believe, are the greatest band of all time, the Rolling Stones are the greatest 'rock' band of all time. And 'Sticky Fingers,' I will further argue, is the greatest rock LP of all time. This is pure Filet mignon. No fat. Unless of course, you like fat (as I very much do), and in that event then let’s go with a lovely Ribeye. And we’ll just let the fat be the final track on side one, ‘You Gotta Move,’ which is my way of saying that even that little number is still super tasty following all that luscious beef you’ve already consumed in the four songs prior. Save plenty of room for the rest of the meal, though, side two. You’re going to want to dip a fresh buttered roll or two into all that juice dripping off of ‘Bitch,’ and dig into those other three side dishes before finishing with desert, ‘Moonlight Mile,’ the Crème brulee of album closers. While my first musical memory was of the early Beatles- ‘Please, Please Me,’ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Help,’ and the like- the very first riff I recall that literally struck me down like Saul blinded on the road to Damascus was not from John and Paul, but Keith Richards’ opening guitar chords on ‘Brown Sugar.’ I later discovered that utterly unique chord sound he got was due to a variant string tuning. Simple as that. This explains why no one nor their brother could ever duplicate it entirely using traditional tuning. Anyway, Keith’s opening riff clutched my heart and the fingers stuck. And they never got unstuck. God help me, I still love that damn song- the sound of it, I mean- in spite of the troublesome lyrics. While the Stones contend it is merely a description (and not a glorification) of the horrors of slavery, still… the general musical composition of the song, and especially the rousing ‘I said yeah, yeah, yeah… woo!’ part at the end, isn’t exactly a lament. And then there is the racist stereotype that all black girls ‘dance so good.’ And other stupid shit. We know it. They know it. But that riff, man. That’s righteous, at least. As is the other straight ahead, flat out rocker, ‘Bitch.’ Flavor it up a little with some jazzy ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ or some swampy ‘Sway.’ Or, maybe you prefer the more traditional blues, down & dirty, ‘I Got the Blues,’ (go figure!) ‘You Gotta Move.’ Country fried rock? ‘Dead Flowers.’ Perhaps you’d like it unplugged, acoustic. You have your choice of the light ‘Wild Horses’ or the dark ‘Sister Morphine.’ And finally, how about that drive down the ‘Moonlight Mile’- rock symphony? Doesn’t hurt, either, to have Bobby Keys blowing his big ol’ raunchy Texas sax, or the roots master Ry Cooder on slide guitar. And three, count ‘em three- Nicky Hopkins, Jack Nitzsche and, of course, the 6th Stone, Ian Stewart- tinkling the ivories. And, of course, the Stones themselves. I’ve only a couple of things to add to all we already know: 1) While diehard fans bewail the death of founding member Brian Jones, claiming his lineup to be the only authentic Rolling Stones, most of the rest of us would agree that the Mick Taylor lead guitar years are the best Stones. And it hard to argue the facts, the sustained body of work beginning with 'Let It Bleed,' and continuing through 'Sticky Fingers,' 'Exile on Main Street,' and finishing with 'Goat’s Head Soup' (which, while not equal to the other three is still a pretty darn good LP, too, better than the best of loads of other good bands.) 2) If you forget the giant personalities of Jones, and then Jagger and Richards, and just listen to the music for its own sake, there was always a sense in the Stones’ musical performances that the train was close to coming off the tracks at any moment. Few bands sounded as loose, relaxed as the Stones without then falling apart at the seams in the process. And whereas lots of other, maybe most bands strive to sound tight, perfect, like Steely Dan, for example. But the Stones had that rare feel for sounding gloriously sloppy, while actually being quite proficient. Musical scholars have suggested that the reason for this is that bassist Bill Wyman played just a hair before the beat, while jazz loving drummer Charlie Watts, always played a tad behind the beat, characteristic of jazz tempo. ‘Course, Keith Richards would say they’re just making sure the roll was also in the rock. You listen, you decide. I’ve had sticky fingers from ice cream on a cone dripping down my hand on a hot summer day, sticky fingers from changing the oily chain on my bicycle, sticky fingers from the resin I put on my hands to grip a baseball bat; and, even sticky fingers from a pack of cigarettes I once liberated from a neighborhood convenience store in the very year this LP was released. I was 12 years old. And that very same year I also got sticky fingers from the sweat on my hand when I was invited to go to second base with a girl named Stacy, an early developer. The sticky fingers I suspect the Stones are mostly referencing, and none too subtly. I mean it is right there on the cover, out in the open, so this should not be a boner of contention.
Awesome album. Can you hear me knocking is a 10/5
The third of four spectacularly great Rolling Stones studio albums in a row. I don't know what else there is to say here. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," "Bitch," "Wild Horses," "Moonlight Mile" and "Dead Flowers" (and even the recently disavowed "Brown Sugar" could be one side of a Stones best of collection. I can't imagine giving this fewer than five stars.
Always a toss up between this and Exile on Main Street for my favourite Stones album. I think sticky fingers just edges it, fewer songs make it more impactful as every song is great. Can’t you hear me knocking is one of my all time favourite stones songs. This is one of the all time great rock and roll albums a five star masterpiece.
17th March 2022 Listened in the morning. Went to Seb and Justo’s for dinner and canasta in the evening. Funny this is the choice when the Stones have just announced a European tour. Iconic in sound and design but was forgot the whiplash pace change going from Brown Sugar to Sway then Wild Horses.
Excellent album, one of my favorites. Brown sugar, wild horses, can't you hear me knocking. All good
Do the Stones have an album better than this one?
04/29/2022 Impossible to not appreciate how big of an impression this album has had in so many artists and entire generations.
I give it like a 4.6. Probably my favorite Stones album with its deep blues roots.
I bounced back and forth between a 4 and a 5 for this album. It was alright, then it was great (man, "Wild Horses" is just so good), then there was an extended saxophone solo, then it was really good again... I don't know, man. I think it's a 5-star album but it's just.... not quite there. It wanders a bit too much. So here's a 4. But it's a really REALLY strong 4. "Sister Morphine" is such a killer deep cut, though. So is "Moonlight Mile." Dang it. Okay, here's a 5. But it's a soft 5.
brabo. bem diferente do Exile On Main Street. tem tudo o que os Stones fazem de melhor. Wild Horses e Sugar Brown são hinos absolutos.
The Jimmy Miller era was The Stones at their absolute best. The epitome of Rock 'n' Roll, with all its roots and influences unraveled and laid bare. Though there are many timeless anthems on this album, my favorite track is probably "Can't You Hear Me Knocking." I feel like that track is fairly unique in their catalog, in that they start with an absolutely infectious chorus, but curiously choose to put it aside, in favor of going into one of the most exploratory instrumental jams of their career.
Favourite stones album
Really great, timeless album. The hits are there, and I found myself enjoying the non-hits just as much, like "I Got the Blues" (with a great organ solo!), and the finishers "Dead Flowers" and "Moonlight Mile".
One of the Stones’ best albums. They’re at the height of their power here, taking blues, country and soul, making those genres their own, writing great songs and then jamming on them. “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” is probably my favorite song of theirs. That jazzy breakdown that ends up taking over the song… incredible stuff. I could jam to that forever.
actually a 7
Better than expected yet somehow still a bit disappointing. 4 stars, though.
I feel bad not giving this a 5 or anything, but it's a good, solid, blues rock record. A little slower in spots, and a few songs feel kind of formulaic for the Stones. Also, the less said about the lyrics to "Brown Sugar", the better. Still a killer song. Favorite tracks: "Brown Sugar", "Bitch", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
Superb. Not quite a 5 star experience but there isn’t anything to crumble about.
Amazing album art, amazing music. I don't know if I'd call it their prime, but definitely genre defining and ceiling breaking for them
This is that classic rock dad rock straight to the veins with the nostalgia type of vibe. I feel like I've heard this record lifetimes before my own.
4/5. The back half gets a little plodding (I Got The Blues especially feels useless) but the high energy tracks are spectacular blues jams and the ballads are the most iconic and well put together of their catalogue
Great album, classic rock and roll, lots of great tracks
The rolling stones are the rolling stones yup nothing crazy
It's the Rolling Stones! A classic entry of theirs. A bluesy funk infuses the album.
Pretty good. From the time before they became arena rock stuff.
Classic Rolling Stones, as classic as classic rock can get.
Quality Stones album, add it to the faves.
I really love the guitar on Moonlight Mile
If you like their thing you can't really fault this run of Stones albums.
Audi hat mit doch zugesagt. Ich werde wohl absagen.
Album Side one starts off with a flourish with Brown Sugar. Wild Horses and Can't You Hear Me Knocking are great. Bitch sounds like it should be on Side one, as it sounds like two albums. One that is fast and rhythmic. The second seems thrown together. The great songs are historic, the rest is forgettable. 3.5
Classic rock and roll. Great stuff.
Vibey! Not my fav, but a nice calm moment.
Good straight blues.
Really BLUESY - You gotta move Love the vibes on this album. At one point there was sad? The sound they are creating is so unique and bluesy! Lots of unexpected instruments - violin on the last song? Saxophone?
Very good. 8-9/10 1. Can't You Hear Me Knocking 2. Wild Horses 3. Moonlight Mile
good one, very rocksy, never heard it full before
I love The Rolling Stones even if I cannot look at Mick Jagger :).
Good rock album.
Inicio de los Stones.
Mija lewdwie tydzien, a tu kolejne kamienie wysypalo na liscie, jesli after match zaczynal jakas epoke w historii dyskograficznej stonesow, to sticky fingers wlasnie jest zakonczeniem tego okresu, jest to tez pierwsza plyta nagrana po smierci jonesa, ktory odpowiadal glownie za gitarki na poprzednich produkcjach, zastapil go mick taylor, ktory juz gral na let it bleed, bo w tym okresie doszlo do rozlamu w grupie, po ktorej jones jako czlek z zbyt przepalonymi stykami zostal puszczony, a co do samych stickowych fingersow, to w moim odczuciu jest to najbardziej niebieski album grupy jaki wydala, dodatkowo jeden z najbardziej konwencjonalnie nagranych materialow, bo nie ma darcia mordy jagerowania praktycznie wcale, szalonych instrumentali egzotykowych, jak za czasow jonesowych, chociaz lubia sie pojawic jakies trumpety niespodziewanie, jak na kawalku bitch, ktory jednak nie jest dla mnie hajlajtem plyty, bo najbardziej sluchalne kawalki w bardzo stonowym stylu oblegaja poczatek i koniec, zostawiajac uczucie ze srodek jest troche zapychaczem, jesli by sluchac na vynylaku lub innym starozytnym nosniku, najbardziej zywy kawalek plyty otwierajacy brown sugar, potem juz zejscie w klimaty bluesowe wild horsami, a zakonczenie dead flowerami, razem z siostra mrofinowa, najlepsze czesci plyty podczas tego odsluchu, jako ze ded kwiatuchy juz byly na plejce, to siostra i cukier zostana dodane, no i kolejny raz problem z ocena w skali 5 gwiazdkowej, bo nie siedzi mi tak jak aftermatch, ale jednak nie jest to trojkowa plyta, wiec skala 10 punktowa z przecinkami bylaby tutaj bardzo na miejscu
never been a big stones fan, this is a undeniable 4 -5 though
Really good album, weirdly Mick's voice is what keeps this from a 5, i feel like he tries a little too hard on some of the deeper cuts to jazz them up.
This album has a dusty swagger to it that is evocative of The Rolling Stones sound. It’s a refrain of Mick’s infidelities and apologies. “Can You Hear Me Knocking” has one of the greatest licks of all time and im not sure of it simply sounds like the 70s or if its presence in all 70s movies has made it the sound of the 70s. This album drags a bit in the middle, but is generally solid all the way through; it’s like a road trip through the history of American rock by the Brits. Pretty damn good, but not perfect. A-, so a 4.
4/5 nice album with good songs! Probably their best!
Such a great album with a nice country flavor. Really strong 4, maybe 5 one day.
Classic, kinda bluesy, 7/10
Still their best album by a distance for me - has got better since I last reviewed it (or I’ve developed better taste ;) - an easy four
Ja komm, Klassiker irgendwie, ne?
Just really solid old hard rock. Probably the album already wasn't very original from the moment it was released, but it's just all-round solid without a bad track on it. The only stand-out track is Wild Horses - a true classic of a song.
Rock, soul, country rock and slow tunes. Pretty good!
Had a good time with this. It had some great blues riffs and soulful vocals from Mc Jagger. Not as catchy as some of their other material, but you can groove it it well. Favorite Song: Can You Hear Me Knockin
ого оказывается для того чтобы стать культовой группой в то время надо было всего лишь не раздражать музыкой и ебнутым воем норм альбомчик, для меня это и есть дефолтный рок
Мои отношения с The Rolling Stones похожи на отношения с Led Zeppelin. Типа дохуя классическая легендарная группа, у которой имхо пару классных треков, а остальное - какой-то дженерик-роцк унылый. Только вот о легендарности TRS я слышал не так и часто, из-за чего предвзятости к ним всё же меньше. Не, ну альбом в целом по кайфу, тупо приятно слушать, даже несмотря на мою определённую антипатию к праздному блюз-року. Бодро, мелодично, внятно, даже умеренно разнообразно. Более походит не на дженерик, а на "дженератор", так скажем. То есть на то, что на момент выхода было условным прорывом, а позже будет скопировано и размножено. А что касается альбома... великолепные гитарные партии Кита Ричардса, энергичные барабанные ритмы Чарли Уоттса, а Мик Джаггер... Джаггер тут настоящий сваггер, и этим всё сказано.
Big fan of Brown Sugar and Wild Horses, and the Otis Redding/R&B vibe of I Got The Blues. Chilled, easy listening early 70s rock, with some nice country/folk/blues influences coming through. Each song brought something different which was a pleasant surprise.
Good chill soft rock album. Would listen to again
The Rolling Stones have always been better than The Beatles. This album is fantastic, and is always in heavy rotation on my turntable. I'd give it a full 5 stars if there weren't other Stones records that edge it out. 4.75*
Classic, love the bluesy influences.
Brown Sugar: Overrated. Sway: Sick Wild Horses: IDK man
I really liked this album, there were only a couple of songs I didn't like that much. Definitely the best album I've heard so far from this band! 4/5 stars
This is not my favorite Rolling Stones, but I am very familiar with it. I think side 1 is the stronger of the two, but they’re both great.
some belters her.e. 4stars
Pretty solid album. The only song I don't like is Sister Morphine. Can't You Hear Me Knocking is a jam.
Definitely an amazing rock and blues album. Brown Sugar and Wild Horses are clearly the staples, but Bitch, Sister Morphine and Dead Flowers are also fantastic tracks. A bit more bluesy than expected, but very enjoyable.
Overall a very solid effort from a classic rock and roll band. Some of the messages do not carry over very well into these times.
Great first half, wasn’t massively engaged as it continued
Starts great with an awesome riff and groovy stuff with Brown Sugar. Then an awkward attempt of a ballad from which the only good thing is the guitar solos. Wild Horses is decent though the chorus gets old quick. CYHMK is very nice. In general, a chill album with bluesy stuff, bit unexpected as a pretty much an ignorant on the RS. Guitar is great all along. Solid 4+
This album was much better than aftermath in my opinion. It was still a unique stones album from their earlier work and clearly showed that they wanted to experiment with blues, country, and continue working with psychedelic sounds. I was surprised by the Black influence in you gotta move as well. I can still hear this album in modern indie blues with songs like moonlight mile and wild horses has always been one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs. Fav songs: moonlight mile, wild horses, sister morphine, moonlight mile, you gotta move
The inclusion of Wild Horses already made this three stars on its own, and just a solid album otherwise...
Brown Sugar and Wild Horses are old favorites. Can't You Hear Me Knocking and Bitch are strong. Probably Sway is the only song on this one that I wish could be over soon. This feels like ideal Rolling Stones - it feels timeless in an old-fashioned way.
Rock n Roll, blues, stemningsfuldt, karismatisk
dolk i jeans. Roots, rock, folky. Wild Horses er klasse. Meget positivt overrasket. Mange facetter. Bundsolidt. Faktisk helt, helt vildt fedt.
Canzoni famose più sonorità familiari. Brown Sugar ^^^ I got the blues Non mi è particolarmente nuovo, pur non avendolo mai ascoltato per intero, dato che i Rolling Stones sono la base di buona parte della musica moderna e vengono trasmessi ancora oggi con buona frequenza. Comunque molto godibile.
Rating: 8.6/10 3 of the 10 songs really stood out to me. The rest were nice, but not something I would listen to on repeat (unlike the three below). Really liked "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" - a long rocky song, with a nice fat sax towards the latter half of it. In general, you can definitely tell this record was setting the foundations for a lot of future rock music. "I Got The Blues" has a really cool organ/piano solo in the middle. Super rocky and jivy, despite the slow tempo of the song. Despite the low amount of listens, "Sister Morphine" is a really great song, piano distantly playing in the background, and the "country"-esque guitar sound all the way through is nice. The guitar that plays in the beginning and throughout plays chords that constantly remind me of Stairway To Heaven (the part before the drums kick in).
Ett mångbottnat album som ger dig allt det bästa som Rolling Stones har att erbjuda! Härligt rockig inledning med Brown Sugar, otroligt gitarrspelande från Mick Taylor i Sway, maffiga ballader i Wild Horses och I Got the Blues, musikalisk orgie i andra delen av Can't You Hear Me Knocking, tillbakablick till bluesrötterna i You Gotta Move, emorock i Dead Flowers, och ren perfektion i Sister Morphine. Magnifikt rockalbum, magnifikt band. Nosar ohyggligt nära femman, men för nöja sig med fyra. Bästa låt: Sister Morphine.
Three hits and a lot of very solid music
At last a sixties /seventies album I can get behind. This is a classic. OK, it's a load of whiteboy blues covers with questionable accents, but they make them their own and really knock them out of the park.
I love the Stones and this is album I have tried to like more than I actually do. I always end up wishing I was listening to one of their sixties albums with Brian Jones. I don't care much for Wild Horses and Brown Sugar is as bit overrated. I do really like Dead Flowers and Moonlight Mile is awesome. Plus Bitch totally rocks and the latin jam on Can you hear the music is cool. It's not a bad album just not as good as it's reputation suggests. 7/10 so I rounded up to 4 stars
Not their best overall, but with some of the best individual tunes
A classic. not a big fan of dad rock really, but i enjoyed this album nonetheless 8/10
the rolling stones are kind of cringe but this album has good songs
Much better than I expected.
אלבום ממש טוב ממש נהנתי
Never been a big Stones fan, but even I have to admit this album is a classic. Such a variety of styles from blues to country to folk to pure straight ahead rock. They even sound a bit like Santana in the second half of Can't You Hear Me Knocking. 4 stars.
One of the Stones' deepest albums, both musically and emotionally.
A great album, not much else to say. Hadn’t heard any of the songs from this album, but it was a good listen. Favorite Songs: Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Moonlight Mile
Not as good as exile but loved the horn arrangements
I ain’t finna cap this album is kinda cool. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking is a banger
ändå en go fyra
Bit of an iconic album really
initial thoughts: very good summer vibes, reminds me of being a kid and going on sunday drives towards the water with my family. dad has always been a stones fan fav off album: Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
this was my first time listening to a rolling stones album in its entirety and it was a lot sicker than I expected. wild horses and bitch were definitely standout tracks for me. I prefer the more bluesy tracks on this album but the whole thing is quite good from start to finish.
Dad music! Trucks, cassettes, and driving around on summer nights.
Very good album, I can't choose a specific favorite but I found it very interesting that the original album cover came with an actual working zipper.
Probably the best stones album I got so far. Much more consistent than a lot of their 60s discography.
Some undeniably great music on this album. Too bad Brown Sugar is such a groove because the lyrics are pretty despicable. I'm glad to read that the band's removed it from their setlist. Wild Horses used to be among my least favorite Stones' songs but it's grown on me. Dead Flowers and Moonlight Mile are new loves.
I really thought that I would have more fun with this today. It doesn't help that I don't care for Wild Horses. I guess this was my first listen for this album...that also surprises me...
Almost the dictionary definition of 70s classic rock, isn't it?
Great album, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking is phenomenal.
4.5/5. Exile on Main > but still got some undeniable forever classics
I mean it's the Rolling Stones doing what they do best; some good old fashioned rock and roll. This album has a few classics, Wild Horses, Can you Hear Me Knocking and Brown Sugar. It's just a good solid album at then end of the day!
Wild horses is great but a lot of the rest is a bit meh, did grow on me though
I will start by saying that the only two Rolling Stones albums I really, really like, aren't most likely featured on the book (I haven't checked and I don't want to, as I prefer to keep the surprise factor going on) As this record begins, with Brown Sugar, I come to understand why it is so highly regarded. I expected myself to be annoyed though. Great job, 1001 Albums Generator! Still, I can't help but wonder if this is sort of a way of getting away with the Altamont affair. The sax is a nice touch. The country leanings of the two following tracks, Sway and Wild Horses, don't cut it for me, but I can hear that the latter is a really beautiful ballad, if excessively syrupy to my taste. By Can't You Hear Me Knocking I am convinced that the recording sounds wonderful and that it makes the whole thing infectious. There is a risk that I add it to my wishlist. I also liked You Gotta Move, which reminds me of Chuck E. Weiss, although this one came decades before. The brass section on Bitch is another nice touch. By I Got The Blues/Sister Morphine I got genuinely bored. I can't take that much Lynyrd Skynyrd. 5 for the recording, sound quality, and arrangements, 2 for the slide guitars and the such. Generous 3.5
Possibly my favourite Stones album; Wild Horses and Dead Flowers my favourite tracks with only the clichéd blues numbers letting it down.
A pretty solid album. It still has some things I could nitpick like when Can't You Hear Me Knockin' starts going off the rails. You Gotta Move is annoying. But the rest is all pretty entertaining. Wild Horses is definitely one of my all time favorites from the band.
Pretty good album! Only knew one of the tracks and enjoyed the album overall
Liked it golden oldies
Better than I remember. The opening chords echo across all time, even as the naughty lyrics have reached full taboo. It’s lurid and grimy – ”Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” might be the druggiest song ever. One is pleasantly surprised by the lesser-known and underrated “Sway” and “I Got the Blues” and “Moonlight Mile,” which maintain a very high standard between the hits. “Bitch” (all-time horn lick) and “Dead Flowers” (such countrified tongue-in-cheekiness) also stand out. One can make the case that "Brown Sugar" is actually one of the weaker cuts. “Wild Horses” is borderline mawkish, but Mick fully owns it. Some longeurs late, but awfully good overall, if not quite Beggars Banquet. 4.4 / 4
More blues and southern rock sound than anticipated. One hears "The Rolling Stones" and it may bring to mind certain thoughts about what they sound like. This record is the reason for that: it contains so many of the sounds they're known for. And, to this listener, it had a few surprises. All in all a good listen.
I am not a hug Stones fan, having said that...even if you remove the two tracks that have been burned into your existence, Brown Sugar and Wild Horses...You still have Can't You Hear Me Knocking (personal fave), Bitch, and Moonlight Mile. Impressive album.
In my top 5 Stones albums for sure. I just wish that radio stations would remember that there are songs other than Brown Sugar on here!
This ones a bit better for me after listening to Aftermath. Wild Horses is prob my fav, Brown Sugar and Can't You Hear Me Knocking are also great.
Sequencia fundamental do rock clássico.
Quite a mix here which makes things interesting.
Moonlight Mile Pog
Slow, grimey, great tunes. Although that first track is a rough one once I figured out the lyrical content. Also the end of Can You Hear Me Knocking goes on a bit too long.
It's raw. It's raucous. It's feral. It's sleazy. Much of "Sticky Fingers" captures The Rolling Stones at their peak, strutting through blues and country as though they own it, staying just the right side of gimmicky. There are some very famous tracks here in the form of "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses", but there are some unsung heroes here (or, unsung as any song by one of the biggest bands of all time can be). "Moonlight Mile" and "I Got The Blues" are gorgeous ballads. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" is one of their best jams with a searing lead guitar performance from new member Mick Taylor. The horns in "Bitch"! The dizzying coda of "Sway"! The jubilant singalong of "Dead Flowers"! It all combines brilliantly, swelling up just like whatever our young cover star is hiding under his jeans. So why not the five stars? However catchy that opening riff might be, however danceable the instrumental feels, those lyrics to "Brown Sugar" were not okay in 1971 and they never will be. No amount of boomer nostalgia should change that, and in fact they're a key reason I can't go celebrating this as a perfect album. Also, "You Gotta Move" does nothing for me and "Sister Morphine" is eerily atmospheric but really brings the pace down. And finally, I'm waiting for "Exile On Main Street". One year on from here, it's where they'd really take off.
Such a good album-- really defined their sound.
Pretty sweet album. I think it’s the first time I’ve listened to a Stones album so I was happy to get into it. A decent amount of variation in the songs, but still everything is so well written and executed. The slower cuts were more appealing to me but the heavier ones still were quite nice. 7/10
also so good.
Inicio de los Stones. Un 4.
I super don't care about the stones. I think they are interesting, but shit feels and sounds so old it's almost country music to me lol. I don't know, not for me I guess.
Brown Sugar is as hard and vulgar as the Stones get. Wild Horses is as beautiful as they get. A great album.
First good Rolling Stones album 4 I really enjoyed this one.
Classic, solid and good all around. But I'd give 5 stars to something like Exile, and that's not to say this one doesn't deserve it.
this was really refreshing, i’d never heard any of these songs before and enjoyed the album a lot
It’s basically a greatest hits album, and there are definitely some great songs. Wild, Wild horses is always great. Brown sugar is beyond problematic but at least they’ve retired that song concerts??
quintessential classic rock, didn't realize it had so much other instrumentation (besides guitars)
Better than Beggars. In particular, the instrumentation and arrangement were much more interesting while still sounding raw. Still middling. There are apparently six Stones albums in the book; I'll have to see what I think of the other four.
Decent record. Although I don't think it's a great album, I did enjoy listening to it quite a bit.
Favourite songs: bitch, wild horses, you gotta move
Some office-chair-swaying from me, but nothing I'd whack out Shazam to, if I heard it come on and I didn't know what it was.
Not their greatest Album but still ok.
Good album, sad bop ish if you’re in the mood ya kno. Could also listen high. Just a solid Rolling Stones vibe u kno what it issss
noice i think . rolling stones
I enjoyed much more than I thought. I shot off amazing songs. A little slower than ib though too.
Like the genre, like the music, not among my favourites More country influence than expected
Aloin kuuntelemaan tätä hieman varautuneesti, koska Rollarien bluesrock-touhu ei ole ikinä oikein iskenyt itseeni. Levyltä kuitenkin löytyi väsyneen rokkiveivaamisen lisäksi muutama todella herkullinen slovari. Varsinkin ennestään tuttu Wild Horses, I Got The Blues ja Moonlight Mile olivat oikein päteviä fiilistelybiisejä. Ei edelleenkään nouse lempparibändieni joukkoon, mutta kai tämän voisi ihan positiiviseksi yllätykseksi laskea.
It's alright. You can really hear the appropriation of Black music genres like the blues. More slow songs than I expected.
honestly didn’t think this was a particularly strong album, but some of the songs were really stand out tracks, most of the songs just took too long to get good. 3.5
Can't you hear me knockin!
A couple of good ones - Wild Horses a classic
wild horses is wonderful. All others are standard stones, which is grand but not my cuppa tea.
Another album that's fine but just kind of "meh" to me. It didn't strike me as anything particularly special or exciting
fun to listen to but once again not something i would listen to regularly
Rolling stones ya know, classic songs on here of course but not my style generally
Not bad, not really impressed or moved any particular way. 5/10, the physical zipper on some of the records are cool
This was much more listenable than the previous two albums by Rolling Stones. Good Bluesy stuff.
Nothing really caught my ears.
Find ich super, die hier so kurz nach der Vorgängerplatte Let it Bleed zu hören. Stil klar weiterentwickelt, man sagt dem Blues (und Brian Jones) erstmal Servus und hat jetzt Bock auf die 70er und Schweinerock (hallo Mick Taylor!). Gefällt mir gut, Highlights auf den ersten Durchgang waren Sway, Can‘t you hear me knockin‘ und Sister Morphine (hallo auch Marianne Faithful!). Aber ich muss mal weniger Vieren geben hier.
Ist jenseits der Steppe mit dem „Wild Horses“ am Horizont bereits die Skyline von Sellout Town zu erkennen? Raffgieriges Manegement vor den Türen ruft „can‘t you hear me knocking“. Nun sind die Stones ihren muddy waters nicht komplett entstiegen. Wohl etwas länger als eine „Moonlight Mile“ ist es noch hin zum Müngersdorfer Stadion. Eine gewisse Gereiztheit an sich und gegenüber des Zirkuslebens kann zu genannten Oden inspirieren aber auch ermüden.
FT: Brown sugar
My MIL walks in the house and was like “This is MY music”
Same as last listen;-). Enjoyable enough, just not my bag man. Plus, that album art is nauseating.
ну... это, без сомнения, роллинг стоунз. самые обычные роллинг стоунз играют свою самую обычную музыку — без перекосов в слишкомое говнище (за исключением трека You Gotta Move, это совсем непотребство какое-то), но и без значимых хайлайтов. Понравилась барабанная работа на некоторых песнях, ну и Джаггер, когда хочет, может не только двигаться, но и петь. мемы про сваггер оставлю генсеку, а больше особо сказать и нечего — разве что признаться, что даже это лучше, чем большинство работ битлов. 3/5
I knew a few of the songs...overall pretty good.
A couple good songs, but I'm just not a fan... Wild Horses is the best song on here. You Gotta Move made my body tense up.
Well mixed with some classics, not sure if listen to it all again though
Please stop giving classic rock i beg u. good album tho you gotta move docks one star and fatigue docks another
Never been a big fan of Mick Jagger and thus, never gave the Stones a decent chance. Was pleasantly surprised by this album and can see why it's counted as one of their best. Knew more songs than I thought I would. Can't You Hear Me Knocking was my fave.
oh hey i know this one
Meh. I thought I’d like this, but nope. I must have been thinking about other albums of theirs.
Brown Sugar and Bitch are standouts, but overall this was a relatively easy listening experience, good for the background.
Ég er ekki mikill Stones aðdáandi. Varla að ég endist gegnum heila plötu. Hún er ekkert slæm þessi, mér leiðist bara sándið þeirra.
Essensen af 60’er rock, mick jagger er udødelig
Meh. Wild horses was good.
I am the proud owner of this original release on vinyl, including the functioning zipper. As you would expect, the record itself is practically unplayable, but it's a cool piece of history to own. As for the album itself, this is definitely the Rolling Stones' best showing. That being I am not much of a Stones fan, I'm not all that captured by them even at their best.
qualche notevole eccezione, in generale mi annoiano
Un disco bueno, con canciones igual de buenas, buen ritmo y todas esas cosas pero algo no me termina de convencer
Ik verwachtte hier meer van.
Een solide 3.
Nooit echt een Stones fan geweest, maar dit vind ik wel een tof plaatje. Vooral dat Can't you hear me knockin' heeft echt een coole groove.
Hij vloog voorbij, dit plaatje. Dat is zowel een goed als een slecht teken...
“Sayonara to a messy 1969.”
Another good Stones album, with fewer country-style hits than the last one I listened to. Brown Sugar is a jam but has *terrible* lyrics - glad to hear that the band has stopped playing it.
Pretty average for a Stones album. Wild Horses and Dead Flowers are my favourite but strangely I can't stand Brown Sugar.
Not the biggest Stones fan. I get it, I just don't get it the way the real fans do. That said, I don't mind this album. Favorite track I Got the Blues!
I don't think The Rolling Stones can quite pull of the range of genres they reach for in this album, but it's still quite good! I'm not the biggest fan of their attempts at slow songs, but I understand those songs' popularity.
I really feel like I should be rating this higher, but the enjoyment just isn't there. Can I appreciate this album's importance? Yeah, sure. Do I see the technical skill, creativity, and musical ability that went into it? Of course. Do I actually want to listen to it again? Wild Horses yeah, but probably not the rest.
It was alright
was good. highlights were wild horses and can’t you hear me knocking. don’t think I’ll listen to this fully anytime soon, but I enjoyed it a fair bit.
The penultimate good Rolling Stones album. It's good, but not great; an effective mix of blues, rock and rock 'n' roll. Guitar, bass and drums with little else relative to the previous couple of albums.
No soy muy fana de los rollings. Me gustaron la mayoría de temas. Brown sugar creo que es mi preferido.
Got a cool rock, funky vibe to it. I think the different vibes and melodies make it accessible for a wide range of audiences
A good album with a few great tracks
Bluesy and a bit country, classic classic rock.
I get it, The Stones are considered one of the greatest rock bands in history. Listening to this record though I considered that if I was in the mood for blues rock I'd rather go for Led Zeppelin or White Stripes, or whatever. The one thing that puts me off is that I can't stand Mick Jagger's vocals, at least on this record.
Genre: Blues Rock 3/5 For as much praise and adoration that's regularly dumped upon The Rolling Stones, their two albums I've listened to so far throughout this exercise have been rather underwhelming. Not altogether terrible, just disappointing. Let It Bleed was a project buoyed by its big singles, with the rest of the album packed with rock equivalents of doing the chores, formulaic and tedious filler. This, on the other hand, is a more cohesive project, with no one track overshadowing the others, but overall lacks that spunk and swagger that I feel a great Stones record should have. The production value on this is apparent, expensive strings and solid arrangements all around, but this doesn't make it a great album. Brown Sugar and Wild Horses are both "standouts", but neither are high-powered jams, settling instead for a purely straight blues approach, and Wild Horses is about 2-and-a-half minutes too long. Mick Jagger sounds great, but it really does sound as if the rest of the group is going through the motions. Not a bad album, but didn't hit the mark for me. I'm excited to get one of their more psychedelic albums in the future, but for now, this is meh.
This is the third album recommended from the Rolling Stones. The three songs that I liked the most are all songs that I've heard before many times ("Wild Horses", "Dead Flowers", "Brown Sugar"). But even these tracks don't call to me for a second listen. I like covers of "Wild Horses" more than the original from the Stones. Overall, the album can be summed up as, "Sure, okay". It was an album, but I wouldn't miss it.
Not the best Rolling Stones album. Sounded very generic bluesy in a lot of places.
1st half is great, 2nd half less so. Almost a but not quite
It was an okay rock album.
I often feel awkward rating albums by bands like the Rolling Stones, because while I acknowledge their towering legend and inescapable influence, sometimes I just personally find them a bit underwhelming.
Really like bits of this - Brown Sugar a classic, and Wild Horses is even better. Then it starts to go a bit downhill. Can't You Hear Me Knocking is overblown and self-indulgent, You Gotta Move carries on in the same vein, but it picks up again after that with Bitch and I Got The Blues. Nice, slow, really bluesy sound carries on a little, then gets more upbeat in style for Dead Flowers and Moonlight Mile is a nice chilled ending. Comfortable 3 for me, probably would've made a 4 without the two tracks that annoyed me in the middle.
The stones just aren't my cup of tea. Some great moments here to try and convince me otherwise, but meh. I enjoyed reading about the making of this record though.
I love wild horses but give or take the rest
This was cooler than expected but it's still just early 70s rock. I'll probably never really understand why these guys are so popular. Still, guess it's better than the Beatles. 3/5.
More country sounding than I thought. A bit tamer than I thought from rolling stones. Couple of the first songs were good but the rest bit dull
Just don't get this
I loved let it bleed so much and think some of these songs are amazing, but as an album it's just not there
Bis auf ihre Gassenhauer (s. 'Forty Licks') hab ich es ja nicht so mit den Stones, da macht diese Scheibe keine Ausnahme. Eine Stones-Platte ist eine Stones-Platte ist eine Stones-Platte…
very country sounding. not exactly the kind of classic rock album I like
The blues are alive and kickin in this rock album. This doesn't resonate a whole lot with me, might be an era thing.
all these old albums are pretty mid
Sounds kinda yee-yee. Don't like it too much so far. Can't you hear me knocking i lowkey good tho.
another nice rock album, nothing special for me and sounded pretty monotone
Too country for me. // Favs: Bitch Score: Decent 2
I have a strange relationshp with the Stones. I dislike a lot of their stuff, then occasionally there's one track that's so great you can forgive the rest of it. None of those tracks are on this album, unfortunately. Jagger's voice becomes annoying quickly, I think I'd like the band more with a different voice.
I do not like this band. This album did not change my mind.
A couple of great singles (and Moonlight Mile, which is a tune), but otherwise a lot of boring, coke addled, sludgy, half arsed blues. There really aren't that many great Stones albums. I feel like they were much more a singles band. (Obviously Let It Bleed is an exception to this)
20% of decent songs, like in all the Stones discog
Just cant get into the rollong stones. I thiught they would be more cool and more British. Theres a country song in here. It wasn't a good one.
Never was a HUGE Stones fan, so 2.5 stars.
Not sure this is their best album, really, but enjoyable nevertheless
For some reason, this has popped up a second time. Here is a copy paste of my previous review.... A couple of great singles (and Moonlight Mile, which is a tune), but otherwise a lot of boring, coke addled, sludgy, half arsed blues. There really aren't that many great Stones albums. I feel like they were much more a singles band. (Obviously Let It Bleed is an exception to this)
Not a fan
Always good to be reminded just how revolutionary the Stones were at the practice of taking the culture of black artists (mainly blues), watering it down, and presenting it to an eager *white* audience.
Was expecting this to be better.
I feel almost guilty that I don't actively like the Stones but they just don't provoke a reaction in me. This is a decent enough album, solid work and clearly skilled but I'm left feeling very meh by them. Longevity is their biggest selling point imo, and I kind of think everyone who's covered their stuff has done it better? :D Wild Horses was good but not something I'd mark out as must-listen.
Gähn und würg.
this album can be tortured
Can’t believe this album came out 50 yrs ago. It brings back lots of memories. His voice is a little too wobbly for me. But a few of these songs I remember hearing out of the massive speakers that blared through the ski lodge and lined the slopes of Toggenburg in upstate NY in my teens.