Rubber Soul

The Beatles - Rubber Soul
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Based on 6 reviews
1965 Ratings: #3 / 31
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1965 Ratings: #5
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December 3, 1965 / Release Date
LP / Format
Parlophone / Capitol / Label
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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.

The Beatles' first undisputed masterpiece is their quietest and most folky record, reflecting the influences of contemporaries like Dylan and the Byrds.
Who knew that a "transitional" album would sound so great?
The Telegraph
Rubber Soul sees Lennon raise his game in the making of a record with open and spacious production.

The band’s musical innovation began in earnest with the late-1965 release of Rubber Soul. Though, in hindsight, the album wears its influences on its sleeve, at the time it was an unprecedented synthesis of elements from folk-rock and beyond.

It's a crime to hate on this.

I will stand as a witness when you're on trial for your heinous acts, trust me.
I can definitely see why this is one of The Beatles' most contextually important records, as it was an essential stepping stone towards their legendary material. That said, taken on its own merits, I would say it's one of the more overrated albums of theirs. The members have yet to really find their individual voices, and while that adds a certain amount of cohesion, it's a much less dynamic record than of course White or even Revolver. Definitely good, and unquestionably important, but overall ... read more
#1 - Albums that taught me when I was a kid >>> The Beatles - Rubber Soul - 1965

"Baby, you can drive my car, Yes I'm gonna be a star"

When The Beatles begin the process of creating Rubber Soul, they are now entering the second half of their band career. Exhausted and bored by the "Beatlesmania", they take a step back and move on to something much more artistic. They had revolutionized Pop music but thanks to Rubber Soul, they changed again: the very idea of the ... read more
And Now I've finally gotten to the later era of The Beatles, & the album to start this era out is the folked-out (& slightly psychedelic) "Rubber Soul". I was honestly impressed by how well they pulled off this sound, & I didn't expect this to be a sound I really liked either.

"Drive My Car" starts the album off with catchy guitar riffs on the left channel, & some bouncy pianos on the right supporting the very catchy vocal melodies (& beeps). ... read more

The early rock influences start to mix with the psychedelia of the 60s.

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: Girl, Michelle, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown, Nowhere Man, In My Life, Wait, The Word
LEAST FAV: What Goes On
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Track List

  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
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Added on: September 1, 2012