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Rarities is the name of two separate and unrelated compilation albums by the English rock band the Beatles. The first was released in the United Kingdom in December 1978, while the second set was issued in the United States in 1980.


1978 UK albumEdit

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Released2 December 1978
EMI Studios, London; Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris; HMV Studios, Bombay
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles British chronology
The Beatles Collection
The Beatles' Ballads
Professional ratings
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AllMusic     [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 (that is, the albums included in the 1978 box set), along with the career-spanning compilations 1962–1966 and 1967–1970, 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 would still be missing the original single version of "Love Me Do", however. This track, which went out of print in late 1963, was not available anywhere until its inclusion on the 1980 American Rarities. It was finally made available again in Britain in 1982 on the "Love Me Do" 12-single.

The album was released on 2 November 1978 in the UK, as part of the British edition of The Beatles Collection box set. On 12 October 1979, Rarities was issued as a stand-alone album in the United Kingdom.

Track listingEdit

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 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" rather than "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand," and "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 on 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)

Charts and certificationsEdit

1980 US albumEdit

US cover
Compilation album by
Released24 March 1980
Recorded1962–1970 at EMI Studios, London, Pathé Marconi Studio, Paris; HMV Studios, Bombay
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles American chronology
The Beatles Collection
Reel Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide     [5]

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 disc titled Rarities were already available on American Beatles LPs. As a result, Capitol assembled an album of Beatles tracks that 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 America. A highlight of the album was the gatefold sleeve featuring a reproduction of the original controversial "butcher" cover photo of the 1966 Yesterday and Today album.

Although the Capitol Rarities album was geared towards 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. All but three of the tracks were subsequently made available on other Beatles CDs,[6] such as the Beatles' 2009 mono and stereo box sets.

After the album was released in 1980, Paul McCartney stated that it was "quite good".[7]

Track listingEdit

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. available on The Beatles Box
  6. "Help!"
  7. "I'm Only Sleeping"
    • Stereo, final UK Revolver mix (early mono and alternate stereo mixes were 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. available on The Beatles Box
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. available on The Beatles Box
  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.

Charts and certificationsEdit


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  2. ^ "The Beatles | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  3. ^ "British album certifications – The Beatles – Rarities". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 May 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Rarities in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  4. ^ AllMusic review
  5. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John, eds. (1983). The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. New York, NY: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-394-72107-1.
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  7. ^ Rolling Stone magazine, 26 June 1980. "Paul McCartney's one man band" by Paul Gambaccini pages 13 & 20.
  8. ^ Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book (1940–1969). Turramurra: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-44439-5.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0178a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  10. ^ " – The Beatles – Rarities". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  11. ^ "The Beatles Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Rarities". Music Canada. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – The Beatles – Rarities". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 17 May 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.