Rarities (The Beach Boys album)

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Rarities
Compilation album by The Beach Boys
Released 1983
Genre Rock
Length 30:25
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
Compiler Brad Elliot
The Beach Boys chronology
Sunshine Dream
(1982)
Rarities
(1983)
The Beach Boys
(1985)

Rarities is a Beach Boys compilation album released in 1983 by Capitol Records. It is a collection of outtakes, alternate mixes & B-sides recorded between 1962 & 1970. Included are songs written or made popular by The Beatles, The Box Tops, Stevie Wonder, and Lead Belly. Also featured are several standards, such as "The Lord's Prayer" and "Auld Lang Syne". The album sold poorly and was quickly deleted.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "With a Little Help from My Friends" (Lennon/McCartney) – 2:22
  2. "The Letter" (Carson) – 1:47
  3. "I Was Made to Love Her" [alternate version] (Cosby/Hardaway/Moy/Wonder) – 2:34
  4. "You're Welcome" (B. Wilson) – 1:06
  5. "The Lord's Prayer" (Malotte) – 2:31
  6. "Bluebirds over the Mountain" (Hickey) – 2:49
  7. "Celebrate the News" [alternate version] (D. Wilson/Jakobson) – 3:03
  8. "Good Vibrations" [alternate version] (B. Wilson/Love) – 3:33
  9. "Land Ahoy" (B. Wilson) – 1:42
  10. "In My Room [German version]" (B. Wilson/Usher) – 2:15
  11. "Cottonfields" (Lead Belly) – 3:02
  12. "All I Want to Do" [live] (D. Wilson) – 2:30 (1:39 on some pressings)
  13. "Auld Lang Syne" (Traditional) – 1:11

CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Medley: Good Vibrations/Help Me, Rhonda/I Get Around/Little Deuce Coupe"
  2. "Medley: Surfer Girl/Girls on the Beach/Ballad of Ole' Betsy/We'll Run Away"
  3. "Beach Boys Medley: Good Vibrations/Help Me, Rhonda/I Get Around/Shut Down"

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

In a brief review, AllMusic's William Ruhlmann called Rarities a collection of "alternate takes, surprising cover versions, and different mixes of familiar songs make this a delight for collectors and hard-core fans. To anyone else, it's pleasant but non-essential."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Beach Boys Rarities - The Beach Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-07.