Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers 1971 Rar
Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers 1971 Rar
“get off of my cloud” is the only song on the album that sounds like it’s on the way out. its a straightforward, mid-tempo track that’s very bluesy, and is a bit like “satisfaction.” it’s the most standard sounding track on the album, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad one. the musicians sound fantastic on it and the song has a real drama to it. the rhythm section is amazing, and the stones are playing beautifully. despite the fact that it has a bit of a pop feel, it’s a great song.
of course, none of this is to say there aren’t great moments here. the album is essentially a call to arms, and the best moments are about more than just playing. sticky fingers has one of the greatest bass solos ever recorded on satisfaction. the song, “the last time,” is one of the most difficult songs they ever played, and they delivered it perfectly. the way they structure the song is flawless, the guitars are deadly, and the whole thing is pretty simply done but also incredibly hard to recreate. the same is true of “sympathy for the devil,” which is a lot better than you might remember it being. the guitar solos here are of an even higher level than on their earlier albums, and they sound great on record. of course, they didn’t keep up that level of quality; many of the following albums would sound even more like the previous two. the result is that the album is ultimately a showcase for their live chops, and it’s easy to forget that when you listen to it today.
when you listen to sticky fingers, you can’t miss the fact that it’s a band that doesn’t want to play the same songs over and over and over again. the playing here is a showstopper, but it’s not quite as tight as their live shows, especially at the end. it’s perfectly fine to play the album in a vacuum, but every time you do it, it’s more obvious just how brilliant they were. for example, the album starts with “you got me rocking,” which is a blues-based track with the most plodding, steady rhythm section you can imagine. there’s a great riff in the middle that really gets rolling, and the song is more or less about how the blues changes your soul and how you need the blues to keep you going. but then, just before the song is over, they play a bridge that has a country feel to it, and then the whole thing changes. “you got me rocking” ends, and you’re treated to a slow blues number that’s the perfect closer for the album, like “brown sugar” or “midnight rambler” were for the stones’ previous two albums. this is not to say they didn’t have that covered before; it’s more like they made a conscious choice not to do it, and it’s one of the album’s crowning achievements.
from the opening notes of “sway,” the stones make it obvious that they’re going for something new. the song’s spare, languid style is an excellent example of the band perfecting their own sound without the assistance of the likes of producer jimmy miller, whose flat production style would have been perfect for the already-abysmal quality of their live set. the song would go on to become one of their biggest singles ever, but the cover version here didn’t even chart. it wouldn’t be until mick taylor’s guitar solo on “you can’t always get what you want” that mick and keith would return to playing a regular rhythm section.
a few songs from sticky fingers would become staples of their live set, but they’re not the strongest tracks on the album. the previously-unreleased “gimme shelter” is a perfect example of a stones song that is so good they could have put it on the bottom of the pile and still have made a pretty solid record. sure, it’s a bit over-the-top, but it captures a lot of the fear and tension of the time and also the potential for violence that the country had yet to deal with directly. the who’s version is probably the most scuzzy stones’ song, but “gimme shelter” gives us more of the story.
at the time, there was a lot of discussion about whether the band should or should not continue playing together, and the title track, perhaps the most rock ‘n’ roll song on the album, is the final straw. it’s funny to think that the rolling stones have been playing together for a little more than four years and that they aren’t sure how they’ll survive as a group for another year. keith richards had a little more to say about it on live at the hollywood bowl :