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Rubber Soul [Original recording remastered]

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0025KVLT2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rubber Soul Documentary
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2009 - Remaster)
3. You Won't See Me (2009 - Remaster)
4. Nowhere Man (2009 - Remaster)
5. Think For Yourself (2009 - Remaster)
6. The Word (2009 - Remaster)
7. Michelle (2009 - Remaster)
8. What Goes On (2009 - Remaster)
9. Girl (2009 - Remaster)
10. I'm Looking Through You (2009 - Remaster)
11. In My Life (2009 - Remaster)
12. Wait (2009 - Remaster)
13. If I Needed Someone (2009 - Remaster)
14. Run For Your Life (2009 - Remaster)

Product Description Review

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

BBC Review

Although not the huge stylistic leap forward that their next four albums would represent, Rubber Soul underlined that, for The Beatles, mop-toppery was now over and more serious matters lay ahead for a group who had just spent their second, successive year at the very pinnacle of world-wide success.

Fuelled by their prodigious marijuana intake, the songs – especially John Lennon's – continued on the oblique, introspective course they'd taken since Beatles For Sale the previous autumn.

Recorded in October and November 1965, the punningly-titled Rubber Soul is a transitional album that bridges the gap between its makers’ earlier pop rush and their future experimentation. Its upbeat sides are slightly off-kilter: Drive My Car, You Won't See Me and (previous album) Help! leftover Wait are great, beat-driven numbers that sound slightly kinky, while the peace-espousing The Word predates the summer of love by 18 months.

Paul McCartney follows Yesterday, the penultimate track on Help!, with Michelle, another show-stopping if saccharine standard. George Harrison's jangling tribute to The Byrds, If I Needed Someone, was also a hit for The Hollies, who released their version in the same week as Rubber Soul. However, with Nowhere Man, In My Life, Girl and Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), this is Lennon's album and arguably the last Beatles record he would dominate.

Key amongst Lennon’s pieces is In My Life. Its childhood reminisces still sound gorgeous, the song carrying far more weight than its writer's 24 years, illuminated by producer George Martin's beautiful piano solo: recorded at half speed and later doubled, the sound is reminiscent of a harpsichord and fulfilled Lennon’s request for something Baroque-sounding.

Rubber Soul demonstrates how The Beatles, with Martin in tow, were beginning to exploit the recording studio – afterwards, boundaries were to be pushed. And where The Beatles led, other rock and pop acts soon followed. --Daryl Easlea

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"Rubber Soul" (1965), along with "Revolver" (1966), clearly representation the transitional period between the "early" Beatles and "Sgt. Pepper." In terms of performance this was the shift from a live band to a studio band, and the influence of producer George Martin is obvious on several of these songs. The growing sophistication of Lennon & McCartney as songwriters is equally apparent, spurned as much by the influences of eastern music (e.g., Harrison's sitar work on "Norwegian Wood") and the burgeoning drug culture (e.g., "The Word") as by their desire to write more than pop hits. This album might offer up a melodic love song like "Michelle" and a simple rocker like "Drive My Car," but there is also the poignant lyricism of "Nowhere Man" and "In My Life." On the one hand, the Beatles are still singing mostly love songs on "Rubber Soul," but on the other hand their is a great leap forward in terms of what they have to say about love this time around. I have also seen a compelling argument that it is on "Rubber Soul" than John Lennon and Paul McCartney start to really become different songwriters (which is seen by some as being the influence of Bob Dylan, a logical explanation to be sure).
Much has always been made of how the "Sgt. Pepper" album burst on the music scene, but "Rubber Soul" definitely begins laying the groundwork. "Girl" especially sounds representative of the "Sgt. Pepper" period, while "Run For Your Life" is consistent with the hits the Beatles had produced over the previous couple of years. The first record I ever owned was "The Beatles Second Album," which, of course, is not available on CD because it was produced in America and took songs off of three or four British Beatles albums.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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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12 of 13 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 days 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 13 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Stephen Goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars I have nothing to add that hasn't been said already: a great album
A great album, which pushes the Fab Four forward while still casting oblique gazes to their recent past. My only criticism with the album is that is uneven. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Recondo
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubber soul cd
Great cover, great music, iv never owned my own copy until now, enduring music that stands the test of time and still influences music
Published 3 months ago by betsy shapland
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Beatles
What more can I say, it's the Beatles and it's great, sounds wonderful through a valve CD player and DAC, still prefer LP's though!!
Published 3 months ago by Judi Wimbush
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The Beatles, the beatles are one of the all time greatest boy band ever, so you will love this album.
Published 4 months ago by diane
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
great service - i will be back for more - i will recommend you to others = thank you very much
Published 4 months ago by mrs kay arline wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubber soul
Should have bought it years ago, thought I did!!! All the classics - all fourteen of them and all written by the fab four. Well worth the money.
Published 5 months ago by Antony R. Addison
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