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Rubber Soul (1990)

The BeatlesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (899 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (899 customer reviews)
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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
7. Michelle
8. What Goes On
9. Girl
10. I'm Looking Through You
11. In My Life
12. Wait
13. If I Needed Someone
14. Run For Your Life

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 24-AUG-1988

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Rank 'em how you like, Rubber Soul is an undeniable pivot point in the Fab Four's varied discography no matter where, or how, you first heard it. The album was softened up in its original 12-song American edition to jibe with the Dylan/Byrds folk-rock sound, as well as squeeze money from the Parlophone catalog. The 14-song U.K. edition--the version now available on compact disc--is a different, more dynamic, and ultimately more accomplished achievement. So many classics: "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man" (both omitted from the U.S. edition) merge the early combustible Beatifics to a burgeoning studio consciousness; "The Word" can be read as a pre-psych warning shot; the sitar-laden "Norwegian Wood" and the evocative "Girl" (the latter written on the last night of the sessions) stand as turning points in John Lennon's oeuvre. George finally emerges too, with the McGuinn-ish "If I Needed Someone." --Don Harrison

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108 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Their Finest June 4, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
RUBBER SOUL is the Beatles first masterpiece, and the original UK version is far better than the American LP. This is how the Beatles themselves intended it, not some hack from Capitol Records.
DRIVE MY CAR is an excellent opening track. It was chopped off of the original American record and was replaced by It's Only Love.
NORWEGIAN WOOD is about one of John's real-life affairs, and it is my favorite song on the album. It is probably the first time the sitar was used in popular music.
YOU WON'T SEE ME, great pop from Paul, and has some fine drumming from Ringo.
NOWHERE MAN, one the best tracks on the entire album, and it was cut off the American record.
THINK FOR YOURSELF, good track from George, not his best but still very good. Nice fuzz bass.
THE WORD, very much in the same vein as ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, but this track is much better.
MICHELLE, classic Paul. Beautiful melody.
WHAT GOES ON, country song co-written and sung by Ringo. Neither bad nor great.
GIRL, more classic Lennon. He dominates this album.
I'M LOOKING THROUGH YOU, great Paul track, features Ringo on Hammond organ.
IN MY LIFE is possibly the Beatles' best song, and may be the greatest song ever written. Excellent keyboard solo.
WAIT, more classic stuff.
IF I NEEDED SOMEONE, George's best song up to this point. Great lyrics and a hypnotic guitar intro.
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE is Lennon at his most jealous. One of the weaker songs on this CD, but it features some great guitar work.
Rubber Soul is essential to everyone's music collection.
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112 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most influential album ever. March 14, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
The impact of this 1965 album is incredible. The earliest recorded of the five great Beatles albums (Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, White Album, and Abbey Road are the others), Rubber Soul was the album that invented "album rock." This was the first rock album recorded for its own sake, without any Top Forty hit singles to back it up (Nowhere Man did not appear on the U.S. version). The songs "Girl", "Michelle", and "Norwegian Wood" each got massive radio airplay despite never being released as singles. Before Rubber Soul, most albums were junk, consisting typically of one or two songs that were Top Forty hit singles with the rest being throwaway filler tracks. Thanks to Rubber Soul, rock artists for the first time got serious about recording albums as works of art rather than just another way to make money. My favorite songs here are "Girl" and "In My Live", but just about everything on this CD is superb. However, I don't like the way they tinkered with the song selection; I would have preferred the original vinyl release format. The psychedelic cover art was the best of its time and it too was trendsetting. Overall, a must have CD for anyone who wants an introduction to their work, and don't forget the other four!
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114 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Style + Substance= "Soul" May 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
By the time they recorded "Rubber Soul," The Beatles were an unstoppable sensation with classics like "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You," and "A Hard Day's Night" under their belt. "Rubber Soul," however, marked the band's first foray into the arty pop that would make up the bulk of their later efforts.
"Drive My Car" and the brilliant, lesser-heard "You Won't See Me" are certainly of the pure pop ilk, ditto for "What Goes On" and "I'm Looking Through You." And while these songs are all among rock's finest compositions, a more mature, forward-thinking spirit inhabits the likes of "Nowhere Man," "I'm Looking Through You," and "Wait." Three of the Beatles' finest ballads are featured as well (in fact, they're two of rock music's finest ballads), "Michelle," a country-tinged gem; the bluesy "Girl"; and the stately "In My Life," a masterpiece that gave the first true glance of the lyrical depth Lennon & McCartney were capable of.
A minor slip-up can certainly be forgiven in the face of such brilliance, which is fortunate for "Run for Your Life," a deceivingly-happy sounding pop number that offers a glimpse of the Fab Four's ability to occasionally shock ("I'd rather see you dead, little girl, than with another man"). Unlike some of their other dark lyrics this one doesn't register on the fun scale. Luckily the same can't be said for the rest of the album..."Rubber Soul" is one of the brightest moments in rock history, and with The Beatles' growing taste for experiment, one of the most important as well.
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161 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles' artistic growth begins to snowball. September 19, 2001
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RUBBER SOUL is an undeniably brilliant album, but before I get underway I want to address a statement I read in an earlier review, which I find difficult to believe that someone would actually make this statement. Matthew McDowell, in his review dated September 4, 2000, said this was the first significant album ever produced. That is simply an asinine statement. Even that year, Dylan gives The Beatles a run for their money (and arguably beats them, especially with HIGHWAY 61 Revisited), and both BIABH and HW61R were already released. There was a significant body of recordings and albums in other genres being produced for a long time, especially jazz, and his claim of RUBBER SOUL being first important album ever is both ridiculous and uninformed. That being said, I will resume the review proper.

RUBBER SOUL, The Beatles' sixth studio album in a mere three years, takes its place as the very first full length release that truly beings the evolution of away from the boy-girl "I Love you" pop that dominated the first half of their career.

The truly fascinating element of The Beatles are going through their recordings chronologically. You can watch that extremely rapid artistic growth explode. It is amazing that this is the same band who, a mere three years ago, recorded PLEASE PLEASE ME. Obviously, there are several influences that can be felt on this album, although The Beatles up the antes one with this release.

This album sounds like The Beatles playing (and beating) The Byrds at their own game. There are gorgeous three part harmonies, several compositions that would become standards almost on their release, and such a vast improvement artistically over the last five albums. The Beatles knew the time to move was now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Just like I remembered it
Great! Just like I remembered it!
Published 10 hours ago by margaux milchen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Warped, sent back
Published 10 hours ago by Patricia M Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars These Mono LPs, made from original Master Tapes, ...
These Mono LPs, made from original Master Tapes, using original engineering and production notes, are SPOT—ON!, full stop. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kilgore Trout
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good sound quality.
Published 1 day ago by Deb & Dwight
3.0 out of 5 stars like mint condition
No noise, no distortion , like mint condition.
Published 4 days ago by Fumihiro Ishikawa
5.0 out of 5 stars I've reviewed Rubber Soul because it is particularly fantastic but...
Absolutely phenomenal. My head was nodding and my toes were tapping all the way through. I'm a vinyl enthusiast but could never really get fully immersed in the stereo versions of... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Steve Blower
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Noise
Loved this LP for decades. The only way to listen to any group from the Sixties is in Mono. And this pressing doesn't disappoint.
Published 9 days ago by Robert J. Lucieer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubber Soul Gets You Bouncing Back for More
Rubber Soul has the Beatles breaking out and stretching their newly grown wings. The musical Dynamic Duo consisting of Lennon and McCartney has them both swiftly plugging... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars The new MONO version is really good! The vinyl came with some scratchs
The new MONO version is really good !
The vinyl came with some scratchs, after a good clean they are still audible but the sound is really good, the package is good and the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by A. sinai
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Great SQ and pressing
Published 13 days ago by Allen T. Rouse
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Rubber soul stereo 65 or 87 mix ?
I prefer the 1965 stereo mixes, but I also prefer the American release of Rubber Soul to the "proper" British version. It just sounds more cohesive to my ears and is my absolute favorite album of all time.
Aug 27, 2010 by Geets Romo |  See all 8 posts
Mono or Stereo?`
Only the Stereo Remasters are sold individually. If you want the Mono version, you're gonna have to buy the entire Mono Remasters Boxset.
Nov 23, 2010 by JOLUBOGA |  See all 4 posts
Right Album Cover
Yeah, but it's too bad that these releases look like they will have crappy cardboard cases for the CDs - crappy in the fact that no matter how careful you are when you put the CDs in the cardboard or pull them out to listen to them, the CD surfaces are going to get scratched. Down with cardboard... Read More
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