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 Motörhead
Released

7 May 2002 (Tear Ya Down: The Rarities)

29 October 2002 (Speed Not Comfort)
Recorded 1977–1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length

1:22:02 (Tear Ya Down: The Rarities)

1:37:06 (Speed Not Comfort)
Label

Metal-Is (Tear Ya Down: The Rarities)

Eagle Records (Speed Not Comfort)
Motörhead chronology
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(2002)Hammered2002
Tear Ya Down: The Rarities
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Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years
(2003)Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 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.

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

CD1 (originally released as Dirty Love)[edit]

  1. Hump on Your Back (3:42) (Eddie Clarke)
  2. Shoot You in the Back (3:09) (Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor)
  3. Dirty Love (1:02) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  4. Dirty Love (Full Version) (3:51) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  5. Love Me Like a Reptile (4:15) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  6. Fast and Loose (3:03) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  7. Waltz of the Vampire (3:38) (Clarke)
  8. Ace of Spades (Rare Version) (3:02) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  9. Bastard (3:04) (Clarke)
  10. Godzilla Akimbo (2:20) (Clarke)
  11. (We Are) the Road Crew (3:22) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)

CD2 (originally released as Stone Dead Forever)[edit]

  1. Like a Nightmare (4:13) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  2. Treat Me Nice (3:52 (Clarke)
  3. Stone Dead Forever (4:35) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  4. Sharpshooter (3:17) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  5. You Ain't Gonna Live Forever (3:11) (Clarke)
  6. The Hammer (3:12) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  7. Bomber (3:36) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  8. Love Me Like a Reptile (Alternative Version) (3:31) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  9. Fun on the Farm (2:59) (Clarke)
  10. Tear Ya Down (2:40) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  11. Fire Fire (2:41) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  12. Louie, Louie (2:45) (Richard Berry)
  13. Jailbait (3:33) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  14. Step Down (3:27) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)

Track listing of 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.

CD1[edit]

  1. Shoot You in the Back (3:09) (Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor)
  2. Dirty Love (4:53) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  3. Hump on Your Back (3:42) (Clarke)
  4. Love Me Like a Reptile (4:15) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  5. Fast and Loose (3:03) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  6. Waltz of the Vampire (3:38) (Clarke)
  7. Nightmare (4:13) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  8. Treat Me Nice (3:52 (Clarke)
  9. Stone Dead Forever (4:35) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  10. Sharpshooter (3:17) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  11. You Ain't Gonna Live Forever (3:11) (Clarke)
  12. The Hammer (3:12) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  13. Bomber (3:36) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  14. Love Me Like a Reptile (Alternative Version) (3:31) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)

CD2[edit]

  1. Ace of Spades (Rare Version) (3:02) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  2. Bastard (3:04) (Clarke)
  3. Godzilla Akimbo (2:20) (Clarke)
  4. (We Are) the Road Crew (3:22) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  5. Fun on the Farm (2:59) (Clarke)
  6. Tear Ya Down (2:40) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  7. Fire Fire (2:41) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  8. Louie, Louie (2:45) (Richard Berry)
  9. Jailbait (3:33) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  10. Step Down (3:27) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  11. Dirty Love (Full Version) (3:51) (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor)
  12. The Train Kept A-Rollin' (Live) (3:55) (Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann) (Bonus Track)
  13. City Kids (Live) (3:38) (Larry Wallis, Duncan Sanderson) (Bonus Track)
  14. Vibrator (Live) (3:38) (Wallis, Des Brown) (Bonus Track)

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 June 3, 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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