Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CD Review: The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" Receives Deluxe Treatment With Outtakes And Live Recordings

On June 9th, Universal Music will be releasing the latest Rolling Stones album to receive the "deluxe edition" treatment. Their 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers," was a milestone for the band in the U.S. It began a streak of eight straight albums to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart and has since gone on to sell over three million copies in the U.S. alone. The new "deluxe" re-issue features the original album remastered along with a bonus disc of alternate takes and live versions of songs from the album. There will also be a "super deluxe edition" and contains the two discs mention earlier, plus a third CD of their Leeds University concert in 1971, a DVD featuring a couple songs from their live performance at the Marquee in 1971 and a 7" vinyl single of "Brown Sugar" b/w "Wild Horses."
The "Sticky Fingers" album had the perfect rhythm and swagger to usher in the 70's, beginning with the rauncious rocker "Brown Sugar." The alternate take of the song that appears on the second disc has a more raw, grunge-like feel to the guitars provided by the amazing Eric Clapton. The acoustic version of "Wild Horses" found on the second disc has more of a connection to their live version than the one that appeared on the original album, while the up-beat tempo of the alternate take of "Dead Flowers" shows a "bar room" feel with some exceptional guitar. The rest of the bonus disc is fleshed out with their live appearance at the Roundhouse, featuring amazing live versions of classics "Midnight Rambler" and "Honky Tonk Women."
The third disc "Live At Leeds University, 1971" is finally being officially released after only being broadcasted on BBC radio. This recording has become one of the most sought-after bootlegs of The Rolling Stones and it is easy to see why. The band was on fire during this very short ten-date tour of England and Scotland and their short 70-minute set was filled with hits like "Jumping Jack Flash," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Street Fighting Man." The show also included songs from the yet to be released masterpiece "Sticky Fingers," which fit in perfectly to the highly energetic setlist.
The DVD is a preview of the upcoming "From The Vault: The Marquee - Live In 1971" and it features video footage of The Rolling Stones performing "Midnight Rambler" and "Bitch." To find out more about this "super deluxe version," as well as the regular 2-CD "deluxe" edition and single-disc version of the newly re-issued "Sticky Fingers" album, please visit rollingstones.com/stickyfingers/.

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