Rubber Soul

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Rubber Soul is the sixth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 3 December 1965 in the United Kingdom, on EMI's Parlophone label, accompanied by the non-album double A-side single "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out". The original North American release, issued by Capitol Records, contains ten of the fourteen songs and two tracks withheld from the band's Help! album. Rubber Soul was met with a highly favourable critical response and topped sales charts in Britain and the United States for several weeks.

The recording sessions took place in London over a four-week period beginning in October 1965. For the first time in their career, the Beatles were able to record an album free of concert, radio or film commitments. Often referred to as a folk rock album, particularly in its Capitol configuration, Rubber Soul incorporates a mix of pop, soul and folk musical styles. The title derives from the colloquialism "plastic soul" and was the Beatles' way of acknowledging their lack of authenticity compared to the African-American soul artists they admired. After A Hard Day's Night in 1964, it was the second Beatles LP to contain only original material.

The songs demonstrate the Beatles' increasing maturity as lyricists, and in their incorporation of brighter guitar tones and new instrumentation such as sitar, harmonium and fuzz bass, the group striving for more expressive sounds and arrangements for their music. The project marked a progression in the band's treatment of the album format as an artistic platform, an approach they continued to develop with Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The four songs omitted by Capitol, including the February 1966 single "Nowhere Man", later appeared on the North American release Yesterday and Today.

Rubber Soul was highly influential on the Beatles' peers, leading to a widespread focus away from singles and onto creating albums of consistently high-quality songs. It has been recognised by music critics as an album that opened up the possibilities of pop music in terms of lyrical and musical scope, and as a key work in the creation of styles such as psychedelia and progressive rock. Among its many appearances on critics' best-album lists, Rolling Stone ranked it fifth on the magazine's 2012 list "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2000, it was voted at number 34 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's book All Time Top 1000 Albums. The album was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA in 1997, indicating shipments of at least six million copies in the US. In 2013, Rubber Soul was certified platinum by the BPI for UK sales since 1994.

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Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Rubber Soul (UK mono, SOLD IN U.K., sans-serif)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • GB1965-12-03
Parlophone (UK)PMC 1267[none]
Rubber Soul (UK stereo, SOLD IN U.K., serif)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • GB1965-12-03
Parlophone (UK)PCS 3075[none]
Rubber Soul (UK mono, SOLD IN U.K., serif)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • GB1965-12-03
Parlophone (UK)PMC 1267[none]
Rubber Soul (UK stereo, SOLD IN U.K., sans-serif)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • GB1965-12-03
Parlophone (UK)PCS 3075[none]
Rubber Soul (US mono)The Beatles12" Vinyl12
  • US1965-12-06
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)T 2442[none]
Rubber Soul (US Stereo)The Beatles12" Vinyl12
  • US1965-12-06
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)[none]
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)T-2442[none]
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl14
EMI-Odeon (imprint)EAS-70135
Rubber Soul (US stereo)The Beatles12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)ST 2442[none]
Rubber Soul (UK stereo, no SOLD IN U.K.)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (UK)PCS 3075[none]
Rubber Soul (stereo)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
Apple RecordsAP-8156[none]
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SW 2442, SW-2442
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl14
Odeon1C 072-04 115
Rubber Soul (UK mono, ALL RIGHTS...)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (UK)PMC 1267[none]
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • JP1982-01-21
OdeonEAS-70135[none]
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • US1982-10
  • GB1984-06-01
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab1-107, MFSL 1-106[none]
Rubber Soul (mono, red vinyl)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
OdeonEAS-701354988006601789
Rubber Soul (Remastered)The BeatlesCD14
  • JP1987-04-30
EMI-Odeon (imprint)CP32-53264988006611474
Rubber Soul (1987 stereo remix)The BeatlesCD14
  • GB1987-04-30
Parlophone (UK)CDP 7 46440 2077774644020
Rubber Soul (1987 stereo remix, made in W‐Germany)The BeatlesCD14
  • US1987-04-30
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 46440 2077774644020
Rubber Soul (1987 remix)The BeatlesCD14
  • US1987-04-30
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 46440 2077774644020
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • US1987-07-21
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CLJ-46440077774644013
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesCassette14
Parlophone (UK)TC-PCS 3075[none]
Rubber Soul (Remastered)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (UK)PCS 30755099910411513
Rubber Soul (1987 remix; W. Germany pressing for US market)The BeatlesCD14
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (UK)CDP 7 46440 2077774644020
Rubber Soul (original mix)The BeatlesCD14
Parlophone (UK)C2 46440077774644020
Rubber Soul (1987 remix)The BeatlesCD14
Apple Records, Parlophone (UK)C2 0777 7 46440 2 0077774644020
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesCD14
EMI-Odeon (imprint)CP32 53264988006611474
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesCD14
  • JP1998-03-11
Parlophone (UK), Apple Records, EMI (Japanese double‐boxed logo)CDP 7 46440 2, TOCP-511164988006740006
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesCD14
  • JP1998-03-18
TOSHIBA EMI (a rare imprint used mostly for promos and video releases - does not stand for “東芝EMI株式会社”), Apple Records, Parlophone (UK)TOCP-50506[none]
Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster)The BeatlesEnhanced CD16
  • XE2009-09-09
Apple Records0946 3 82418 2 9094638241829
Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster)The BeatlesEnhanced CD15
  • JP2009-09-09
Apple RecordsTCOP-710864988006873513
Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster)The BeatlesEnhanced CD15
  • US2009-09-09
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (UK)0946 3 82418 2 9094638241829
Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • XE2012-11-09
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)00946382418120094638241812
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • US2012-11-13
Parlophone (UK)094638241812094638241812
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesCD24
  • US2014-01-24
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)B0019707-02[none]
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesDigital Media15
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Rubber Soul (2014 mono remaster)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • XE2014-09-09
  • GB2014-09-09
  • US2014-09-09
Parlophone (UK)PMC 1267602537825752
Rubber Soul (remastered)The BeatlesDigital Media14
EMI Catalogue00602547670151
Rubber SoulThe Beatles12" Vinyl14
  • ES2017-11-03
Parlophone (UK)0094638241812, PCS 3075
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesCD14EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Apple Records, Parlophone (UK)7464402077774644020
Rubber Soul (EU stereo; PM 518)The BeatlesCD14Apple RecordsCDP 7 46440 2077774644020
Bootleg
Rubber Soul · Резиновая ДушаБитлз12" Vinyl14
АнТропП91 00215
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesCD26
MO 84 006
Rubber Soul (UK mono DESS bootleg)The BeatlesCD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPMC 1267[none]
Rubber SoulThe BeatlesCD12
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsT 2442
Rubber Soul (US stereo DESS bootleg)The BeatlesCD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPCS 3075[none]
Rubber Soul (Rock Band Mixes)The Beatles12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (UK)PMCQ 31509
Rubber Soul (mono)The BeatlesCD14
[no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases)CDP 746440 2, PMCD 1267[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Drive My Car
Nowhere Man
covers:Rubber Folk by Various Artists
included in:Beatles for Sale / Rubber Soul
The Beatles (box set, includes 2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Collection
The Beatles in Mono (2009 mono remasters)
The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2
The U.S. Albums
With Love From Me To You
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 5) (order: 5)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 5) (order: 5)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 35) (order: 35)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition) (order: 56)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/45526 [info]
reviews:http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=mfslrs [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5gn8 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/rubber_soul_f1/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/6993/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/rubber-soul-mw0000192940 [info]
Wikidata:Q190640 [info]

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Although not the huge stylistic leap forward that their next four albums would represent, Rubber Soul underlined that, for The Beatles, mop-toppery was now over and more serious matters lay ahead for a group who had just spent their second, successive year at the very pinnacle of world-wide success.

Fuelled by their prodigious marijuana intake, the songs - especially John Lennon's - continued on the oblique, introspective course they'd taken since Beatles For Sale the previous autumn.

Recorded in October and November 1965, the punningly-titled Rubber Soul is a transitional album that bridges the gap between its makers' earlier pop rush and their future experimentation. Its upbeat sides are slightly off-kilter: Drive My Car, You Won't See Me and (previous album) Help! leftover Wait are great, beat-driven numbers that sound slightly kinky, while the peace-espousing The Word predates the summer of love by 18 months.

Paul McCartney follows Yesterday, the penultimate track on Help!, with Michelle, another show-stopping if saccharine standard. George Harrison's jangling tribute to The Byrds, If I Needed Someone, was also a hit for The Hollies, who released their version in the same week as Rubber Soul. However, with Nowhere Man, In My Life, Girl and Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), this is Lennon's album and arguably the last Beatles record he would dominate.

Key amongst Lennon's pieces is In My Life. Its childhood reminisces still sound gorgeous, the song carrying far more weight than its writer's 24 years, illuminated by producer George Martin's beautiful piano solo: recorded at half speed and later doubled, the sound is reminiscent of a harpsichord and fulfilled Lennon's request for something Baroque-sounding.

Rubber Soul demonstrates how The Beatles, with Martin in tow, were beginning to exploit the recording studio - afterwards, boundaries were to be pushed. And where The Beatles led, other rock and pop acts soon followed.