Rubber Soul

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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 ...
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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 Beatles 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."
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 5099910411513
  • Catalog Number: 3075

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drive My Car (2:28)
  2. 2 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2:04)
  3. 3 You Won't See Me (3:19)
  4. 4 Nowhere Man (2:43)
  5. 5 Think for Yourself (2:18)
  6. 6 The Word (2:43)
  7. 7 Michelle (2:42)
  8. 8 What Goes On (2:48)
  9. 9 Girl (2:31)
  10. 10 I'm Looking Through You (2:26)
  11. 11 In My Life (2:26)
  12. 12 Wait (2:14)
  13. 13 If I Needed Someone (2:22)
  14. 14 Run for Your Life (2:23)
  15. 15 Rubber Soul Mini-Documentary
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beatles Primary Artist
George Harrison Guitar, Sitar, Tambourine, Vocals
John Lennon Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Paul McCartney Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Fuzz Bass
Ringo Starr Drums, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Vocals
George Martin Piano, Harmonium, Tambourine
Mal Evans Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
George Martin Producer
Alan Rouse Liner Notes
Norman Smith Engineer
Kevin Howlett Liner Notes
Steve Rooke Remastering
Guy Massey Remastering
Drew Lorimer Redesign
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    From pop group to artists

    Rubber Soul proved that The Beatles were artists, not just a pop group.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Rubber Soul (Vinyl LP)

    When The Beatles first released LPs in the 1960s, each record surpassed the previous one. "Rubber Soul" is no exception. It represents an evolution in their recording career. It shows more polish than their previous records and the songwriting tops any of their previous efforts. As the recording technology of the 1960s progressed, so did The Beatles experimentation in the studio. "Rubber Soul" is one of my favorite Beatles' LPs (although I can't really choose a favorite) because it set more precedents and pushed the envelope just a little more. They were no longer apprehensive about "thinking outside of the box."

    I bought the LP version (I already bought all of the CD versions in the late 1980s). The bass end is smoothe and the high end is crisp. I enjoy the analog sound of the LPs more than the digital sound of the CDs. The mastering process for LPs, even if they are taken from digital sources, gives the record a more "true" (high fidelity) tonal quality.

    Of course, I have a great system in which I run my turntable through analog inputs. I also have some vintage JBL Studio Control Room Monitors. Considering the quality of my system coupled with the quality of the vinyl pressing, I have the means to hear "Rubber Soul" and other LPs the way they were meant to be heard. A side by side comparison between the CDs and the LPs makes it obvious that the LP quality far surpasses the current digitally remastered CDs.

    On 09/09/09 EMI intends to release new digital remasters of The Beatles' catalog on CD. The CDs of The Beatles UK and USA versions were done in 1987. Digital music has come a long way since the '80s. They will be in special packaging that will also contain the original liner notes. EMI has been working for years to get this catalog remastered. These new EMI versions will be released worldwide. I hope they are everything that they are promised to be. Audiophiles have been complaining about the 1987 versions since they were first released. Finally EMI is listening.

    I highly recommend purchasing the LP version of "Rubber Soul." Also, if you MUST buy it on CD, buy the EMI/Toshiba/Japan versions which are also available from Barnes and Noble. But definitely look into the new versions when they are released on 09/09/09.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Radically Different From First U.S. Release

    The Barnes and Noble review here says I'VE JUST SEEN A FACE is on this CD. It is not. The reviewer is clearly thinking of the version of RUBBER SOUL released in 1965 in America, which was the only version you could get in America until the late eighties when the Beatles CD's started to be released. These conformed to the song line-up on the original British releases. So, as the reviewer quotes Brian Wilson saying RUBBER SOUL was the first Beatles record without filler, the reader should bear in mind that Brian Wilson was probably talking about the American release. RUBBER SOUL worked as a concept album almost accidently because the American record executives cut four songs and added two others, making it a softer album. The UK version, which was the one the group planned, is a bit more bluesy, since it included DRIVE MY CAR. It was more hippiefied, what with IF I NEEDED SOMEONE. So, the British version is very different from the old American one, which can now only be found on the Capital Records boxed set of the American releases. It's a fine album in its UK form, which, as I have said, is the form the Beatles planned. But the one which knocked Americans' socks off was the very folky one the reviewer is talking about and not the one which is currently the official release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    this is the piont in the beatles music where they started making the turn for the best.(circa 1965-1966) thier music started getting more personal and absrtact. this album has every beatle contributing in at least one song. it has vintage paul mccartney, john lennon, two of the very good harrison songs out of the few he wrote w/ the beatles, and even a song that features ringo singing. i know you will enjoy this album. it is one of the best the beatles made in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    With the release of the Beatles RUBBER SOUL LP, the band has quite simply shattered all expectations of their past musicality by stretching far beyond their mop top origins. Those by now four famous faces grace the cover of the LP with serious expressions. Only Lennon is caught staring directly at the camera. His sly look seems to convey the pleasure he and the boys must have had recording this record. And what a record they’ve made! If anyone was in doubt of the Beatles longevity, RUBBER SOUL quickly dispels those reservations with the very first track. The distorted lead guitar, "courtesy of George Harrison" explodes from your HI FI and grabs hold of your senses never to let go. “Drive My Car” literally drives the album forward, deftly traveling from one musical style to another. Each song is a wonder to behold. There’s not a bad one in the bunch! From Lennon /McCartney’s “Norwegian Wood”, "which for the first time delves into the sounds of Indian music" to the toe tapping George Harrison composition, “Think For Yourself”, no musical stone is left unturned. John Lennon sings the Lennon / McCartney track “In My Life” with so much aching sentimentality that it is difficult to believe a young 25 year old could have this much to feel. "Some are dead and some are living/In my life I've loved them all," John sings, referring to his close friend the late Stuart Suttcliffe. With a lesser vocalist the entire song could’ve very well succumbed to its maudlin sentimentality. Lennon however pulls it off ! The album is also brimming with great folk/rock, the kind that previously only Dylan owned. Ringo even has a go at the festivities with a bright composition in the country and western idiom. He belts it out in grand fashion and even earns a song writing credit next to his band mates John and Paul. There's a lot too recommend here folks! In an age when you’re lucky to find one good tune on any given album, RUBBER SOUL delivers a whopping 14 gems. We’ll all undoubtedly be whistling the songs on this superb LP for many years to come!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beatles' First Masterpiece!

    This record is without a doubt the Fab Four's first masterpiece. What is so amazing about this album is that it comes on the heels of Help! and three years after their debut album, Please, Please Me. What other rock band could have come this far so fast? Rubber Soul is a confirmation of their talent. This is the album that set the stage for everything that was to follow, both in the Beatles' career and in pop music. Without Rubber Soul there would have been no Pet Sounds, no Revolver, no Sgt. Pepper, no Doors, no rebirth of 60s pop period. Their trademark power pop sound is still evident on this record, but in a more sophisticated, more mature style. "Norwegian Wood," Lennon's sardonic tale of a one night stand with a British reporter, marks the first use of a sitar in pop music and provides the clearest adumbration of where the band's sound was headed. "Nowhere Man" "The Word" and "In My Life" evidence a full blossoming of the existential philosophy that had been hinted at in their previous work. "Drive My Car" and "Run for Your Life" show that their sense of humor is still intact. George Harrison particularly shows development as a songwriter on this record. "Think for Yourself" shows his more sardonic side while "If I Needed Someone" is a love song that stands on a par with Lennon & McCartney's best work. It is hard to say whether I like the British or American version of this record better. The British version gets the edge because it does represent the band's original vision for the album, but I do miss "I've Just Seen a Face" and "Its Only Love" which were included on the American version. This was an album which began to redefine the whole concept of the album itself from a collection of hit singles to a legitimate work of art. Rubber Soul is a rock n roll classic that absolutely belongs in your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What an album!

    Arguably my favorite Beatles album, the songs in Rubber represented the Fab Four's departure from singing songs about holding hands, etc. to more deep and thoughtful material. Most of the songs are love songs, but much more deep than earlier hits such as She Loves You, or A Hard Days Night. The songs, many of them influenced by folk-rrock artists such as Dylan and the Byrds range in moods from regretful (Girl) to cynical (Nowhere Man, the first non-romantic Beatles song, unless you count The Word, a sort of prelude to All You Need is Love) to witty and comic (Drive My Car) to touchingly gorgeous (In My Life) to downright nasty (the disgustingly shocking Run for Your Life). C'mon, just look at the songs! Ultimately, what I love so much about Rubber Soul is that the Beatles were able to produce such a great set of songs without going as crazy on the sound effects, backwards tapes, etc. that polluted their later work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    When the Beatles started getting good...

    This is the breakthrough album for the Beatles - the first LP that can rightly be called a classic. It is filled with great songs - Michelle, Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, Girl... there isn't a single weak track on the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In My Life- The Ultimate Beatles Song

    It seems like so many things "in my life" pardon the pun, revolve around Beatles music. I had a cassette of this album, one of the first I ever bought and when I switched over to cd's this is the first one I bought. I just heard they are doing a 40th anniversary tribute for this album. It's amazing to realize that this album will be 40 years old! If you fancy a spoken word tribute to In My Life, please pick up George Martin's collection of artists and celebrities for Sean Connery's tender rendition of this classic. It gave me a new perspective on the song and brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bought the original album in the 60's

    Great Album @ the time and always will be!!! Unmistakenly Beatles forever track classics!! Now looking to buy the CD to add to my collection and remember the days past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rubber Soul

    Favorite tracks: "Norwegian Wood" "Nowhere Man" "Girl" Least favorite: "Run For Your Life"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good music lover

    This is one the beatles most outragious records just listin to song #9 or girl. you will understand if you really are a beatles fan well all there music is good. so either way its all good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YEAH

    This album rules! The Beatles once again have defined the word MUSIC by making another great cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beatles: Rubber Soul

    This album's followup was better than this, but this is still a superp album with great tracks: Drive My Car, Norweigan Wood (I hope I spelled that right), I'm Looking Through You, and so on and so on and so on. This ranks up there with all the great records of all time. Outstanding, a five star classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    By far, one the best, if not the best, Beatle albums

    Seamless, slick, and sophisticated, Rubber Soul offers a near flawlessly produced album made memorable by a judicous blend of encompasing choices. The selections are never weak and the lads hit it just perfectly on nearly every note....the purist listening pleasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In my life Rubber Soul drives my car!!

    Ooh... yet another great album that the Lennon-McCartney duo turned out (of course incomplete with the help of George Harrison!)This album is on my list of favorites. One of my fav Beatles songs is "In My Life"... it always brings a tear to my eye. "Nowhere Man" is a great composition as well as "Drive My Car" and "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". I love the uniqueness of this album. It possess some of the "classic" Beatle characteristics, but you can notice their beginning to stray away from the classic rock and roll sound. This album appears to be the turning point, not only in the career for the Beatles, but for the future of rock and roll, because of some of the bold experimentation with the orchestration and arrangement of the songs. I definately recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    words cannot describe: listen and enjoy

    timeless classic music. i was 17 yrs old in 1965 and we had the byrds and the beatles: rubber soul: the precursor of the sophisticated music which was to come: revolver, sgt peppers, white album, etc. beatles able to read the times and fellow great artists and expand and magnify their efforts through their (the beatles) own magnifying glass. this was a breakthrough album, not just for the beatles, but for all future rock and pop music. nothing being done today even comes close (although santana's supernatural was very very good)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Bye ''Yeah Yeah Yeah''

    First Beatles´s album with creative lyrics and diferents strings. It was an natural evolution what Help! EP starts. But.. still far behind of complexity that Pet Sounds become.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best version then the American version

    If you heard the American Version of Rubber soul on a Lp. Is the same but differnt songs. I bought this album and i heard the track on Number 8 (What goes on) that song never was in the rubber soul on the American Version. i think the Uk version was like 5 stars then The American Version Buy it. i put the american version 4 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect

    This album is filled with terrific songs and great harmonies. From the sweet ballads like Michelle to the rock numbers like I'm Looking Through You, every song is perfect. All Beatles albums are great. This is one of the best.

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