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Rare Masters

Rare Masters
Compilation album by Elton John
Released October 20, 1992 (U.S.)
December 31, 1993 (UK)
Recorded December 1967–July 1975
Genre Rock
Length 105:04
Label Polydor
Producer Gus Dudgeon, Caleb Quaye, Steve Brown
Elton John chronology
Greatest Hits 1976–1986
(1992)
Rare Masters (1992) Duets
(1993)

Rare Masters is an album by Elton John that was released in 1992. This compilation album features all A-side and B-sides released by John between 1968 and 1975 that were not included on original studio albums or Greatest Hits volume II.

The album also includes five outtakes, recorded between the same time period, that had previously been unreleased. It is also the only place where the soundtrack to the 1971 movie Friends has been made available on CD.

When the Elton John back catalogue from 1969–1975 was remastered and released in 1995, many of these songs were released on those albums as well, also in remastered form.

Track listing

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

Disc one

  1. "I've Been Loving You" (credited as John, Taupin but written solely by John) – 3:16
  2. "Here's to the Next Time" (John) – 2:58
  3. "Lady Samantha" (Empty Sky bonus track) – 3:02
  4. "All Across the Havens" (Empty Sky bonus track) – 2:51
  5. "It's Me That You Need" (Empty Sky bonus track) – 4:00
  6. "Just Like Strange Rain" (Empty Sky bonus track) – 3:44
  7. "Bad Side of the Moon" (Elton John bonus track) – 3:12
  8. "Rock n' Roll Madonna" (Elton John bonus track)– 4:16
  9. "Grey Seal" [original version] (Elton John bonus track, later version on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) – 3:35
  10. "Friends" – 2:23
  11. "Michelle's Song" – 4:20
  12. "Seasons" – 3:56
  13. "Variation on Michelle's Song (A Day in the Country)" (John, Taupin, Paul Buckmaster) – 2:47
  14. "Can I Put You On" – 5:57
  15. "Honey Roll" – 3:07
  16. "Variation on Friends" (John, Taupin, Buckmaster) – 1:43
  17. "I Meant to Do My Work Today (A Day in the Country)" (John, Taupin, Buckmaster) – 1:36
  18. "Four Moods" (Buckmaster) – 11:01
  19. "Seasons Reprise" – 1:39

Disc two

  1. "Madman Across the Water" [original version] (Tumbleweed Connection bonus track) – 8:50
  2. "Into the Old Man's Shoes" (Tumbleweed Connection bonus track) – 4:01
  3. "Rock Me When He's Gone" – 5:01
  4. "Slave" [alternate version] (Honky Chateau bonus track) – 2:48
  5. "Skyline Pigeon" [piano version] (B-side of "Daniel", Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player bonus track, original version on Empty Sky) – 3:51
  6. "Jack Rabbit" (Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player bonus track) – 1:51
  7. "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)" (Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player bonus track) – 2:51
  8. "Let Me Be Your Car" [demo version] – 4:52
  9. "Screw You (Young Man's Blues)" (Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player bonus track) – 4:41
  10. "Step into Christmas" (Caribou bonus track) – 4:30
  11. "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)" – 4:03
  12. "Sick City" (Caribou bonus track) – 5:23
  13. "Cold Highway" (Caribou bonus track) – 3:26
  14. "One Day (At a Time)" (John Lennon) (Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy bonus track) – 3:47
  15. "I Saw Her Standing There" [live duet with John Lennon] (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) (Here and There bonus track) – 3:51
  16. "House of Cards" (Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy bonus track) – 3:09
  17. "Planes" (Rock of the Westies bonus track) – 4:14
  18. "Sugar on the Floor" (Kiki Dee) (Rock of the Westies bonus track) – 4:33
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