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April 23, 1971

The Rolling Stones release their eleventh American studio album, "Sticky Fingers". 

It is the band's first album of the decade and the first release on the band's new label Rolling Stones Records. The album features the first usage of the "tongue & lips" logo of Rolling Stones Records, originally designed by John Pasche in 1970.

It is also Mick Taylor's first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album and the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones.

The album is considered by many to be the greatest album of all time. The abum went to #1 and sold over 3 Million copies. 

The album's artwork emphasises the suggestive innuendo of the Sticky Fingers title, showing a close-up of a jeans-clad male crotch. It was complete with a working zipper. While the artwork was conceived by Warhol, photography was by Billy Name and design was by Craig Braun. Many assumed, the cover model was Mick Jagger, but rumour has it that the model is Warhol associate, Joe Dallesandro.
Sticky Finger is a perfect album. From the opening song, "Brown Sugar" to the closing notes of "Moonlight Mile", it is pure perfection. "Brown Sugar", which was allegedly written for Mick's girlfriend at the time, Marsha Hunt, and featured a killer sax solo by Bobby Keys, went to #1 on the charts.  

Mick Taylor's guitar playing on the album is superb! The solo on "Sway" and the Instrumental break at the end of "Cant You Hear Me Knocking" is the Stones and Taylor at their best musically. 

Keith was hanging around with Gram Parsons, and his influence created the country jam "Dead Flowers". 

The rocking "Bitch", the beautiful "Wild Horses" & "Moonlight Mile", the bluesy "You Gotta Move" & "I Got the Blues", and the powerful "Sister Morphine", make for one of the greatest albums ever recorded. If we live another 10 million years as a civilization, no one will ever create an album of recorded music anywhere near as good as "Sticky Fingers"!

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