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Rubber Soul (British) [Enhanced]

The Beatles Audio CD
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the first Beatles masterpiece May 24 2005
Format:Audio CD
RUBBER SOUL remains a milestone in The Beatles' recording careers. It ushered in their most celebrated and sophisticated musical phase that is unrivalled to this day.
In the 20 months since The Beatles landed in America to the time the band recorded this album, rock 'n' roll had undergone a revolution, sparked by The Beatles themselves. The British invasion inspired Bob Dylan to go electric, while The Beatles converted the L.A. folk quartet, The Byrds, to replace their acoustic guitars with electric music. Add to this the whiff of American grass and you get the influences which shaped the late-1965 Beatles.
Above all, the Beatle's songwriting takes a big leap forward with RUBBER SOUL. For the first time John, Paul and George avoid the cliched boy-meets-girl songs and address introspective themes. Though RUBBER SOUL was widely viewed as Just Another Beatles Album in late-1965, some listners took notice of the words with as much care as they did Dylan albums. Some started to use the word "poetry" to describe Beatles music.
The album opens superbly with the funky Drive My Car which features a sharp vocal by Paul and a gorgeous bass influenced by Motown. John's Norwegian Wood is one of the record's highlights and introduces the sitar to Western ears. It obliquely tells of an affair John once had. You Won't See Me could've easily been a single. Paul's song, it is simply structured but strong. Nowhere Man was actually pulled as a single in the U.S. and is the first Beatles song not to talk about love or girls. John looks in the mirror and finds himself lost in a lyric that was one of his best (Dylan covered it many years later). George's Think For Yourself also steers away from the love song and features Paul playing the distinctive fuzz bass.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songcraft at its finest July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an elegant collection of songs that was a starting point for music. Here excellent music composition was combined with thought provoking lyricism and affective production. The guitars, pianos and bass play complementary melodies to the tunes, resulting in one flawless package that simply doesn't date.
Along with Pet Sounds and Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) here is a the new intellectualism of Bob Dylan combined with a production that emotionally frames it's lyrical content. Every track is a winner, although 'Run for your life' is somewhat lightweight. 'Norwegian Wood', 'In my Life', 'Nowhere man' and 'Girl' are probably the finest examples of songcraft here. Anyone interested in music must have this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Album in it's own right June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I really don't care what people say, Rubber Soul is a great album! Sure, it's a transition from the crowd-pleasing pop-ish songs to their more mature, complicated songs but the transition has it's own great points that CANNOT be overlooked. Rubber Soul is great because of the experimentation. This was all new stuff, a breakthrough in the music world. Several songs on the album are among the most favorite of all time. They aren't so simplistic as the earlier stuff, you can hear a change in all of their voices and in their way of thinking.
Drive My Car: First track, not bad, George's guitar is a great start and the song has a sexy undertone.
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown): Great sitar, excellent use of it. I love the lyrics. I mean, really, there is something very lovable about the transition songs because they still had some fun in them and weren't so heavy yet. This song has a great flow that makes anyone want to listen to it many times in a row.
You Won't See Me: Along with "She's a Woman" this is probably one of my least favorite Beatles songs. One can really hear Paul's pop influence on this song. It's ok but it gets old really fast.
Nowhere Man: ABSOLUTE CLASSIC!!! Here is where you can hear the expression of John's inner feelings, Rubber Soul is really where the Beatles began to get into self-exploration and the result is FANTASTIC! Most every song on this album is peak perfection in it's own right.
Think for Yourself: Good, George is really starting to establish himself here, that's another landmark for Rubber Soul.
The Word: Definitely following with the mid-sixties vibe. All about spreading love and showing what a good thing love is. This is almost a protest song against all the uptight people in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles' Best Album June 24 2004
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Format:Audio CD
RUBBER SOUL is the Beatles' best album, because it breaks new ground without straying from true rock & roll. All of the songs here are originals, and this is where all post-1970 rock sprung forth from. This album, the other 12 British Beatles albums (except YELLOW SUBMARINE), LET IT BE...NAKED, and PAST MASTERS, VOLS. 1 & 2 are the essential Beatles library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defloration Delight July 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
1964, and I'd at last escaped private school imprisonment, fit mean n lean n heading for my nth dan in shotokan, meanwhile doling out killer chops on the Telecaster.
Every time I took a hit in the dojo, I'd pick myself up and talk of 'rectifying' the situation, at which the guys would laff at such posh lingo. Then 'Soul' hit the shops and composer George used 'rectify' in "Think For yourself" and suddenly basic literacy was hip.
Dating the daughter of the manager of a Harrow record store at the time, we concluded a major snog to the soundtrack of the 4-somes' latest a whole 12 hours before the album went on sale to the rest of the grockles. Gives lust a good name.
Apart from Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky", I reckon this was the album to which I bedded more virginal sweeties than any other sounds of the season. Talk about a summer of seduction.
If *only* someone had invented back then some way of skipping the appalling atonal offering of the nasal Starkey. Sacré Bleu! Just *any* of those Ringo tracks, on any of the albums - what a musical service for all mankind.
That apart, enjoy this aphrodisiacal ace of an album. Bliss was it to be alive to rock to these albums *as* they came out. GOd *bless* those lads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is probably the Beatles' best album.
Published 1 month ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubber Soul
Amazing remaster though, a must have in a CD in any CD collection. Great fun, awesome tunes for the whole family!
Published 4 months ago by ruggiero campopiano
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
surement un des meilleurs des beatles du beatles a son meilleur,le genie de lennon et mcartney et le son est excellent
Published 13 months ago by miche h
5.0 out of 5 stars One of there best..
Love it, great album, vinyl sounds great. It is on heavyweight vinyl, the outer sleeve is pretty thick. Good inner sleeves.
Published 13 months ago by KEvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful quality
A wonderful album, and the quality of the 180 gram vinyl is incredible. This is my first 180 gram album and it was quality enough to determine that 180 gram is the way to go!
Published 20 months ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how beautiful this album was!
As a 50yr old I first got into this album decades ago, but while I kept listening to the later Magical Mystery Tour & White Album, Rubber Soul dropped off the map. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2010 by P. Ling
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
I was very pleased with this album It was in great condition and came packed well
Published on Nov. 7 2010 by sonic
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison of 1987 CD and 2009 Remastered Stereo CD
The repackaging is neat, with new pictures and a booklet, and a mini documentary on the CD... which makes it difficult/impossible to copy songs from the CD (which was easy to do... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2009 by From the Musician's Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars New Heights
All the signs were there on Help and yet, somehow, no one was quite ready for Rubber Soul. The Beatles sixth album was their best to date, and yet, were it the first album by an... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2009 by Irishcan
5.0 out of 5 stars all right peoples
this is a great album and thats a fact, also helpt to kick of the scithar in rock n roll. pretty cool, pretty cool. if you like the beatles its verry recomended. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2007 by thibs happy dude from canada
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