Tear Ya Down: The Rarities

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Tear Ya Down: The Rarities
Tear Ya Down, The Rarities Album Cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released7 May 2002 (Tear Ya Down: The Rarities) 29 October 2002 (Speed Not Comfort)
Recorded1977–1980
GenreHeavy metal
Length1:22:02 (Tear Ya Down: The Rarities) 1:37:06 (Speed Not Comfort)
LabelMetal-Is (Tear Ya Down: The Rarities) Eagle Records (Speed Not Comfort)
Motörhead chronology
Hammered
(2002)
Tear Ya Down: The Rarities
(2002)
Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Tear Ya Down: The Rarities (also released as Speed Not Comfort) is a 2-CD compilation album by the band Motörhead, released in 2002 on the Metal-Is label.

Recording[edit]

Tear Ya Down: The Rarities features many alternative recordings and rare tracks throughout Motörhead's early history from 1977 to 1980.

  • Disc 1 of this compilation was originally released semi-officially under the title Dirty Love in 1989.[2]
  • Disc 2 of this compilation was originally released semi-officially under the title Stone Dead Forever in 1997.[2]

The compilation was also released a second time in 2002 under the title Speed Not Comfort through the Label Eagle Records with a shuffled track listing and three live tracks from Blitzkrieg on Birmingham '77 as a bonus.[citation needed]

Track listing of Tear Ya Down: The Rarities[edit]

Track List[edit]

Disc 1 (Originally Released as 1989 ~ Dirty Love)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hump on Your Back" (Rare Demo)Eddie Clarke3:42
2."Shoot You in the Back" (Demo)Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor3:09
3."Dirty Love" (Demo 'Outtake')Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1:02
4."Dirty Love" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:51
5."Love Me Like a Reptile" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor4:15
6."Fast and Loose" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:03
7."Waltz of the Vampire" (Demo Take on "Dance")Clarke3:38
8."Ace of Spades (Rare)" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:02
9."Bastard" (Rare Demo)Clarke3:04
10."Godzilla Akimbo" (Rare Demo)Clarke2:20
11."(We Are) The Road Crew" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:22
Disc 2 (Originally Released as 1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Like a Nightmare" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor4:13
2."Treat Me Nice" (Demo Take on "You Better Run")Clarke3:52
3."Stone Dead Forever" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor4:35
4."Sharpshooter" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:17
5."You Ain't Gonna Live Forever" (Rare Demo)Clarke3:11
6."The Hammer" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:12
7."Bomber" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:36
8."Love Me Like a Reptile" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:31
9."Fun on the Farm" (Rare Demo)Clarke2:59
10."Tear Ya Down" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor2:40
11."Fire, Fire" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor2:41
12."Louie, Louie" (Alternative Version 2)Richard Berry2:45
13."Jailbait" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:33
14."Step Down" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor3:27

Speed Not Comfort[edit]

Speed Not Comfort features the same tracks as Tear Ya Down: The Rarities but on this compilation the tracks are shuffled and not in the same order as on the original semi-official releases Dirty Love and Stone Dead Forever. This compilation also added three live tracks from the semi-official live album Blitzkrieg on Birmingham '77. Another difference is that Speed Not Comfort includes a longer version of the song "Dirty Love", which consists of the short outtake and the so-called "Full version" (look at the track listing of Tear Ya Down: The Rarities), although the "Full version" itself (without the outtake) is included as well. On this compilation the song "Like a Nightmare" is called "Nightmare", like on the original release Stone Dead Forever. While the booklet of Tear Ya Down: The Rarities includes descriptions about the songs of this compilation, Speed Not Comfort contains liner notes by Roy Davies.

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."Shoot You in the Back" (Demo)Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor1989 ~ Dirty Love3:09
2."Dirty Love" (Full Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1989 ~ Dirty Love4:53
3."Hump on Your Back" (Rare Demo)Clarke1989 ~ Dirty Love3:42
4."Love Me Like a Reptile" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1989 ~ Dirty Love4:15
5."Fast and Loose" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1989 ~ Dirty Love3:03
6."Waltz of the Vampire" (Demo Take on "Dance")Clarke1989 ~ Dirty Love3:38
7."Like a Nightmare" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever4:13
8."Treat Me Nice" (Demo Take on 'You Better Run")Clarke1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever3:52
9."Stone Dead Forever" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever4:35
10."Sharpshooter" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever3:17
11."You Ain't Gonna Live Forever" (Rare Demo)Clarke1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever3:11
12."The Hammer" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever3:12
13."Bomber" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever3:36
14."Love Me Like a Reptile" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever3:31
Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."Ace of Spades (Rare)" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1989 ~ Dirty Love3:02
2."Bastard" (Rare Demo)Clarke1989 ~ Dirty Love3:04
3."Godzilla Akimbo" (Rare Demo)Clarke1989 ~ Dirty Love2:20
4."(We Are) The Road Crew" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1989 ~ Dirty Love3:22
5."Fun on the Farm" (Rare Demo)Clarke1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever2:59
6."Tear Ya Down" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever2:40
7."Fire, Fire" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever2:41
8."Louie, Louie" (Alternative Version 2)Richard Berry1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever2:45
9."Jailbait" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever3:33
10."Step Down" (Alternative Version)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1997 ~ Stone Dead Forever3:27
11."Dirty Love" (Demo)Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor1989 ~ Dirty Love3:51
Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
12."Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Live in 1977)Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann1989 ~ Blitzkrieg on Birmingham '773:55
13."City Kids" (Live in 1977)Larry Wallis, Duncan Sanderson1989 ~ Blitzkrieg on Birmingham '773:38
14."Vibrator" (Live in 1977)Wallis, Des Brown1989 ~ Blitzkrieg on Birmingham '773:38

About the Songs[edit]

Alternative Recordings[edit]

  • The Richard-Berry-cover "Louie, Louie" was originally released by Motörhead on the single Louie, Louie in 1978.
  • "Tear Ya Down" was originally released on the studio album Overkill in 1979.
  • "Like a Nightmare" (or just "Nightmare" on Speed Not Comfort) was originally released on the single No Class in 1979.
  • "Stone Dead Forever", "Sharpshooter", "Bomber" and "Step Down" were originally released on the studio album Bomber in 1980.
  • "Dirty Love" was originally released on the single Ace of Spades in 1980.
  • "Shoot You in the Back", "Love Me Like a Reptile", "Fast and Loose", "Ace of Spades", "(We Are) the Road Crew", "The Hammer", "Fire Fire" and "Jailbait" were originally released on the studio album Ace of Spades in 1980.

All the alternative versions of these songs were later included on the 2005 released deluxe editions of the albums Overkill, Bomber and Ace of Spades.

Rare Tracks[edit]

  • "Hump on Your Back" was originally recorded in 1980 and originally released on the semi-official LP-single Hump on Your Back in 1996.
  • "Waltz of the Vampire" was originally recorded in 1980 and is an early instrumental which became the song "Dance", released on the studio album Ace of Spades in 1980.
  • "Bastard", "Godzilla Akimbo", "You Ain't Gonna Live Forever" and "Fun on the Farm" are rare tracks which were recorded around 1980. "Bastard". "Godzilla Akimbo" and "You Ain't Gonna Live Forever" are otherwise unavailable, while "Fun on the Farm" was later included on the 2007 released compilation Fast Eddie Clarke Anthology.
  • "Treat Me Nice" was originally recorded in 1980 and is an early version of the song "You Better Run", released on the studio album March ör Die in 1992.

Live Versions (Speed Not Comfort Only)[edit]

All three live versions were recorded at the Town Hall in Birmingham on 3 June 1977 and were originally released on the semi-official live album Blitzkrieg on Birmingham '77 in 1989.[3] The tracks are also included in the 2002 released live compilation Keep Us on the Road – Live 1977, which contains both semi official-live albums Blitzkrieg on Birmingham '77 and Lock up Your Daughters.[4]

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