THE ROLLING STONES:
LET IT BLEED & STICKY FINGERS
LET IT BLEED (1969)
Let it Bleed was released on December 1969, and it was the last album by The Rolling Stones that Brian Jones played in before his death. (He participated in 2 tracks). Also, it is the first album that Mick Taylor (his replacement) is participating, in two tracks as well.
After its release, Let it Bleed climbed at No.1 in the UK charts (temporarily demoting The Beatles’ Abbey Road) and No.3 in the USA charts. It is regarded as one the band’s finest moments, including songs like Love in Vain, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Midnight Rambler, and of course the magnificent Gimme Shelter.
Many extra musicians participated in the recording of this album, such as Ry Cooder, Leon Russell and Al Kooper to name a few.
It was the last Rolling Stones album that was released in mono version, and those copies are very rare and expensive today. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at No.32 on the magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”.
STICKY FINGERS (1971)
Sticky Fingers was released in April 1971, and it was the debut album of their new personal record company. (Rolling Stones records). Also, it's the first album including Mick Taylor as a full member of the band, and also the first time that Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar.
Upon its release, it climbed at No.1 in both USA and UK album charts, and it's considered as one of the most classic and famous albums The Rolling stones ever recorded. Some of the songs that became widely known are Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Sister Morphine and I Got the Blues. Many extra musicians participated in the recordings once more, like for example Ry Cooder, who played the slide guitar on 'Sister Morphine', and Pete Townsend, who did vocals on 'Sway'.
Interesting fact is that, in Spain the original cover was censored by the Franco regime, and it was replaced with a "Can of fingers" cover. Also, the song Sister Morphine was replaced by a live version of Chuck Berry's Let it Rock.
These albums captures in a perfect way the “essence” of the era. (Late 60's, early 70's), and are considered two of the most classic records in Rock discography.
Other Rolling Stones records I recommend: Their Satanic Majesties Request, Beggars Banquet.