Rubber Soul (1990)
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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 24-AUG-1988
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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More cynical, less bubbly lyrics, a la Dylan. "You Won't See Me," "Think For Yourself," "I'm Looking Through You" "Nowhere Man" and "Run For Your Life" are just among the far cries from "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand." Even John gets introspective with "In My Life," a song that he wrote when he was just turning 25...no longer quite so young.
One standout track is "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)." Here, George Harrison plays a sitar, the first time ever that an Indian instrument was ever heard on pop or rock album. George started getting into Indian music while they were filming HELP! during the Indian restaurant scene. Later that year, he flew out to L.A. to meet Jim (later Roger) McGuinn and David Crosby from The Byrds. When he told them about this new form of music he discovered, they mentioned Ravi Shankar's music to him...something, and someone, that literally changed the rest of his life.
What's amazing about this album is the amount of time it took to record it to meet the Christmas '65 deadline...just over a month! When 1966 arrived, The Beatles did something they hadn't done since first recording for EMI in 1962...they took a break. For three months, they did no recording, no concerts, no TV or radio appearances. It gave them time enough to record their next masterpiece...REVOLVER!
The record manufacturer must be taking them out of the vinyl press too soon trying to pump out the albums ..... unfortunately leads to junk!
Will seek return/replacements however expectations are low that a replacement will be better.
that I will buy in my lifetime!
From vinyl (early 80's) to first generation CD (early 90's)
to 2nd generation (first digitized) CD (mid 90's) to 09/09/09...
I bought each of these new limited edition (stereo) remasters,
from "Rubber Soul" to "Let It Be", which is my favorite era of The Beatles'
stellar paradigm-changing mid to late 60's musical output!
As soon as I unwrapped them, I listened to each CD intently 1x, then smoked a
phat joint along with a strong daquiri, then listened down
to them all 3x more!! (-: Brilliantly remastered!
Flawless material to start with, but this go round I felt as if "the lads"
had actually set up camp in my music room and were giving me, just me, their best work in 3-D!!
Every breathe, syllable, finger cymbal, crash & high-hat, snare, toms, guitar lick,
bass riff, string arrangement and every other part is vivid, warm, pure and timeless!
There is no need for me to buy anymore Beatles material after this!
It can't be captured any better! (-:
I like the new fold out packaging, the booklets, rare vintage photos, the original-style
Parlophone logo on the discs, and I enjoyed the little mini-docs about each
album viewable via computer, Playstation 3 or XBOX too.
I was an 18 yr old kid in 1982 when I bought my first Beatles albums on vinyl,
age 26 in 1990 when I bought their first CD versions, age 30 when I bought the first
digital remasters in 1994 at the time of the The Beatles Anthology with
"Free As A Bird", which I now own on DVD.
Now at age 45 in 2009, this is the final frontier and I'm satisfied.
SUMMATION: Great music, great band, timeless, seamless & forever without peer! (-:
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