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Rubber Soul [Remastered]
     

Rubber Soul [Remastered]

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by The Beatles
 
Paul McCartney crooning in French, George Harrison playing a sitar, Ringo Starr crafting innovative drum parts, and John Lennon singing movingly about his childhood -- no rock album had ever sounded like Rubber Soul (1965). For that matter, the Beatles themselves were hardly recognizable as the energetic bar band that had recorded its debut effort barely three

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Paul McCartney crooning in French, George Harrison playing a sitar, Ringo Starr crafting innovative drum parts, and John Lennon singing movingly about his childhood -- no rock album had ever sounded like Rubber Soul (1965). For that matter, the Beatles themselves were hardly recognizable as the energetic bar band that had recorded its debut effort barely three years earlier. Beach Boy Brian Wilson called Rubber Soul the first rock album without filler, and it certainly was the Beatles' first album with a consistent, organic sound and feel, despite its enormous stylistic range. There were nods to Dylan, the Byrds, and folk rock ("If I Needed Someone," "Nowhere Man"); early Elvis ("Run for Your Life"); and bluegrass ("I've Just Seen a Face"). But the glue, helped along by George Martin's intimate production gloss, was the uniformly first-rate songwriting by Lennon and McCartney, which still seems fresh as new paint today.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While the Beatles still largely stuck to love songs on Rubber Soul, the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds. The group and George Martin were also beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group, using a sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," Greek-like guitar lines on "Michelle" and "Girl," fuzz bass on "Think for Yourself," and a piano made to sound like a harpsichord on the instrumental break of "In My Life." While John and Paul were beginning to carve separate songwriting identities at this point, the album is full of great tunes, from "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Michelle" to "Girl," "I'm Looking Through You," "You Won't See Me," "Drive My Car," and "Nowhere Man" (the last of which was the first Beatle song to move beyond romantic themes entirely). George Harrison was also developing into a fine songwriter with his two contributions, "Think for Yourself" and the Byrds-ish "If I Needed Someone."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2009
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094638241829
catalogNumber:
82418
Rank:
1737

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Tracks

  1. Drive My Car
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You Won't See Me
  4. Nowhere Man
  5. Think For Yourself
  6. The Word / Michelle
  7. What Goes On / Girl
  8. I'm Looking Through You
  9. In My Life / Wait
  10. If I Needed Someone
  11. Run For Your Life
  12. Rubber Soul Documentary

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Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist

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Rubber Soul [Remastered] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Steve_G More than 1 year ago
QUIT 30 needs a new stereo system. On my bedroom system (McIntosh tube amps and Marantz 7 tube preamp, B&W speakers), and office system (re-built Dynaco Stereo 70 with polypropylene and Jensen caps, McIntosh MX110, Celestion SL6SI) this newly remastered CD sounds wonderful. Warm, spacious sound. I was surprised to see in the liner notes that it is from the 1987 digital re-mix by George Martin. George had been unhappy with the original stereo mix from the 60's and re-mixed the stereo transfer. This 2009 release is a remaster of that mix and contrary to QUIT30's experience, it is the best transfer of Rubber Soul yet. BUY IT! I'm an analog guy but I'll bet I reach for this CD over the original LP when I listen in the future. I think it's that good.
guit30 More than 1 year ago
Not much to say, this sounds dry and brittle at spots, vocals are good, fake stereo field is dull, instruments on left track, vocals on right track. There is nothing warm about this disc, it is not a new digital transfer of the music like the other remasters , it is a tweaking of George Martin's 1987 stereo master. In the booklet it says, that most records were mono ,but a few were made stereo for some audiobuffs. Probably, George Martins original sounded better than this. It was recorded on a 4 track machine and on one song , they had to bounce a track or two on to other tracks to make it fit. The rhytmn guitar is lost in the mix most of the time. The sitaar sounds brittle and digital. No space is found on the tracks or effects, until the last three tracks, which were not on the American "Rubber Soul" sound incredibly better with some nice tone on the instruments and a nice cohesive sound overall. The B&N clerk was nice to me the next day and exchanged the CD for me as it had not met it's own standard, a new digital transfer, it used an old one.
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PoeAP More than 1 year ago
know what's the fact that I've just seen a face is on help not Rubber Soul yet they mention it being o here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The packaging is nicer than the original 1987 CD release. In an A-B comparison it sounds like the main thing that was done was they boosted the level on the 2009 remaster. If you don't bother to compensate by adjusting the volume on your stereo, when doing a comparison, you will think the 2009 remaster sounds more present and fuller. Only buy if you think having better packaging is worth the cost.
wayky408 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Beatles albums of all time. The remaster certainly does justice to the music. Now you can hear the original intent and all of the nuances. The soundstage is particularly large and lifelike, while the vocals and the harmonies of the voices are captivating. If you have ever hesitated in buy any of the remasters, don't. They are worth every cent and are probably the best you will ever hear.
ChattyCathy More than 1 year ago
I have the album (if you even know what an album is!) but have been wanting the CD for a while. This is the British version and the difference is only one song has been left off and a different one is there. Of course the British version was the original version and I don't remember why they are different. But, this was a totally new sound for the Beatles when it came out. A smoother and even more harmonious sound. If you like any of the Beatles' music but have not heard this CD, you will enjoy it. Buy it and you will be singing these tunes in your head in no time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Simels makes reference to "I've Just Seen A Face". This track is to be found on the Help! CD, as these remasters are of the original catalogue released in the UK. There continues to be a prevailing confusion created by the alternate song cycles of Rubber Soul, whose release on Capitol Records in the US included "I've Just Seen a Face". This track by Paul so impressed the executives at Capitol that they "promoted" it from B-side "obscurity" to lead off the American version of this album, creating a subtly different (but also great) listening experience. Notably, it is the Capitol song cycle that inspired Brian Wilson to create The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, itself a rock-era landmark. The Capitol Records version of Rubber Soul is currently available in the boxed set: The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2. For a review of this set, see www.beatleswiki.com under "The Remasters".
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amok More than 1 year ago
I almost wonder if paul and ringo showed up in the studio to cut overdubs for the remasters.On Rubber Soul,you DO HEAR MORE BASS AND PERCUSSION THAN EVER BEFORE.Extra-clear production:old hardcore fans may find it hard to sit still on first listen. New fans may find it hard to believe that it was recorded in 1966. this is not MY favorite Beatles album{I rate it about 5th],but for its day it was unsurpassed .
wbillings3 More than 1 year ago
Another Beatles album digitally re-mastered, and another chance for those who of us who heard it first in hi-fidelity on vinyl to enjoy it again. This music is timeless, and though some 40 years old hasn't lost any of its appeal. Want to hear the beginning of the sound that influences today's music? Listen to the Beatles.