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My second copy of this LP was not sticky nor did it have fingerprints on the vinyl
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2019
After reading some other reviews, I was very skeptical about buying a new copy of Sticky Fingers. I received my purchase today and compared it to the same LP that I bought in approx. 1972. Well the sound quality is not bad; it's just different from the 1971 purchase, but that was not a big deal. In some other way, I thought this new mastering was better. As other reviews revealed, my copy did not have any fingerprints, track hiss, pops or skips, and the vinyl was actually thicker and heavier than the original. I will always keep my first LP - it was loved very much, thus it received some scratches and pops and fingerprints with a subtle bit of sugar from mixed drinks.
This pressing was not recorded or mastered at the same volume as the original LP, or in comparison to most other albums I own. What is good about that is you can actually hear Mick's guitar playing clearly, and you can hear Keith and Mick blend together and separately very nicely - the vocal and drums do not drown out the guitars - it was mixed very well, and not terribly compressed because of Mick's known presence. I have given some thought as to what is missing about this particular master, and it really has nothing to do with the mastering sound volume. This pressing lacks some of the "fidelity" in the "hi-fidelity" of the original LP. What is missing is the actual "stylus being pulled through the recorded groove" giving us what we are accustomed to hearing when we listen to an LP - that universal low level hiss between songs. Not a big deal. Yes, the zipper is gone. No big deal. If you really want a zipper, cut one out of an old pair of jeans and glue it to the cover!! Don't let the bad reviews and the "Made In France" comments keep you from buying this LP.
Please allow me to digress back to 1971 (yes, I am 65). When I was a teenager, I was not allowed to listen to rock music in my parents home or in my new car (because my Dad had purchased it) - yes, I know all that is weird. At that time, 8-track tape was the preferred medium of the decade! For my high school graduation, one of my older sister's bought me an 8-track for my relatively new car. Another older sister bought me my first rock albums (5) but on 8-track tape. I clearly remember the albums: CCR - Cosmos Factory; Steppenwolf - Live; Grand Funk - Live; Beatles - Abbey Road and Stones - Sticky Fingers. I had heard all of these albums at my cousins home, along with many other rock albums. Other than Steppenwolf' "The Pusher" and "Don't Step On the Grass, Sam", the highlight of these gifts was the entire Stones album. This sister was 18 years older than me, and I always thought she was "kind of a drag". Now, she was the best sister any younger brother could have!!! Within the next year I bought a turntable and began my collection of LP's, now about 1000. I still buy vinyl today. There really is nothing better than analog sound in this 2019 world!!
Back to this Stones album: One of there best ever!! It is hard to find another rocker like "Can't You Hear Me Knocking".
One of the most important attributes to this album was the presence of Mick Taylor. Same with other albums recorded with Mick Taylor's talent - that period of Stones records are their best! Ron is good (he was better with Rod Stewart and Faces) but he is not great. Keith and Mick J. did not treat Mick fairly and gave him less credit and recognition for creativity that he deserved. I have never seen the Stones perform live. I missed this years very short and expensive USA tour. They will be back in another year or so. They may be in wheelchairs, but Keith Richards will never die. His DNA has been altered in a good way, with many illicit substances which well preserved his body and mind.