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Hear Rolling Stones’ Alternate ‘Bitch’ With Different Lyrics, Sax Breakdown


When the Rolling Stones‘ classic Sticky Fingers is reissued next month, it will feature a number of previously unreleased studio takes of songs on the LP. The most recent to be unveiled is this ragged, extended version of “Bitch,” which features almost completely different lyrics and a saxophone breakdown toward the end.

Gone are Mick Jagger‘s references to salivating “like a Pavlov dog” and heating “horse-meat pie,” replaced with ones about feeling lonely and “so stoned” and, “When you kiss me down lowly, can’t you see I’m the only one?” In this version, he also sings that he feels “so satisfied.” The group recorded the track concurrently with the version that made the album at Mick Jagger’s country home, Stargroves, in October 1970, according to Spin.

The deluxe edition of Sticky Fingers, which will come out on June 9th, will also contain a version of “Brown Sugar” featuring Eric Clapton, an acoustic version of “Wild Horses” and alternate versions of “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Dead Flowers.” The reissue will also contain five songs the band recorded at London’s Roundhouse venue in 1971: “Live With Me,” “Stray Cat Blues,” “Love in Vain,” “Midnight Rambler” and “Honky Tonk Woman.”

The deluxe edition box set also contains a DVD featuring video of the group playing “Midnight Rambler” and “Bitch” at the Marquee in 1971. A super-deluxe edition will includes 10 songs from a concert the group recorded in Leeds. It will be available in standard CD and LP formats without the bonus tracks, and in a version with the limited-edition album cover that came out in Spain.

Jagger told Rolling Stone in early April that the band was considering playing Sticky Fingers in its entirety on the group’s upcoming U.S. stadium tour. “It’s a really great album, but it has a lot of slow songs,” he said. “Normally in a show we’d just do one or two ballads. Sticky Fingers has about five slow songs. I’m just worried that it might be problematic in stadiums. Maybe we’d play it and everyone would say, ‘Great,’ but maybe they’ll get restless and start going to get drinks.”

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