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UK Release: December 2, 1978 (Individual Release)

Parlophone Records PCM 1001 ● Parlophone PSLP 261 (Included with Parlophone BC 13 Box Set)

Produced by: George Martin

Side One


  1. Across the Universe

  2. Yes It Is

  3. This Boy

  4. The Inner Light

  5. I'll Get You

  6. Thank You Girl

  7. Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand

  8. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

  9. Sie Liebt Dich

Side Two


  1. Rain

  2. She's a Woman

  3. Matchbox

  4. I Call Your Name

  5. Bad Boy

  6. Slow Down

  7. I'm Down

  8. Long Tall Sally

In the U.K. the Rarities  album was predominantly the singles' B-Sides, mixed with the Long Tall Sally  E.P. But the true prize was the Wildlife version of "Across The Universe" and the two German language versions of "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand".


The U.K. Rarities set was originally released as part of the Beatles Collection box set. The box set was a complete discography of The Beatles U.K. album releases in a reissue form. Much like the 1987 CD, Past Masters, Rarities  was a way to master some songs not available on Beatles albums. Although the box set failed to add some of the many non-LP singles, Rarities  was a nice addition to the collection.


The 1978 Vinyl box set contained 12 original U.K. Beatles albums and the Rarities:


  1. Please Please Me

  2. With the Beatles

  3. A Hard Day's Night

  4. Beatles for Sale

  5. Help!

  6. Rubber Soul

  7. Revolver

  8. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

  9. The Beatles (The White Album)

  10. Yellow Submarine

  11. Abbey Road

  12. Let It Be

  13. Rarities

Click the photo to view full page version - courtesy of The Beatles Collection


US Release: March 24, 1980

Capitol Records SHAL 12060

Produced by: George Martin (Phil Spector on “Across The Universe”)

Where the U.K. Rarities  catered to B-Sides and the Long Tall Sally  E.P., The U.S. Rarities  catered more toward bonus tracks not typical of the U.S. Many of the songs have never been available in the U.S. and for the North American market, Rarities  was true to its title.

Side One


  1. Love Me Do * - U.K. single with Ringo on drums

  2. Misery - original Please Please Me version

  3. There's a Place - original Please Please Me version

  4. Sie Liebt Dich - German version of "She Loves You"

  5. And I Love Her - extended version originally released in Germany

  6. Help! * - alternate version with different vocals

  7. I'm Only Sleeping - U.K. Revolver mix

  8. I Am the Walrus - extended version with extra bars


Side Two


  1. Penny Lane - with bonus piccolo ending

  2. Helter Skelter * - earlier fade-out

  3. Don't Pass Me By * - sped-up version with alternative violin mixes

  4. The Inner Light * - B-Side to "Lady Madonna" single

  5. Across the Universe - World Wildlife version

  6. You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) * - B-Side to "Let It Be" single 

  7. Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove - ending of Sgt. Pepper album not released in the U.S.



The album came with an informative back cover [shown below] along with the full length Butcher Cover of Yesterday And Today  and a collection of photos of The Beatles not common in the U.S. before. Of all of the post-breakup releases, Rarities  was one of the finer gems released by Capitol Records.

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