Rarities • Beatles US album

USA vinyl album Rarities

‘Rarities’ USA album – front cover
Front cover
‘Rarities’ USA album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Rarities’ USA album – back cover
Back cover
‘Rarities’ USA album – Capitol record label
Record label
  • Label: Capitol SHAL 12060
  • Released: 28th March 1980
  • Sales figures: over ½ million; Certified Gold – 16th January 1997
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #21;
    Cashbox – #20;
    Record World – #26
  • Weeks in chart: 15 – from 12th April 1980

Side A: Love Me Do / Misery / There’s A Place / Sie Liebt Dich / And I Love Her / Help! / I’m Only Sleeping / I Am The Walrus
Side B: Penny Lane / Helter Skelter / Don’t Pass Me By / The Inner Light / Across The Universe / You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) / Sgt. Pepper Inner Grove

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (11) Starkey and (12) Harrison

Total running time: 41.04

‘Rarities’ had already been released as part of the box-set in Britain, but fans were clamouring for a stand-alone album so EMI put it out. Things were a little bit different in the States, however, because the early American LPs all had different running orders to their British counterparts. So most of these ‘rarities’ had already been released. That didn’t matter too much for the box-set, but it wouldn’t do for a stand-alone album. So Capitol decided to completely re-make it with different tracks and a brand-new cover.

The new set included the wildlife version of ‘Across The Universe’ and the original version of ‘Love Me Do’ with Ringo on the drums. It also contained the mono versions of ‘Helter Skelter’ and ‘Don’t Pass Me By’.

Unfortunately they also introduced a …

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