The Rolling Stones are emptying the archives for the deluxe reissue of 1971's classic "Sticky Fingers."
Once again, it's a striking, pared-down mix that reasserts the Stones' prowess as writers and players. Listen and watch the lyric video above.
This version buffs up and strips back the production, for a clean and clear sound shorn of the original's song-ending jam session. It still packs plenty of heat -- the new mix lets Mick Jagger's wails come through with new desperation, and the band is as dime-turn tight as ever.
Perhaps one shouldn't be surprised that a band at its creative peak generated so much quality extra material. But this reissue of "Sticky Fingers" is shaping up to be more than just a quality repackaging of a great album. It's becoming an essential alternate-universe LP version of that same record.
The reissued "Sticky Fingers" is out June 9. With every new track, it's clear that this is a required purchase for serious Stones fans, and a great introduction for younger ones.