In 1978, Parlophone Records in the U.K. released The Beatles Collection, a boxed set containing the Beatles' 12 original U.K. albums. Since the British tendency in the 1960s was not to include singles on albums, this meant that the box did not contain more than 30 tracks that had only appeared in Britain on singles and EPs. To make up for that to some extent, Parlophone added to the box a Rarities album containing 17 of those stray tracks (in the U.S., the box was released in a limited edition with a slightly different Rarities album, not to be confused with the Rarities album released in the U.S. in 1980, which is completely different.) The idea was to include the least easily available of the lost tracks, so hits like "Hey Jude" weren't included. In 1979, Parlophone issued the Rarities album separate from the box, and heard on its own it comes across as a miscellaneous collection which demonstrates that even Beatles B-sides could be enjoyable performances.
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