Rarities Volume I & Volume II

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Rarities Volume I & Volume II
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Volume I
Compilation album by The Who
Released 14 August 1983
Recorded 1966–1972
Genre Rock
Label Polydor
The Who chronology
Who's Greatest Hits
(1983)Who's Greatest Hits1983
Rarities Volume I & Volume II
The Singles
(1984)The Singles1984

Rarities Volume I & Volume II is a two-album series collecting songs by The Who, released in 1983 on Polydor in the United Kingdom.

Release history[edit]

The very first release in this series was a single LP titled Join Together - Rarities issued by Polydor in Australia and New Zealand in 1982. It had the same contents as the later released Rarities Volume II with the exception of a shorter version of "I Don't Even Know Myself". The short version of this song fades out about twenty seconds early instead of having a full ending.

In the early 1980s, after the announcement of the Who's Last Tour, Polydor UK expanded on the original concept by compiling two albums of hard to find tracks, mostly obscure B-sides, on Rarities Volume I and Volume II.[1] These albums were originally released on two separate LPs and then re-released on a single CD. Some copies of the CD version were defective and were replaced by the manufacturer. Defective copies may still be in circulation.

Some versions of this release mistakenly use the stereo album version of "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" rather than the much rarer mono US b-side version. The b-side is actually a completely different recording of the same song.

Track listing[edit]

Rarities Volume I[edit]

All tracks written by Pete Townshend, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Original release Length
1. "Circles" Ready Steady Who, 1966  
2. "Disguises" Ready Steady Who  
3. "Batman" (Neal Hefti) Ready Steady Who  
4. "Bucket T" (Dean Torrence, Roger Christian, Donald J. Altfeld) Ready Steady Who  
5. "Barbara Ann" (Fred Fassert) Ready Steady Who  
6. "In the City" (John Entwistle, Keith Moon) B-side of "I'm a Boy", 1966  
7. "I've Been Away" (Entwistle) UK B-side of "Happy Jack", 1966  
8. "Doctor, Doctor" (Entwistle) B-side of "Pictures of Lily", 1967  
Side two
No. Title Original release Length
9. "The Last Time" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) UK non-album single, 1967  
10. "Under My Thumb" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) B-side of "The Last Time"  
11. "Someone's Coming" (John Entwistle) U.S. B-side of "Magic Bus", 1968  
12. "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" U.S. B-side of "I Can See for Miles", 1967  
13. "Dogs" Non-album single, 1968  
14. "Call Me Lightning" B-side of "Dogs"  
15. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (John Entwistle) UK B-side of "Magic Bus"  

Rarities Volume II[edit]

Side one
No. Title Original release Length
1. "Join Together" Non-album single, 1972 4:17
2. "I Don't Even Know Myself" B-side of "Won't Get Fooled Again", 1971 4:30
3. "Heaven and Hell" (Entwistle) B-side of "Summertime Blues", 1970 3:35
4. "When I Was a Boy" (Entwistle) B-side of "Let's See Action", 1971 3:30
5. "Let's See Action (Nothing Is Everything)" Non-album single, 1971 3:58
Side two
No. Title Original release Length
6. "Relay" Non-album single, 1972 3:38
7. "Waspman" (Moon) B-side of "Relay" 3:02
8. "Here for More" (Roger Daltrey) B-side of "The Seeker", 1970 2:24
9. "Water" B-side of "5:15" and "Love, Reign o'er Me", 1973 4:39
10. "Baby Don't You Do It" (Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier) B-side of "Join Together" 6:18


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