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Rubber Soul [CD]

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000002UAO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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. So many classics: "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man" 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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THE BEATLES Rubber Soul (1987 Dutch 14-track stereo CD issue of the classic 1965 album featuring the new George Martin remix picture sleeve CDP7464402)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Influencial, Essential! 12 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Rubber Soul is where it started! in studios terms, Lennon and McCartney by now heavely influenced by Dylan, emarked on being experiamental and pushed the boundries out, that only they could see eg, Norwegian Wood (1st Pop song to have a sitar on)Rubber Soul has a more fuller effect than the previous Beatle albums eg, better basslines, guitar work, vocal styles and harmonies! Enjoyable album in which i never get bored of, very catchy, killer hooks, entertaining and timeless with a rich mixture of sounds! I recommend, Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Wait, Nowhere Man, Girl, In My Life, Run For Your Life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All in the best possible taste 25 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
'Rubber Soul' is the first Beatles album that works its magic without yelling at you. It sounds much more like a carefully-crafted gem than the representation of a live set. The band sound confident that they're taking rock music to a new level and from here on they don't need outside material. It serves partly as a wind-up for 'Revolver', the album it most resembles, but is a classic in its own right. You can admire the diversity and ingenuity here, but you can't allege gimmickry.

The stylistic progression includes the more solid rock approach of 'Drive My Car', subtle but intricate vocal arrangements as on 'You Won't See Me', the laughing effect of the fuzz guitar on 'Think For Yourself' and the smouldering, impassioned delivery of 'Girl'. There are many great songs too, as indicated by the extent to which other artists picked this album over. The Overlanders took 'Michelle' to number one and disappeared; The Truth put 'Girl' in the charts and followed suit; The Hollies made 'If I Needed Someone' another top ten hit; and Judy Collins brought out the full poignancy of 'In My Life'. Then of course there's John Lennon's legendary 'Norwegian Wood', a tale of the unexpected, as well as the instant 'Nowhere Man'.

The only false notes are perhaps 'What Goes On' on which Ringo reminds you that he drums better than he sings, while Lennon himself is on record as saying that he hated 'Run For Your Life'. Even so, it isn't a bad song. File 'Rubber Soul' under the usual - peerless.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music still unbalanced stereo 11 Sep 2009
By Mr. R. G. Prizeman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I receieved my Stereo Box set, i was so excited I had been waiting ages for the improved versions. Where should l start, I decided to start with one of my favorite albums, Rubber Soul, As the CD Player started and Drive my car came on my heart sank.After all this waiting and all these years of remastering and knowing this problem can be sorterd(see yellow submarine songtrack) We still have voices out of one channel and instruments out of the other. This is just not exceptable in this day and age of headphones I players ect, this is just not a comfortable way to listen to such a great album. According to George Martin he did re balanced versions of the albums but they were rejected by apple. I don't get this at all. As you may be aware the Beatles were only involved with the Mono mixes and the Stereo mixes were knocked of in one afternoon by an engineer. With this being the fact surley as The Mono Mixes were what most of us heard on the Radio and at home what is wrong with doing the early albums propery with vocal in the centre, That is not altering history as it is clear to everyone except those at EMI that if the Beatles had no involvment in the stereo version make them sound at leat like the MONO versions. Golly to think Pet sounds by the Beach Boys on the same lablel sounds fantastic. I really think Paul and Ringo should have been involved with these issues and perhaps this could have been resolved.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEATLES GROW UP!!! 18 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
This fabulous, fourteen track CD, with twelve tracks by the Lennon/McCartney songriting duo, one track by Lennon/McCartney/Starkey(Ringo), and one by George Harrison, is a significant departure from their earlier works. Here, the music is lusher, darker, and more complex. With the release of this album, The Beatles bid goodbye to their "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" days and established themselves as a musical force of note, more talented than anyone had imagined.
With vivid imagery and themes, they sang about life and all its turbulent emotions, a virtual social commentary. From the rock and roll refrains of "Drive My Car" to the sitar laden "Norwegian Wood", followed up by the existential "Nowhere Man", The Beatles had a lot to say, and they did so with a vengeance.
Love was still an important theme, however, to which Paul paid homage with the romantic ballad, "Michelle", as did John in "Girl", a song so filled with yearning, it is almost palpable. As if this weren't enough, add the lament of love lost in "I'm Looking Through You", as well as the achingly poignant "In My Life", and you have a musical experience so complete, that no music collector should be without this CD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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First of all ....the music! Apart from the Ringo song (What Goes On) the rest of the album is pretty damn good (I even like the Lennon throw-away Run for Your Life because his vocal is SO good!!). It's a pretty big jump in quality from the previous HELP! album and there's more sophistication. Drive My Car, Norweigan Wood, Nowhere Man, Think for Yourself, Michelle, In My Life, If I Needed Someone are all superb - and for most other bands all of these could have been singles. But as The Beatles released the double A sided We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper single on the same day as Rubber Soul, NONE of the tracks off the album were released as singles in the UK.

Now for the re-mastering... The overall sound is more dynamic, rhythmic and three-dimensional than the 1987 CD release but unfortunately on most tracks the balance of vocals to music is too heavily biased in favour of the vocals with You Won't See Me being the worst case. This makes the tracks far tamer than they should be and prevents the songs from gelling. The improved definition and clarity of sound of the instruments does help to make up this gap a little - but I think the guys at Abbey Road have boobed! What was required from the re-mastering was a noticeable improvement on the 1987 CD (which to me was more two-dimensional sounding and a bit too trebly) rather than a re-interpretation of the sound of the songs. On the other hand Nowhere Man and If I Needed Someone are markedly improved compared to the 1987 CD. The instruments sound a bit louder and ballsier - so these tracks zip along very well thank you very much. If the rest of the CD had been re-mastered to this standard I would be a very happy man!
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Published 13 days ago by diana povey
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Can't go wrong with the fab four!
Published 17 days ago by Edward P Mahon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beatles Classic!
Replacing lost CD... I don't need to review it do I?
OK then, since I have to enter more words... It's MEGA.
Buy a copy for the kids...then get them Revolver, then Sgt. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tich
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Great
Nothing compares to playing this album on your old Dansette single player back in the sixties but,nonetheless still great with songs that will be heard forever.
Published 1 month ago by kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Rushed Job But It Doesn't Show
Somehow Rubber Soul sounded very different to what had gone before. Talk about a rushed job. Rubber Soul was produced in just four weeks to reach the Christmas Market but it's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
Bought for my partner, and he loves it. He is a Beatles fan and plays it nonstop. It arrived on time and well packed.
Published 3 months ago by christina hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined for greatness
Maybe their first album which demonstrated the direction in which their innovation, their artistry and their talent would take them. Fantastic!
Published 3 months ago by David Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE MUSIC LIVES ON'
This was the 'Fab-Four's' sixth album release (1965)
The music was still fresh and uncomplicated at that time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rbmusicman
Rubber Soul is the best album the Beatles made because it was the most consistent. It represents the peak of Lennon/McCartney as collaborative songwriters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Goldsmith
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