Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes

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Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 12, 1999[1]
GenreAlternative country
LabelTrue North, Latent (Canada)
Valley (United States)
ProducerMichael Timmins
Cowboy Junkies chronology
Miles from Our Home
Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes
Waltz Across America
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]

Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes is an album by the Canadian alt-country band Cowboy Junkies, released in 1999. It was the band's first independent release after the end of their contract with Geffen Records. The album is a compendium of tracks that the band had recorded but not previously released on an album. Two tracks have been released earlier as B-sides on Cowboy Junkies' singles, "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" on "Southern Rain" and "Leaving Normal" on "Anniversary Song". It was released on both True North Records and Latent Recordings in Canada, and on Valley Records in the United States.[3]

Album background[edit]

Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes was developed after the tour for Miles from Our Home. Geffen Records had gone through a merger, and in the process had stomped and squished Miles from Our Home, which caused the Cowboy Junkies to stand back and start making changes to take control of their music. They revived their early label, Latent Recordings, and set up a web-site for the label to share their music and thoughts with their fans. One of the first things they did was gather up several of their "orphaned" songs to release them to the world. The compilation album of rare and never before heard tracks, Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes, became the first release on Latent Recordings since The Trinity Session.[3]

The hidden track on the album, My Father's House, is an a capella rendition of a Bruce Springsteen song that the band occasionally performed live. The version on the album was recorded during the Sharon Temples recordings sessions. As Michael Timmins states, "Margo was singing to help Peter Moore find his mic placement. The rest of us had obviously been sitting around too long and were getting bored so we spontaneously joined in. Just one of those weird, beautiful moments...and the tape was running."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Michael Timmins, except where noted.

1."I Saw Your Shoes" 3:15
2."Five Room Love Story" 5:19
3."Sad to See the Season Go" 5:15
4."If You Gotta Go, Go Now"Bob Dylan3:07
5."Love's Still There"Michael Timmins, Margo Timmins3:32
6."To Lay Me Down"Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter5:16
7."A Few Simple Words"Michael Timmins, Margo Timmins3:39
8."River Waltz" 4:04
9."Leaving Normal" 3:59
10."The Water is Wide"Traditional5:15
11."My Father's House" (Hidden track)Bruce Springsteen4:23
Total length:60:19


Cowboy Junkies

  • Margo Timmins – vocals
  • Michael Timmins – guitar
  • Alan Anton – bass
  • Peter Timmins – drums

Additional musicians[5]

  • Ken Myhr – guitar (track 4, 5 & 10)
  • Richard Bell – piano (track 5)
  • Jeff Bird – harmonica, mandolin (tracks 1, 2, 4 - 6 & 10)
  • Jaro Czerwinec – accordion (tracks 2, 5, 6 & 8)
  • Kim Deschamps – dobro, pedal steel guitar (track 6)
  • Spencer Evans – piano (track 2 & 4)
  • Dave Houghton– percussion (tracks 1 & 9)


  • Michael Timmins – producer; engineer (track 3)
  • Bob Cobban – engineer (tracks 4, 5 & 10)
  • Bob Doidge, John Oliviera – engineer (tracks 2 & 6)
  • Dale Morningstar – engineer (tracks 7 & 8)
  • Tom Heron – engineer (tracks 1 & 9)
  • Michael Halbwachs – digital imaging
  • Dave Houghton – art direction
  • Peter Moore – mastering at the E Room


  1. ^ a b c Briggs, Deanne. "Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes - Cowboy Junkies". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 368. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Michael Timmins. "Rarities Album History | Page 1". Latent Recordings. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  4. ^ Michael Timmins. "Rarities Album History | Page 5". Latent Recordings. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Cowboy Junkies - Rarities, B-Sides And Slow, Sad Waltzes". Discogs. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Michael Timmins. "Rarities Album History | Page 6". Latent Recordings. Retrieved May 4, 2017.

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