The Rolling Stones 16th U.K. +18th U.S. studio album Tattoo You was released at the end of August 1981. However its roots go back nearly 4 albums and 8 years prior. It was mostly pieced together from studio outtakes and previously recorded tunes during the Goats Head Soup, Black and Blue, Some Girls, Emotional Rescue sessions.
In an article about the creation of the album, Keith Richards is quoted as saying:
"The thing with Tattoo You wasn't that we'd stopped writing new stuff, it was a question of time. We'd agreed we were going to go out on the road and we wanted to tour behind a record. There was no time to make a whole new album and make the start of the tour"
Some of the songs just needed vocal tracks or overdubs while others needed a good polishing/re-recording. This was done largely in Paris between October 1980-June 1981. Anticipation grew from the fans after the lead single, "Start Me Up" dropped 10 days before the album.. On this day in 1981, after it entered the charts, "Tattoo You" album hit #1 for the first of nine weeks. It also marked their ninth #1 album in the U.S. selling over four million copies to becoming their second biggest selling studio album in the process. Not bad for a collection of ....leftovers.