Album: Sticky Fingers
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And so 1970 passed without a new Rolling Stones studio record, the first year since since 1962 the world had not been graced with any new Rolling Stones music, not even a single. There was Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out, the Stones — like The Who with Live at Leeds — pioneering the live album as both a stopgap between studio albums as well as a response to the nascent bootlegging industry, who had packaged a KSAN broadcast of their San Francisco show as LiveR Than You’ll Ever Be, which got some rave reviews, especially in Rolling Stone.
Given that they’d started recording the follow-up to Let It Bleed even before it was released — an illicit session at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studios just days before Altamont — the road to Sticky Fingers the longest they’d yet taken. Part of that, of course, was the time it took to get out of their Decca contract, their contract with the evil Allen Klein and set up their Atlantic Records deal to launch their vanity label, Rolling Stones Records.