A version of the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” featuring Eric Clapton on slide guitar has been released on a new expanded reissue of the group’s 1971 album, Sticky Fingers. The album comes out June 9, but you can hear the track below.
This version was recorded at or immediately after Keith Richards’ 27th birthday party, which would place it on December 18, 1970. On it, Clapton performs with Mick Taylor, who had recently taken over guitar duties in the Stones from Brian Jones. Both Clapton and Taylor have previously played with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.
Sticky Fingers is regarded as one of the Rolling Stones’ greatest albums, a continuation of the roots rock that they’d begun to pursue on Beggar’s Banquet and Let It Bleed. It also marked their first full effort with Taylor, whose muscular guitar work complements Richards’ bluesy style.
The new reissue features the remastered original album along with previously unreleased outtakes, including this alternate take of “Brown Sugar” with Eric Clapton, an acoustic take on “Wild Horses,” five tracks recorded live at the Roundhouse in 1971, including “Honky Tonk Women” and “Midnight Rambler,” and a 24-page booklet. The album can be pre-ordered on Amazon and iTunes.