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Sticky Fingers
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 December 2016
Another superb Stones release, following on from 'Beggars Banquet' and 'Let It Bleed', with the emphasis on Hard Rock ('Brown Sugar', 'Bitch' and the impressive 'Sway') and high quality Blues and Country ('Can't You Hear Me Knocking', 'I Got The Blues', the lovely 'Wild Horses', 'Dead Flowers', 'Sister Morphine' and 'Moonlight Mile'). The 2015 re-packaged edition offers a very worthwhile 2nd disc featuring a number of Alternate takes from 'Sticky Fingers' and a clutch of tracks taken from a gig at the Roundhouse in 1971. If you're a Stones fanatic then this is a must have LP. Highly recommended.
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on 6 March 2018
This review is for the version which includes the original album, the extras and Roundhouse live cuts, and the "Live At Leeds University" gig.


Needs no introduction. From the risque rock of "Brown Sugar" and "Bitch", through the blues of "Sway", "You Gotta Move" and "I Got The Blues" to the beauty of Wild Horses" and the country rock of "Dead Flowers" it is a delight. The "two tracks in one" of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" with its vocal introduction and extended instrumental outro is always a high point. Remastered impressively, you can't go wrong with this slice of leery early seventies Stones.


"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. Has its appeal but I prefer the original. Just when you want it to continue the groove it 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.


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 Woman" 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.


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.
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Is this the Rolling Stones' best album? Could be - it is certainly the album that set the blueprint for the next five or six years of their career. This Deluxe set includes some excellent bonus features, particularly the often-bootlegged 'Leeds Lungs' set, which captures the band in powerful form. Guitarist Mick Taylor was by now thoroughly integrated into the band's line-up, and he is magisterial here. The Santana-ish soloing on 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking' is positively sulphurous, but in truth, this is but one facet of a richly and consistently rewarding album. 'Wild Horses' sounds magnificent here, the twelve-string acoustic guitars ringing crisp and clear. Similarly, 'Sister Morphine' features some spine-tingling slide guitar from a guesting Ry Cooder. Keith Richards also weighs in with some meaty riffing, and some surprisingly sensitive acoustic guitar work, whilst the Bill Wyman / Charlie Watts bass and drums axis are at their peak. And a special word must go to Mick Jagger, for some superb vocalising throughout.

The extra tracks are all pretty good, and the photos and hard back book add lustre to the album legend. Not cheap, but I'll willingly shell out for something of this quality.
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on 5 October 2015
This review is of the box-set sold for c£76. The album itself is 5 stars any time - their best in my view. The 'de-luxe' box set as a whole I would rate at 4****. This is not because the two extra CDs are in any way deficient - they're both great, with thundering alternative takes on several tracks, and storming live performances - especially the third CD, "Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out". If I have a quibble it's with the rather pointless DVD included, which consists of a miserly 3 tracks - all from their 1971 Marquee Club live performance. It seems hardly worthwhile when the whole of that performance has been issued on a separate CD/DVD package, "Rolling Stones From the Vault - The Marquee Club Live in 1971", available for not much more than £12. Why not (for the substantial £76) put the whole Marquee performance DVD into this box? That leaves you with one extra CD - the Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out on - and a 45rpm single for your money, when I have seen the 2CD version in the shops on offer for about £11. The 45rpm single is certainly a very hefty piece of vinyl, especially compare to my flimsy original "Brown Sugar" original single - could probably take someone's head off at 50 metres!

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.
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on 9 January 2017
My first ever Rolling Stones purchase in the 1970's was this very record and probably my favourite Stones album despite what some say about Exile on Main St being better (though that's probably my second fave). Now replaced, as the original is sadly worse for wear, with a fabulous remastered copy which sounds absolutely gorgeous through headphones especially. Not really much to say about the music that hasn't already been said except it is an essential purchase for your collection as it's such a classic. If I have one gripe - though not worth marking down for - the cover is a just a photograph where the original has a proper zip on the cover - but then I've got that!
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on 10 October 2017
After much searching for the 'Live at Leeds' recording.....found it in this boxed set....they evidently know when they are onto a good thing....!!
Sublime playing from Mick Taylor and more than usual evidence of Charlie Watts' contribution to the success of the band....
Some colourful pictures and commentary make for an attractive presentation......
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on 23 October 2015
The album if up there with "Exile ..." as probably the Stones' best. Here is a heavyweight vinyl double album, with the second album mostly live versions of the tracks on the first (original). It is very well packaged, with a real zipper (!) which is protected with a plastic cover and the records themselves come in good quality clear polythene sleeves, as well as cardboard covers. The only downside is that the (Czech) pressing is on less than quiet vinyl. Nowhere near as bad as the hiss, crackles and pops on 70s pressings and not obtrusive when the music starts, but slightly disappointing all the same.
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on 25 February 2018
Truly brill almub by a truely brilligant bnad notomention the trooli briilligog price what I got it at. Howver, I wood (f) trade all thabove to've urd it on release and beanabout in them gory daze when life, 4 sum at least, could might've been said slightly worth living. O gorm deflect uz.
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on 27 May 2016
Simply the best, better than all the rest.
If there has to be a number one stones album then this is it.
Exile might have the raw ruggedness and dirty cellar/garage atmosphere they talk about, though most of Exile was completed and finished in proper studios, Sticky Fingers is simply the Best overall Stones album, closely followed by Some Girls and Exile.
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VINE VOICEon 23 July 2015
A classic Stones album from the early 70s, this double CD version sounds excellent in this new deluxe release. The main album is very familiar to any Stones fan, but the second CD is the real reason I bought this. The version of Brown Sugar featuring Eric Clapton on guitar is brilliant (said the biassed EC fan!). with EC throwing in a very tasty short solo. The live tracks from the Roundhouse concert in 1971 are also terrific. Up there with Get Your Yayas Out for my money. Very happyy with this purchase.
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