Rubber Soul

Performers The Beatles

Apple | September 9, 2009 | Compact Disc

Rubber Soul is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
While the Beatles still largely stuck to love songs on Rubber Soul, the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds. The group and George Martin were also beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group, using a sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," Greek-like guitar lines on "Michelle" and "Girl," fuzz bass on "Think for Yourself," and a piano made to sound like a harpsichord on the instrumental break of "In My Life." While John and Paul were beginning to carve separate songwriting identities at this point, the album is full of great tunes, from "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Michelle" to "Girl," "I'm Looking Through You," "You Won't See Me," "Drive My Car," and "Nowhere Man" (the last of which was the first Beatles song to move beyond romantic themes entirely). George Harrison was also developing into a fine songwriter with his two contributions, "Think for Yourself" and the Byrds-ish "If I Needed Someone." [The 2009 remastered reissue comes with a mini-documentary about the making of the album, as well as expanded liner notes detailing the recording process.] ~ Richie Unterberger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 9, 2009

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Apple

UPC: 094638241829

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant This is a fantastic follow up to 'Help!'. The production values are higher, the song writing is in many ways more inspired, and the performances are tight and full of feeling. Certainly a contender for Best Beatles Album, with 'Help!' and 'Abbey Road'.
Date published: 2009-10-22

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Rubber Soul

Performers The Beatles

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 9, 2009

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Apple

UPC: 094638241829


Title Track Time
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 / Michelle --
7.What Goes On / Girl --
8.I'm Looking Through You --
9.In My Life / Wait --
10.If I Needed Someone --
11.Run For Your Life --
12.Rubber Soul Documentary --

Editorial Notes

While the Beatles still largely stuck to love songs on Rubber Soul, the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds. The group and George Martin were also beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group, using a sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," Greek-like guitar lines on "Michelle" and "Girl," fuzz bass on "Think for Yourself," and a piano made to sound like a harpsichord on the instrumental break of "In My Life." While John and Paul were beginning to carve separate songwriting identities at this point, the album is full of great tunes, from "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Michelle" to "Girl," "I'm Looking Through You," "You Won't See Me," "Drive My Car," and "Nowhere Man" (the last of which was the first Beatles song to move beyond romantic themes entirely). George Harrison was also developing into a fine songwriter with his two contributions, "Think for Yourself" and the Byrds-ish "If I Needed Someone." [The 2009 remastered reissue comes with a mini-documentary about the making of the album, as well as expanded liner notes detailing the recording process.] ~ Richie Unterberger
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