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Rubber Soul [VINYL]


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"The story began in Harold Macmillan’s “never had it so good” ’50s Britain. It should be fiction: four teenagers with no more than eight O’Levels between them, running and biking and busing and busking all over Liverpool in search of new chords and old guitars and half-decent drum kit and any gig at all.

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Product details

  • Vinyl (14 Nov 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00004WXTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,700 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

Product Description

Product Description

1984 UK 14-track vinyl LP reissue; Factory Sample, 'Manufacturers Property' sticker to the back cover.

Amazon.co.uk 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. M. Bell on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By goldenears on 9 Sep 2014
Format: Vinyl
The music is in my mind 5 star but others may have a different opinion.

The Amazon service delivery was first class. The album arrived exactly as promised and was very well packaged and protected. There was no damage whatsoever to the outer cardboard.

The album itself was also well packed. The cling film wrap was tough and very tight and I was tempted to use a knife to open it. I resisted and found a corner to open the album with my fingernails.

The album cover was also first class and almost exactly replicated the original that I bought in 1965. The interior cover was lined with PVC. I even had difficulty slipping the album into its outer cover just like I did years ago.

I gave the album a good looking over. It was not warped or scratched anywhere and it did not look as if it needed cleaning. The central spindle hole was perfectly aligned as far as I could see. The album did not feel much heavier or solid than the original 160 gm version.

I had to wait until my wife finished playing music before I was allowed to put the LP on my main Hi-Fi. I dusted the needle and carefully mounted the album then gave it the once over with a carbon brush and very carefully cued the stylus.

The album sounded exactly like I anticipated. I could not hear any groove noise; the vinyl was very quiet.

Everything perfect so far.

Compared to what I was listening to in 1965 the music really did not sound that much different but of course in those days we were using much more primitive equipment and the record groove was wider. This mono remaster has got a microgroove which is the same width as a Stereo record.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sep 2014
Format: Vinyl
Well, this is something. I never got to hear the original Beatles' mono releases due to my age and lack of money. I'm not too fussy about the stereo or mono debate, sacrilege though that that may seem. But I do like vinyl for acoustic and aesthetic reasons, and having recently purchased a good record deck am selecting a few new vinyls to accompany my old ones.

Sound-wise, I think this is great. My single greatest worry was that the sound would just appear to be coming from a tiny space dead-centre of the stereo speakers (I have heard that effect on some classical mono CDs). I would describe the sound here as spacious mono; no left/right split as on the stereo mixes, just warm and spacious sound that is, for whatever reason, so involving you just want to go on listening. It all sounds just right. I heard the 2009 stereo digital remasters and could never understand why they were being praised so much. The sound mix just seemed to have muddied things. Here, we have transfers from the original analogue master tapes, done with loving care, and it sounds it. Clarity is all. (One strange thing though; side 2 sounds to have been cut at a higher level than side 1. Am I imagining this??).

Manufacturing is wonderful. Universal, who now own EMI (except Classics), got the German company Optimal to plate and press these mono issues, and the surfaces are wonderfully silent. I am not convinced we need 180 gm pressings, but at least this copy is flat (unlike the second disc of my copy of Pink Floyd's The Wall, which is warped, and crackles to boot. That was pressed before EMI was taken over by Universal and I wonder if it was a different manufacturer).

Anyway, back to Rubber Soul, a self-recommending album, probably my favourite from the mop tops.
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