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'Rarities' consists of 18 tracks assembled by Amy and Emily and includes demos, rare versions and duets. 'Rarities' will be available in a Limited Edition digipak containing track commentary from Amy and Emily. Epic. 2005.

Have the Indigo Girls hit the doldrums? Their concerts of late often prove to not only be lackluster, but dated, as singer/songwriter/guitarists Amy Ray and Emily Saliers veer dangerously close to seeming more like relics than icons. Part of that stems from their reliance on familiar material, as if their writing has slowed to a trickle. Now comes more suggestion of that in Rarities, an album made up of leftovers, odds and ends, demos, other previously unreleased material, and contributions to side albums. The good news is that there is much here to enjoy, all of it wrapped in the Girls' trademark corduroy-and-silk harmonies. Their demo version of "Ghost" is fraught with fevered longing, a remix of "Shed Your Skin" delights with its swirling, hypnotic soundscape, and the cameos by Michael Stipe ("I'll Give You My Skin") and Ani DiFranco ("Ramblin' Round") resonate with artistry and star power. But the 18-song album bloats with less-than-sparkling cuts (for example, a cacophonous rendering of Vic Chesnutt's "Free of Hope," two early and undistinguished songs from both Emily and Amy, and a techno-meets-country remix of "Free in You"). In the end, this is more a collector's disc than a window on the duo's "rarest" moments. --Alanna Nash

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listen  1. Clampdown (Album Version)Indigo Girls 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Don't Wanna Talk About It (Album Version)Indigo Girls 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Live Version)Indigo Girls 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Let Me Go Easy (Live Version)Indigo Girls 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Winthrop (Album Version)Indigo Girls 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Free Of Hope (Album Version)Indigo Girls 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Shed Your Skin (Tom Morello Remix)Indigo Girls 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Never Stop (1986 E.P. Version)Indigo Girls 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ghost (Demo Version)Indigo Girls 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Uncle John's BandIndigo Girls 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I'll Give You My Skin (featuring Michael Stipe) (Album Version)Indigo Girls with;Michael Stipe 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Free In You (Dave Cooley Remix)Indigo Girls 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Point Hope (Album Version)Indigo Girls 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ramblin' Round (Live Version)Indigo Girls with;Ani Difranco 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Cold As Ice (Live Version)Indigo Girls 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Walk Your Valley (Album Version)Indigo Girls 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. It Won't Take Long (Album Version)Indigo Girls 7:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Finlandia (Live Version)Indigo Girls 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009MAOWS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MAIOSH on June 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was so happy to receive my copy of this album! For Indigo Girl Fans, it's a wonderful treat. I am so happy to see "I don't wanna talk about it" from the Philadelphia Soundtrack. It has to be one of my favorites. I am also loving "Clampdown", "Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters" (never heard this one before). I also love "Point Hope", "Let me go easy".

I enjoy the demo of "Ghost" but my favorite is still from the 1200 Curfews live album. They are a "live" band and their songs have an energy when they sing live that you just don't hear with studio recordings. If you are new to Indigo Girls, 1200 Curfews is the album to start with. I am not in love with "Free in you Remix" or "Free of Hope". The remix of "Free in You" reminds me of when U2 did their POP album-yuck. I don't enjoy the techno sound except maybe in 80's music. "Free of Hope" is just...not enjoyable. But the other 16 tracks on this album are wonderful and so fun to listen too.

I do not agree that they are "lackluster, but dated, as singer/songwriter/guitarists". I think their latest new album "All that we let in" is a strong argument disagreeing with that statement. I have LOVED their last two albums "Become You" and "All that we let in". I think the older they get, the better their music gets.I really enjoy hearing them using more banjo, mandolin, accordian, ect. The folk music sound is just delightful with their harmonies.

Their concerts are awesome and there is nothing better than seeing them live. They are wonderful. And they play for their fans and they put this album out just for us. It's hardly an attempt to become "relics". It's a fun album to have for those of us who love those odds and ends songs that we don't hear often. Enjoy!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dash007 on June 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While I think the Editor's Notes are harsh, and likely not the words of a fan, if you're just learning about Indigo Girls and want to get a taste of their music, this is not the place to start. For die hard fans, you're going to love it. It's an opportunity to experience another side of Indigo Girls from cover tunes to alternate mixes and previously unreleased songs.

And as an aside to the editor, this duo has not "hit the doldrums." Refining technique and crafting beautiful compositions, they keep getting better and better! They are a classic team in the worlds of alternative and folk music and are in no way in danger of becoming relics.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bruce I. Kinley on November 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I consider myself a die-hard (seasoned) fan, and I was greatly disappointed in this collection. More than two-thirds of the songs are previously released, so I was glad I could only purchase the 6 songs I needed. Most of the 6 actual "new" tracks are available in a poorer quality elsewhere. I am not criticizing the Indigo Girls for this redundant release, they asked their fans to vote on the songs we most wanted on this collection. This collection will seem weak and unrepresentative to the novice listener; as the duo has said many times "Rarities" demonstrates their growth as songwriters and performers.

The overall message is: this collection is for the middle, those of you that fall somewhere between a novice and die-hard fan. If your rarities collection already includes most of the songs on "Rarities," then buy the few songs you need individually. If you only own 1 or 2 Indigo Girl CDs (or tapes), then skip this one for now and go with something else like "Retrospective," "All That We Let In," or "Come On Now Social." You will be much happier in the long run, as those CDs are more representative of the duo's songwritting and abilities. However, if you own most of their CDs and you are interested in understanding their development and influences (that you don't already know), then I highly recommend this collection.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jenny A. Sykora on October 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
My favorite new song in this new Indigo Girls collection is "Let Me Go Easy," a wonderfully engaging and meaningful song

that I keep going back to again and again. I have been an avid

listener to their music for ten years now, and I own all of their studio albums, as well as several other collections.

Even with this background, this song has risen to near the top

of my favorites list. Not to be missed!

I've heard a bootleg version of "Finlandia," but that version is

not nearly as beautifully realized as the rendition included in this collection. Another wonderful track!

"Uncle John's Band," which, although available perhaps from other sources, was not a part of my collection before getting this, is another really enjoyable song. I especially like

the pacing of the vocal on the line, "I live in a silver mine /

And call it Beggar's Tomb."

I haven't had the chance to thoroughly digest the CD yet, but

other tracks that stand out to me so far "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," "I Don't Wanna Talk About it" and "Clampdown" (chillingly relevant with Bush and his ilk having so much power).

There are at least three songs I would have loved to have seen included here, though: "Blood Quantum," "Letter to Eve" and

"Wisteria." Had they been included, my rating probably would have been five stars.

If you are a longtime Indigo listener, don't miss this one.

You will really want to "Let Me Go Easy" and the wonderfully

rendered "Finlandia" especially.
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