Today, March 24, 1980, in Beatles History, the release of "Rarities".
Rarities is a compilation album released by Capitol Records featuring a selection of songs considered rare, never before heard before.
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 album called Rarities were already available on American Beatles LPs. As a result, Capitol assembled an album of Beatles tracks which were considered rare in America. They include tracks not previously issued on a Capitol or Apple LP (the only track that is still missing is "I'm Down") 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 Yesterday...and Today album.
Though the Capitol Rarities album was geared toward 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, though all but three of the tracks are now available on other Beatles CDs, especially the Beatles' 2009 mono and stereo box sets.
After the album was released in 1980, Paul McCartney stated that it was "quite good".
Rarities peaked at #21
in the Billboard charts.
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“You want a better kind of future, one that everyone can share, you’re not alone, we all could use it, stick around, we’re nearly there”. McCartney II, 1980. Potentially Macca’s most underrated album which is effectively the sequel to 1970’s ‘McCartney’ album. ‘McCartney’ was recorded as the Beatles were breaking up in early 1970 and this album was recorded whilst Wings was effectively breaking up, although the circumstances were a lot less bitter this time round. The album is entirely a home recording with Paul playing every instrument on the album and is definitely one of his most experimental solo albums.
The lead single and opening track, ‘Coming Up’, off this album was the song that inspired John Lennon to come out of retirement and record what would be unfortunately his final album, ‘Double Fantasy’, before he was murdered in December 1980. Lennon described ‘Coming Up’ as “a good piece of work” but also jokingly stated “it’s driving me crackers”.
The artwork for this album is one of Paul’s best, I really like the cover photo.
Tracks are: Coming Up / Temporary Secretary / On The Way / Waterfalls / Nobody Knows / Front Parlour / Summer’s Day Song / Frozen Jap / Bogey Music / One of These Days.
Which Beatle song makes you feel most - happy, sad, nostalgic, makes you think about the world?
For me ~ I’ve got a feeling, Real Love, In my life/I’ve just seen a face, Let it be 🧡