Rarities 1971–2003 is a compilation album by The Rolling Stones that was released in 2005 worldwide by Virgin Records – as well as by the coffee-chain Starbucks in North America – and features a selection of rare and obscure material recorded between 1971 and 2003. The album peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard chart (Billboard 10 Dec 2005, p. 52).

Several B-sides were included, such as "Fancy Man Blues", "Anyway You Look at It", "Wish I'd Never Met You", "Through the Lonely Nights", and the band's live rendition of Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock" from 1971.

Track 3, "Wild Horses" (live) from the successful album Stripped, is not a rarity.

In the liner notes, Ronnie Wood acknowledges...

There are songs we've done for albums in the past that I've thought, oh, it's a shame that song didn't make the album. Then you get carried away with promoting it and you forget about it.


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Cover art[edit]Edit

Although the cover image is from 1978 (from the music video for "Respectable") it only shows the current four members of the band and does not feature bassist Bill Wyman, who was removed from the picture; the original color image can be seen in the booklet from Forty Licks, showing him standing in the back behind Jagger and Richards.

Release and reception[edit]Edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Rolling Stone [2]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes "Rarities 1971–2003 isn't exactly the clearing-house of outtakes, rarities, and B-sides that fans have been waiting for. Not only are there plenty of heavily bootlegged outtakes such as "Blood Red Wine," "Claudine," and "Brown Sugar" with Eric Clapton on guitar missing, but there are plenty of B-sides from these three decades missing."

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

  1. "Fancy Man Blues" – 4:48
  2. "Tumbling Dice" (Live) – 4:02
    • Hybrid rehearsal/live version, originally intended to be included on Stripped; live portion recorded at L'Olympia, Paris, 3 July 1995
  3. "Wild Horses" (Live Stripped Version) – 5:10
    • Originally appeared on Stripped, recorded in rehearsals at EMI-Toshiba Studio, Tokyo, March 1995
  4. "Beast of Burden" (Live) – 5:04
    • Live version that originally appeared as the B-side to "Going to a Go-Go" in 1982; recorded live at the Rosemont Horizon, Illinois, 25 November 1981
  5. "Anyway You Look at It" – 4:20
  6. "If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards/Ronnie Wood) – 5:50
  7. "Miss You" (Dance Version) – 7:32
    • "Special Disco Version" from 1978 originally ran 8:36; this version has been edited.
  8. "Wish I'd Never Met You" – 4:39
    • B-side to "Terrifying" in 1990
  9. "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" (Live) (Willie Dixon) – 3:55
    • Originally appeared as "I Just Want to Make Love to You" as one of the tracks of the B-side of the Maxi-Single "Highwire" in 1991, recorded live at the Wembley Stadium on 6 July 1990
  10. "Mixed Emotions" (12" Version) – 6:12
    • Maxi-Single. Originally appeared as "Mixed Emotions" (Chris Kimsey's 12") in 1989
  11. "Through the Lonely Nights" – 4:12
  12. "Live with Me" (Live) – 3:47
    • B-side of "Wild Horses" single from 1996, recorded live at Brixton Academy, London, 19 July 1995
  13. "Let It Rock" (Live) (Chuck Berry) – 2:46
    • Originally released as an additional track on the B-side of "Brown Sugar" from 1971 in the UK only, recorded live at the University of Leeds, 13 March 1971. Also released on the Spanish 1971 version of Sticky Fingers.
  14. "Harlem Shuffle" (NY Mix) (Bob Relf, Earl Nelson) – 5:48
    • Extended Remix. This version has been edited; the original 12" release ran 6:35
  15. "Mannish Boy" (Live) (McKinley Morganfield/Ellas McDaniel/Mel London) – 4:28
  16. "Thru and Thru" (Live) – 6:39
    • Recorded live January 2003 at a Madison Square Garden performance featured on the DVD set Four Flicks


The Rolling Stones
  • Mick Jagger – vocals, guitars
  • Keith Richards – guitars and vocals
  • Charlie Watts – drums
  • Ronnie Wood – guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals; except on "Through the Lonely Nights" and "Let It Rock"
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar; except on "Tumbling Dice (Live)", "Wild Horses (Live Stripped Version)", "Live with Me (Live)", "Anyway You Look At It", and "Thru and Thru (Live)"
  • Mick Taylor – guitars on "Through the Lonely Nights" and "Let It Rock"
Additional musicians
  • Billy Preston – electric piano and vocals on "Mannish Boy"
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano on "Through the Lonely Nights"
  • Darryl Jones – bass guitar on "Tumbling Dice (Live)", "Wild Horses (Live Stripped Version)", "Live with Me (Live)", "Anyway You Look at It", and "Thru and Thru (Live)"
  • Matt Clifford - keyboards on "Wish I'd Never Met You", "Mixed Emotions"
  • Chuck Leavell - keyboards, vocals on "Fancy Man Blues", "Tumbling Dice (Live)", "Wild Horses (Live Stripped Version)", "Anyway You Look At It", "Wish I'd Never Met You", "Mixed Emotions", "Live with Me (Live)", "Harlem Shuffle", "Thru and Thru"

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Year Chart Position
2005 The Billboard 200[3] 76

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