The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Live

Sticky Fingers is one of the best studio albums by The Rolling Stones and, indeed, one of the best studio albums by any group at any time.

It was recorded between 1969 and 1971 and released in April 1971 and features the classic song Brown Sugar.

It has a notorious album cover featuring the groin of a man and the original vinyl sleeves had a real zip for the fly. The back cover is even more revealing as the denim jeans have come off.

We don’t have a live album from tours promoting Sticky Fingers or the next album, Exile On main Street so the songs haven’t made as many appearances as you might expect on the many live recordings by The Rolling Stones.

In May 2015, The Rolling Stones performed the entire Sticky Fingers live in concert and the recording has been released as Sticky Fingers Live.

This article also needs to be updated for recent releases including the re-releases of the Sticky Fingers studio album with live tracks from 1971.

The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Live

The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Live

The Songs On Sticky Fingers

Brown Sugar – 3:48

  • Brussels Affair 1973 – 3:54
  • L.A. Friday 1975     4:15
  • Love You Live 1976 – 3:11
  • Some Girls Live In Texas 1978
  • Hampton Coliseum 1981 – 3:39
  • Live at Leeds 1982 – 3:45
  • Flashpoint 1990 – 4:06
  • Live Licks 2003 – 3:50
  • Shine A Light 2006 – 5:25
  • Live at the Tokyo Dome 2012-4:34
  • Light the Fuse 2012-4:48

Sway – 3:52

We don’t have a live version of this song yet. The song was played live on the Bigger Bang tour in 2006.

Wild Horses – 5:42

  • Stripped 1995 – 5:09

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – 7:16

  • Live Licks 2003 – 10:02

One of my favourite Rolling Stones songs with a superb solo by Mick Taylor as the group jams.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed it at #25 on its list of “The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. It’s a shame this wasn’t played live by the Stones while Mick Taylor was a member.

You Gotta Move – 2:32

  • L.A. Friday 1975     4:32
  • Love You Live 1976 – 4:19

Bitch – 3:37

Not available on any authorised live albums yet.

I Got The Blues – 3:54

Not available on any authorised live albums yet.

Sister Morphine – 5:32

  • No Security 1998 – 6:16

Dead Flowers – 4:04

  • Stripped 1995 – 4:13
  • Light the Fuse 2012 – 4:17

Moonlight Mile – 5:57

Not available on any authorised live albums yet.

Brown Sugar, Bitch and Dead Flowers appear on the DVD Ladies And Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones which is a film recorded on the 1972 Exile On Main Street tour.

Thoughts

It’s amazing how little the songs from Sticky Fingers have featured in the recordings of the Rolling Stones.

In 2003, Sticky Fingers was listed as #63 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time so we’re not talking about an album that isn’t recognised as outstanding.

I wonder if the problem is that the songs are too linked to the Mick Taylor period.

I think it’s a shame you can’t create a live version of the album. I expect Let It Bleed and Exile On Main Street to do a bit better when I come to look at those albums.

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