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Rarities & Beach Boys Medley
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
1997 Japanese release on Capitol featuring 16 tracks: rare cuts, covers & three medleys! Includes interpretations of The Beatles' 'With A Little Help From My Friends', The Boxtops' 'The Letter', a different version of thei... more »
1997 Japanese release on Capitol featuring 16 tracks: rare cuts, covers & three medleys! Includes interpretations of The Beatles' 'With A Little Help From My Friends', The Boxtops' 'The Letter', a different version of their own hits'Good Vibrations' & 'In My Room' and much more!
Only for the hardest hardcore Beach Boys fan
R. Josef | New Haven, CT United States | 09/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first 13 tracks on this album were orginally released in 1983 on LP and rapidly withdrawn because it was put out without the Beach Boys' approval. The CD was only released in Japan and is also very difficult to find. The album is full of good music,
but only a real Beach Boys completist should fork out the dough, because over half of these songs are now available on the boxed set and/or bonus tracks on their re-released albums. On those that are not:
"With a Little Help from My Friends" -- an outtake from the "Wild Honey" album, this has a very uncharacteristic lead vocal from Bruce Johnston.
"The Letter" -- a cool cover of the Box Tops hit. Although the liner notes state that it's another "Wild Honey" outtake, this studio track was actually intended for an aborted live album (that's a long story!).
"I Was Made to Love Her" -- this longer version of the "Wild Honey" track has a great doo-wopping tag that was stupidly lopped off of the final version. Really good.
"Bluebirds over the Mountain" -- the Dutch stereo single mix with an overdub track oddly emphasized by mistake. Not a great song in the first place, this is just a curiosity.
"Good Vibrations" -- an incomplete, preliminary version. Although this edit is only found here, the various pieces that went into it are on the "Smiley Smile/Wild Honey" CD and the boxed set.
"All I Want to Do" -- a fun, rowdy live version, from the same tour that produced the "Live in London" CD.
On the CD, three bonus tracks are also included -- medleys which include snippets of classic Beach Boys songs. One of these was released as a single in 1981 to capitalize on the "Stars on 45" craze -- again, without the consent of the band. Very irritating, actually.
So, there are some interesting finds here, but whether they are worth the effort of tracking down "Rarities" is debatable. Unless you're a Beach Boys nut who just can't get enough, there are many better -- and cheaper -- ways of getting your fix!
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albinowski | Union, New Jersey United States | 05/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There really aren't 42 song's on this album. There are 16 tracks. The first 13 tracks that they listed are correct. Then here's how the rest go... #14 "Medley:Up Tempo" (Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, I Get Around, Little Deuce Coupe, Little Honda, Hawaii, 409, Noble Surfer, Dance, Dance, Dance, Shut Down, Surfin Safari, Barbara Ann, Surfin U.S.A., Fun Fun Fun.) Track #15 "Medly:Ballad" (Surfer Girl, Girls On The Beach, Ballad Of Ole' Betsy, We'll Run Away, Caroline No, The Surfer Moon, In My Room) and Track # 16 "The Beach Boys Medley" (Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, I Get Around, Shut Down, Surfin Safari, Barbara Ann, Surfin U.S.A., Fun Fun Fun). Even though this album doesn't have 42 tracks it is still a great album. Some great track's are "The Letter", "I Was Made To Love Her", "Bluebirds Over The Mountains", "Cotton Fields" and "All I Wanna Do". I hadnt heard of alot of the songs on the album before I got it but I ended up loving them. The version of "In My Room" on the album is the German Version. Good Vibration's isnt the actual single's version of the song. It starts off instrumental and then goes into the singing but is still pretty cool. This is over all a great album and would do alot of good in the hand's of any true Beach Boys fan much like my self. The Medley's are great. My personal favorite Medley is the Ballad Medley because the songs fade into each other so perfectly. Like Surfer Girl starts the ballad Medley just as you getting into the song you will forget its a medley and then out of no where it will fade into Girls On The Beach and I was fooled at first when I first heard it because it faded in so perfectly I thought it was still Surfer Girl then I was like What The Heck? haha. The best part of the ballad Medley is how Caroline No comes in from We'll Run Away. So yeah this album is definetly worth getting."
Chris | Bakersfield, CA | 06/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album came out in 1983, and I've never heard that album until I bought the import CD from Japan and heard it. "Rarities" is a collection of outtakes, alternate versions, and some unreleased songs. Some tracks on this collection showed up on 60s Capitol "two-fers" right after the album went out of print. (It was later released in Japan on CD in 1997.)My four favorite tracks are:"I Was Made To Love Her": This is a different version of the song, even longer than the one on "Wild Honey". The ending (containing an acapella vocal tag and an instrumental fade) has never appeared on the album, but when I heard it, I was suprised to hear it."All I Want To Do": Now that's what I call a great live version (although it faded out at the end, partly because the tape machine ran out of tape)--that's all I can say about it.* "The Beach Boys Medley" (uptempo and ballads versions): This came out in 1981; the single version (also on the album) went to #12 on the charts. I heard both medleys and I liked them."Rarities" came out in 1983 on Capitol and never charted, but this is an excellent collection for hardcore Beach Boys fans (including me, especially). I've enjoyed listening to the album very much, and you might enjoy listening to it, too."