Jackie Listens to: The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers (1971)


This one is chock full of hits.  Where do you even start? I guess the best place to start is at the beginning, because this one is full of gold.

Right off the bat, this album begins with Brown Sugar, one of the Rolling Stones‘ biggest hits, and that opening riff really sets the tone for the album.  Second up is Sway, a solid rock song.  Then, bam!  Here come classic rock heavy hitters Wild Horses and Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.  This album is just that amazing, it’s hit after hit.  My favorite tracks are probably the somber, slow Sister Morphine and the lyrical powerhouse Dead Flowers, but this entire album is killer.  There were other times in my life where Bitch or I Got the Blues might have been more emotionally pertinent to me, but not at this point in my life.

I’m trying to remember the first time I heard this album, or any song from it, but was there really a time in my life before I knew the Rolling Stones?  I remember really picking up the Stones in high school, and my appreciation just grew from there, but it was far from the first I’d heard of them.  I imagine it would have been quite a thing to hear this album when it was new, especially on vinyl, with headphones.  Oh, bliss.

So basically, I recommend this album.  Does it make the Top 25?  I’m not sure.  I’m trying to think of a Stones album I like more than this one, and I know there is one that I can’t put my finger on.  I will say, as of this posting, Dead Flowers is my favorite Stones song, so that’s gotta count for something, but that favorite song is constantly changing.  That’s the magic of the Stones and all really great (or at least prolific) musicians, they seem to have a song for every mood and occasion.


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