The Rolling Stones Release 'Rarities 1971–2003'
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 #76 on the Billboard chart (Billboard Dec 10, 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 "Let It Rock" from 1971.
In the liner notes, lead singer Mick Jagger acknowledges the band's discretion at re-releasing what they consider to be lesser songs, hence, a partial explanation for some of the songs in absence on Rarities 1971–2003. 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.
The stunner is a live version of "Tumbling Dice," inexplicably left off Stripped. The first two verses (recorded at a rehearsal, then spliced together with a full-on live performance) are backed only by Chuck Leavell's rollicking piano and some righteous hand claps.