Rarities

The Beatles
 
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Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. PSLP 261 (in "The Beatles Collection" box
PCM 1001 (Individual release)
Country of Origin England
Release Date 2nd December 1978 (in "The Beatles Collection" box)
12th October 1979 (Individual release)
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :3rd November 1979
Highest Position :71
Weeks in Chart :1
Detail : Another E.M.I. classic "blunder".
This L.P. was included as a "bonus" with the release of the Beatles Collection box set of L.P.'s. For those die-hard fans who probably already had the complete set of albums, and were paying out 51:39 for them all again, the temptation of an extra L.P. of unreleased Beatles gems was an opportunity not to miss !
BUT (why are there always but's with E.M.I. ??) ... firstly, there wasn't anything really unique on the album as you will see from the track detail below, and worse of all, just 10 months later, out it appeared as a release in it's own right.

The main feature of the unreleased tracks was supposed to be that here they would be in stereo for the first time ... but, even that was not the case. In fact of the 17 tracks, just FOUR were stereo !
So what we had here were a collection of b-sides, E.P. tracks, and a german single ... WOW !
The tracklisting below gives the differences (or intended differences !).

And to be fair to E.M.I. on the second point, many record dealers in England were separating the set, and selling the "Rarities" album at any price they could get (even triple it`s true value) ... and as it didnt have an R.R.P. who could blame them.
In fact, I was one of those very dealers !!
So, to thwart the inscrupulous dealers E.M.I. gave it an official release.

The sleeve design was as minimal as we had now come to expect, with no sleeve notes (although, the later "official" release did add some), and some tracks marked as stereo were not ... and that was NOT corrected with the second version.

The album was deleted 29th February 1984.


Side 1

Track Composer Special Release Information Time
Across The Universe Lennon-McCartney Stereo
The fast version from the charity album, "No-one's Gonna Change Our World".
3:44
Yes It Is Lennon-McCartney Standard mono version from b-side of "Ticket To Ride" 2:38
This Boy Lennon-McCartney Standard mono version from b-side of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" 2:11
The Inner Light Harrison Standard mono version from b-side of "Lady Madonna" 2:33
I'll Get You Lennon-McCartney Marked as being stereo, but is MONO
From b-side of "She Loves You"
2:02
Thank You Girl Lennon-McCartney Standard mono version from b-side of "From Me To You" 1:59
Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand Lennon-McCartney Stereo
First U.K. release of this German sung version.
2:24
You Know My Name
(Look Up The Number)
Lennon-McCartney Marked as being stereo, but is MONO
From b-side of "Let It Be"
4:17
Sie Liebt Dich Lennon-McCartney Stereo
First U.K. release of this German sung version.
2:16

Side 2

Track Composer Special Release Information Time
Rain Lennon-McCartney Standard mono version from b-side of "Paperback Writer" 2:58
She's A Woman Lennon-McCartney Marked as being stereo, but is MONO
From b-side of "I Feel Fine"
2:59
Matchbox Perkins Standard mono version from "Long Tall Sally" E.P. 1:55
I Call Your Name Lennon-McCartney Standard mono version from "Long Tall Sally" E.P. 2:05
Bad Boy Williams Stereo
From "A Collection Of Beatles Oldies" album.
2:17
Slow Down Williams Standard mono version from "Long Tall Sally" E.P. 2:54
I'm Down Lennon-McCartney Marked as being stereo, but is MONO
From b-side of "Help !"
2:30
Long Tall Sally Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell Standard mono version from "Long Tall Sally" E.P. 2:00


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