| 10 February 1995|
EMI Music Sweden
10 February 1995
Pop music, Pop rock
| Clarence Öfwerman
Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!
Roxette albums, Pop music albums
Rarities is a compilation album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released from 10 February 1995 by EMI exclusively in Southeast Asia and South America. The record is composed of previously released b-sides, demos, single mixes and remixes, as well as several songs from the duo's 1993 performance for MTV Unplugged.
The album was issued exclusively in Latin America and Southeast Asia, with its release in those territories timed to coincide with dates of the band's "Crash! Boom! Bang! Tour". "Vulnerable" concomitantly served as both lead single from Rarities, as well as the fifth and final single from previous studio album Crash! Boom! Bang! (1994). The record includes four previously released remixes, including two single mixes: "Fingertips '93" – originally from 1992's Tourism – and Chris Lord-Alge's US Single Remix of "Dressed for Success". In addition to these, a remix of "Fireworks" created by British alternative rock band Jesus Jones was also included, along with an "Electric Dance Remix" of "Spending My Time" by MC King Carli and Dr Renault (pseudonyms used by regular Roxette producer Clarence Öfwerman and engineer Anders Herrlin). These had all been previously released on their respective singles.
Rarities also contains two previous released b-sides: "The Voice" appeared as the b-side to their 1988 single "Dressed for Success", while "The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye" was released as the b-side to their November 1991 single "Spending My Time". Earlier that year, in April, the song had been released as the lead single from Thomas Anders' (of Modern Talking fame) second solo album, Whispers. The song also appeared on the 1993 album Over My Heart, by American pop chanteuse Laura Branigan. The album's sole previously unreleased track was a demo version of their 1993 single "Almost Unreal". Another demo, of the non-album track "One Is Such a Lonely Number", had previously appeared as the b-side to "The Big L." in 1991. The album also includes three recordings – "Joyride", "The Look" and "Dangerous" – from the band's 9 January 1993 performance at the Stockholm Circus for MTV Unplugged. The rest of their MTV Unplugged set remained unreleased until a DVD of their entire performance was included in The Rox Box/Roxette 86–06 box set.
All lyrics written by Per Gessle; all music composed by Gessle, except "Spending My Time" by Gessle and Mats MP Persson.
Notes^[a] signifies a remixer.
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Rarities.
MusiciansMarie Fredriksson — lead vocals, tambourine (track 4), production (tracks 4–6)
Per Gessle — lead vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming, mixing, production (tracks 4–6, 9), compiling
Per "Pelle" Alsing — drums, percussion
Vicki Benckert — backing vocals (tracks 4–6)
Christer Jansson — drums (track 10)
Anders Herrlin — acoustic bass, bass guitar, engineering, programming, remixing
Jonas Isacsson — acoustic and electric guitars
Jarl "Jalle" Lorensson — harmonica (track 10)
Clarence Öfwerman — grand piano, keyboards, programming, production, mixing, remixing
Staffan Öfwerman — backing vocals and percussion (tracks 4–6)
Mats "MP" Persson — acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, programming, engineering
Per "Pelle" Sirén — electric guitars (track 10)
Alar Suurna — percussion (track 10), engineering, mixing
Nicolas "Nicki" Wallin — drums (track 10)
TechnicalChris Lord-Alge — remixing (track 3)
Mike Edwards — remixing (track 10)
1Vulnerable (single version)4:29Rarities (Roxette album) Wikipedia
3Dressed for Success (Look Sharp! US mix)4:54