10 Albums in 10 Days…
This Facebook chain has been circulating recently and I thought I’d add my selections to my blog as well.
The concept is simple. Post an album a day about your ten all-time favourite albums. Those records that really made an impact in your life and are still in heavy rotation today. No need to get into great detail if you don’t want to. Just post the album cover and nominate a person each day to do the same.
Favourite Albums 05/10: The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)
As good as 1972’s Exile On Main St. is (and it really is great), Sticky Fingers is that much better. It is the best album by The Rolling Stones! (Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed also top the list.) This album is the first release on the band’s new label, Rolling Stones Records. It is also Mick Taylor’s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album. As with their other studio recordings, other great musicians make appearances – Ry Cooder, Jim Dickinson, Nicky Hopkins, Bobby Keys, Jimmy Miller, Billy Preston, Jim Price and Ian Stewart, among others.
Top tracks are “Sway”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, “Bitch” and “I Got the Blues”. But my favourite is “Sister Morphine”, a song written by Jagger, Richards and Marianne Faithfull. Faithfull released the original version of the song as the B-side in 1969 but obviously didn’t appear in the song released here on Sticky Fingers. Both versions feature Cooder with a wicked slide guitar!
The Faithfull version of “Sister Morphine” features Jagger on acoustic guitar, Cooder on slide guitar and bass guitar, Jack Nitzsche on piano and organ and Charlie Watts on drums. Listen to it below and you will realize how much dirtier and grittier the Stones version is.