The third number one album in a row, on both sides of the Atlantic, and one that included another classic Stones ballad, “Angie”.
The track, inspired by Keith’s newborn daughter Angela, was released as a single and it became their seventh No.1 record in America. Strangely, it only made number five in Britain, but it did make the top spot in France and Holland, as well as number two in Germany.
The most controversial track on the album was, without a doubt, “Star Star”, which caused Atlantic Records boss, Ahmet Ertegan, whose company distributed the album for Rolling Stones Records, to initially be concerned about the strong lyrics. Later he realized that the BBC and other radio stations across the world banning the song just added to the publicity for the album. The early work on the album was done at Dynamic Sound in Jamaica with later sessions at Village Recorders in Los Angeles, Olympic and Island studios in London. Among the other musicians on the record are Bobby Keys and Jim Horn on saxes, Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart on piano and Billy Preston on clavinet.