The Rolling Stones – “Bitch (Extended Version)” (Stereogum Premiere)
For many people, Sticky Fingers represents the height of the Rolling Stones’ power, between Andy Warhol’s suggestive cover art — which you can see the band posing with above — and the album’s triple-platinum status due to the success of “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses.” Over four decades later, the Stones are reissuing their 1971 classic LP in standard, deluxe, and super deluxe formats. The deluxe and super deluxe editions include several alternate takes and unreleased, special versions of songs from the original record. One such previously unheard track is the extended version of “Bitch.” Here’s the scoop on this version:
The alternate version of “Bitch” is a longer, looser, earlier take that, like the final version, was recorded at Stargroves, Mick Jagger’s country home in October 1970. This alternate take has the horns tying different lines and fills and it has not the “attack” of the final version on Sticky Fingers.
Though the reissue won’t be released for another month, we’re premiering an exclusive listen of the extended “Bitch,” and you can listen below.
The extended version of “Bitch” appears on the deluxe and super deluxe version reissue of Sticky Fingers, which is out 6/9 via Universal Music. Pre-order it here.