A New Direction for the Rolling Stones — The spring of 1971
At the turn of the sixties into the seventies, the [lastfm]Rolling Stones[/lastfm] appeared on the BBC’s highly rated review of the sixties music scene Pop Go The Sixties, performing “Gimme Shelter” on the show, which was broadcast live on 1 January 1970. Later in 1970 the band’s contracts with both Allen Klein and Decca Records ended, and amid contractual disputes with Mr. Klein, they formed their own record company, [lastfm]Rolling Stones Records[/lastfm].
“Sticky Fingers” (UK number 1; US 1), released in March 1971, the band’s first album on their own label, featured an elaborate cover design by Andy Warhol. The album contains one of their best known hits, “Brown Sugar“, a song, by the way, that reached #1 and was their biggest charted hit of the decade. The country-influenced “Wild Horses,” which was recently redone by Susan Boyle, of all people, was also included in the new album on the Stone’s own label.
Both “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses” were recorded at Alabama’s Muscle Shoals Sound Studio during the 1969 American tour. The album continued the band’s immersion into heavily blues-influenced compositions. The album is noted for its “loose, ramshackle ambience” and marked Mick Taylor’s first full release with the band.
In just a couple of weeks from now (in 1971), Brown Sugar would hit the national Top 100 and rapidly climb to #1, where it stayed for two weeks.
Brown Sugar would surpass such great 70’s Stones songs like “Angie,” “Tumbling Dice” and “Miss You” to rank as their biggest hit of the decade.
It was their first hit single on “The Rolling Stones” label, and many more huge hits would follow into the 80’s.
The Spring of 1971; a new album, a new label, and truly a turning point in the boy’s career and musical direction!