Rarities (The Beatles compilations)

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Rarities is the name of two separate and unrelated Beatles compilations, released in the UK in 1978 and 1980 in the US.

1978[edit]

Rarities
UK cover
Compilation album by The Beatles
Released 2 December 1978
Recorded 1962–1969,
EMI Studios, London; Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris; EMI Studios, Bombay
Genre Rock
Length 43:29
Label Parlophone
Producer George Martin
The Beatles British chronology
The Beatles Collection
(1978)
Rarities
(1978)
The Beatles' Ballads
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Rarities is a British compilation album featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles. The album was originally released as part of The Beatles Collection, a box set featuring all other Beatles records, but was later released individually. The album has not been released on CD, but all of the tracks are available on the double CD compilation Past Masters.

Rarities was conceived to include lesser known songs that were not included on any other original Beatles album — these included B-sides of singles, two German language recordings, the tracks from an EP with exclusive material, a song recorded for the American market and a version of "Across the Universe" that had previously appeared on a World Wildlife Fund charity record.

The choice of selections seems to assume that the customer already has all the regular issue British albums (i.e., the albums included in the 1978 boxed set) plus the The Beatles/1962-1966 (the "Red Album"), the The Beatles/1967-1970 (the "Blue Album"), and Magical Mystery Tour but not A Collection of Beatles Oldies or Hey Jude. Such a collector would own copies of every song in the entire Beatles catalogue except for all the songs provided on Rarities. (Such a collector, however, would still be missing the original single version of "Love Me Do." This track, which went out-of-print in the fall of 1963, was not available anywhere until included on the 1980 American album, The Beatles Rarities. It was finally made available again in Britain in 1982 on a "Love Me Do" 12-single that also featured the common version of "Love Me Do" as well as "P.S. I Love You.")

The album was released 2 November 1978 in Britain, as part of the British edition of The Beatles Collection boxed set. It was also issued in 12 October 1979 in the United Kingdom as a stand-alone album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lennon–McCartney except where indicated. All songs are in mono unless indicated as stereo.

Side one
  1. "Across the Universe" ("Wildlife" version from a British various artists charity album titled No One's Gonna Change Our World) stereo
  2. "Yes It Is" (B-side)
  3. "This Boy" (B-side)
  4. "The Inner Light" (Harrison) (B-side)
  5. "I'll Get You" (B-side)
  6. "Thank You Girl" (B-side)
  7. "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" (German version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand") stereo
  8. "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" (B-side)
  9. "Sie Liebt Dich" (German version of "She Loves You") stereo

The US pressing of Rarities included in the limited edition numbered boxed set of The Beatles Collection contained She Loves You rather than Sie Liebt Dich.

Side two
  1. "Rain" (B-side)
  2. "She's a Woman" (B-side)
  3. "Matchbox" (Perkins) (From "Long Tall Sally" EP)
  4. "I Call Your Name" (From "Long Tall Sally" EP)
  5. "Bad Boy" (Williams) (recorded for the American LP Beatles VI, first UK release in A Collection of Beatles Oldies) stereo
  6. "Slow Down" (Williams) (From "Long Tall Sally" EP)
  7. "I'm Down" (B-side)
  8. "Long Tall Sally" (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell) (From "Long Tall Sally" EP)

1980[edit]

Rarities
US cover
Compilation album by The Beatles
Released 24 March 1980
Recorded 1962–1970 at EMI Studios, London, Pathé Marconi Studio, Paris; EMI Studios, Bombay
Genre Rock
Length 41:04
Label Capitol
Producer George Martin
The Beatles American chronology
The Beatles Collection
(1978)
Rarities
(1980)
Reel Music
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Rarities is a compilation album released by Capitol Records featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles. The album was inspired by an earlier compilation of the same name which was released as part of The Beatles Collection box set. Most of the tracks on The Beatles Collection album called Rarities were already available on American Beatles LPs. As a result, Capitol assembled an album of Beatles tracks which were considered rare in America. They include tracks not previously issued on a Capitol or Apple LP and alternative versions of several well-known songs which were also not readily available in the US The gatefold of the album cover features the original controversial "butcher" cover photo of the Yesterday...and Today album.

Though the Capitol Rarities album was geared toward the American market, it was also issued in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Japan and New Zealand. The Rarities album has not been released on compact disc, though all but three of the tracks are now available on other Beatles CDs,[3] especially the Beatles' 2009 mono and stereo box sets.

When the album was released Paul McCartney said it was "quite good".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lennon–McCartney except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Love Me Do"
  2. "Misery"
  3. "There's a Place"
  4. "Sie Liebt Dich"
  5. "And I Love Her"
    • Stereo, alternate version with six-bar ending; originally issued in Germany; not available on CD
  6. "Help!"
  7. "I'm Only Sleeping"
    • Stereo, final UK Revolver mix (an early mix was released in the US)
  8. "I Am the Walrus"
    • Stereo, new mix compiled from US single and UK album mixes: six-bar intro and extra beats before the "Yellow matter custard" verse; not available on CD
Side two
  1. "Penny Lane"
    • Stereo, new version compiled from the German true stereo version with the US promotional mono version's extra piccolo trumpet solo added onto the ending; not available on CD
  2. "Helter Skelter"
  3. "Don't Pass Me By" (Starkey)
  4. "The Inner Light" (Harrison)
  5. "Across the Universe"
  6. "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"
  7. "Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove"
    • Stereo, a piece that ended the original British release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band but was not included on the American version of the album. It consists of a few seconds of 15 kilohertz tone (similar to a dog whistle) followed by two seconds of laughter and noise on the runout groove. The tone is not included on this album but the laughter and noise are featured just before the actual runout groove. It has since been restored, including the high-pitch tone, for all worldwide CD and cassette versions of Sgt. Pepper as well as the 2012 vinyl remaster of the LP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ link
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1535
  4. ^ Rolling Stone magazine, 26 June 1980. "Paul McCartney's one man band" by Paul Gambaccini pages 13 & 20.