The first Stones album to make No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic and in many other countries around the globe.
It was a long time in the recording, as was alluded to on the cover – ‘and everyone else who has had the patience to sit thru this for two million hours.’ Some of the tracks were started in March 1969 and the final overdubs were completed in January 1971; things had come a long way in seven years. “Sister Morphine” is the oldest track on the album that opens with “Brown Sugar”, which had a simultaneous release as a single and topped the American charts for two weeks. Surprisingly it only made number two in the UK. “Wild Horses” was another single in the US, but not Britain. Besides the music this album has the distinction of being the first to carry the famous tongue and lips, one of the world’s most iconic logos. The album had a real zip that opened on its cover, an idea conceived by Andy Warhol.