“Sticky Fingers” is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in April 1971. It is the band’s first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band’s newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US.
It is also Mick Taylor’s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar.
The album’s artwork emphasizes the suggestive innuendo of the Sticky Fingers title, showing a close-up of a jeans-clad male crotch (rumored to be that of actor Joe Dallesandro) with the visible outline of a large penis; the cover of the original (vinyl) release featured a working zipper and mock belt buckle that opened to reveal cotton briefs.
In 2003, Sticky Fingers was listed as No. 63 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Audiophile. Original Master Recording. Extremely Rare. Mobile Fidelity MFSL 1-060. 1969. Mint*****