Exile on Main St (which is a great record) often gets the plaudits but Sticky Fingers pushes it to a very close photo finish. Simply put, it is a great album with the Stones, perhaps feeling more confident and "sparky" with Mick Taylor now in the band, take on the blues, ballads, country rock alongside their more "traditional" Chuck Berry like output. Several of the tracks were recorded in Alabama and it shows - the remastered version of Wild Horses is worth the price of the cd alone. Furthermore, as we now know from his excellent autobiography, by now Keith had mastered his own form of open tuning and his playing throughout the album is simply magnificent.
Perhaps they had been listening to early Santana because by track 4; Can't you here me knocking, they were in the mood for an extended "jam" session, a term later abused by "progressive rock" but in this context it demonstrates all of their talents to excellent effect. From the beginning "killer riff" from Uncle Keith through to Bobby Keyes saxophone and then finally in comes Mick Taylor with some fabulous lead guitar. This track is a true delight.
Jagger sings well, Charlie Watts is his usual sublime mode of percussive economy and in so doing demonstrates what rock drumming is all about.
However in the end great albums all need great songs; Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Sister morphine, I got the blues (with a fabulous organ solo from the late lamented Billy Preston), Moonlight Mile and arguably Sway are all up there with the best of the Stones canon. A fabulous record and the remastered version has finally done justice to the CD format. Highly recommended.
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