Rubber Soul (180 Gram Vinyl Edition) Original recording remastered
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|7. What Goes On/Girl|
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180 Gram Single Jacket Remastered LP
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.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Overall they did an excellent job remastering this CD and staying true to the original CD mixes. The bass guitar is louder and there is more noticeable bleed of reverb between the 2 speakers. I'm not sure if it's a modern reverb effect added or just that you can now HEAR the original reverb a lot more than ever before.
Some noticeable different things are:
Nowhere Man: the 1987 version has distorted vocals while the newer one definitely sounds cleaned up (you can hear George's harmony clearer) and the vocal reverb bleeds a lot to the other speaker.
Micelle: newer version has a lot more bleed from opposite speaker and significantly louder/cleaner drums and backing vocals.
What Goes On: the 1987 version left Ringo's vocal more bare in the one speaker, while the newer version has more bleed of the rhythm guitar beneath Ringo's vocal.
Girl: the old version has bass guitar in both speakers while the new one has bass in one speaker.
I'm Looking Through You: the old version has bass guitar bleeding into the vocal speaker, and the keyboard and lead guitar riff blend together to create ONE sound. On the new version you can clearly hear the keyboard as distinct from the lead guitar. Although it's cool to finally hear how it was done, to me it also takes away a little magic from the sound.
All the rest are true to the old CD mixes, just a bit louder and clearer/cleaner.
I've yet to compare it to the mono remastered CD.
Most recent customer reviews
Would have given it a 5 star if I hadn't screwed up and ordered the CD instead of the vinyl copy I really wanted. Super tracks but it's a CD.Published 26 days ago by Don R
Solid Album by a solid band. The 4 lads from Liverpool are certainly "on" their game on this one. Read morePublished 14 months ago by D_from the Great White North
Received in perfect shape with no quality issues at all. Vinyl perfectly flat and quiet. Labels correct for this LP and amazing sound quality. The music speaks for itself.Published 15 months ago by Mark