Rarities (Roxette album)

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Roxette Rarities.jpg
Compilation album by Roxette
Released 10 February 1995
Genre Pop rock
Length 53:10
Label EMI
Roxette chronology
Crash! Boom! Bang!
(1994)Crash! Boom! Bang!1994
Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!
(1995)Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!1995
Singles from Rarities
  1. "Vulnerable"
    Released: 23 February 1995

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. As of 2001, the compilation has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide.[1]

Album information[edit]

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).[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Per Gessle; all music composed by Gessle, except "Spending My Time" by Gessle and Mats MP Persson.

1."Vulnerable" (Single Version)Clarence Öfwerman4:30
2."Fingertips '93"Öfwerman3:42
3."Dressed for Success" (US Single Mix)4:53
4."Joyride" (from MTV Unplugged)
5."The Look" (from MTV Unplugged)
  • Gessle
  • Fredriksson
  • Öfwerman
6."Dangerous" (from MTV Unplugged)
  • Gessle
  • Fredriksson
  • Öfwerman
7."The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye"Öfwerman4:49
8."The Voice"Öfwerman4:27
9."Almost Unreal" (Demo, February 1993)Gessle3:25
10."Fireworks" (Jesus Jones Remix)4:11
11."Spending My Time" (Electric Dance Remix)
  • Öfwerman
  • Öfwerman[a]
  • Herrlin[a]
12."One Is Such a Lonely Number" (Demo, September 1987)Öfwerman2:33
Total length:53:10


  • ^[a] signifies a remixer.


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Rarities.[4]



  • Chris Lord-Alge — remixing (track 3)
  • Mike Edwards — remixing (track 10)


Chart (1995)
  • Peak
  • position
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[5] 17

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog #
Thailand 10 February 1995 EMI 368 832277-2
Taiwan 17 February 1995
Japan Toshiba EMI TOCP-8488
Brazil 5 April 1995 EMI 832277-2


  1. ^ Ninni O Schulman (15 April 2001). "Sagan om Roxette: På väg tillbaka - eller?" [Lord of Roxette: On the way back - or?]. Expressen (in Swedish). Bonnier AB. Archived from the original on 5 June 2001. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  2. ^ John Lannert, Marcelo Fernández Bitar (20 May 1995). "Latin Notas". Billboard. 107 (20): 35. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Thorselius, Robert (May 2003). The Look for Roxette: The Illustrated Worldwide Discography & Price Guide (1st ed.). Sweden: Premium Förlag Publishing. ISBN 978-9197189484. 
  4. ^ "Digital booklet". Rarities (liner notes). Roxette. Stockholm, Sweden: EMI. 1995. 368 832277-2. 
  5. ^ ロクセットのアルバム売り上げランキング [Roxette album sales ranking] (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 

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