Rubber Soul

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Rubber Soul (UK mono) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1267
Rubber Soul (UK stereo) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3075
Rubber Soul (US mono) 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) T 2442 [none]
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) T-2442 [none]
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 14 EMI-Odeon (imprint) EAS-70135
Rubber Soul (US stereo) 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) ST 2442 [none]
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SW 2442, SW-2442
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 14 Odeon 1C 072-04 115
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 14 Odeon EAS-70135
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 14 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-106 [none]
Rubber Soul Vinyl 14 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1-107
Rubber Soul (1987 stereo remix) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46440 2 077774644020
Rubber Soul (1987 remix) CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7 46440 2 077774644020
Rubber Soul (1987 stereo remix, made in W‐Germany) CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7 46440 2 077774644020
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CLJ-46440 077774644013
Rubber Soul Cassette 14 Parlophone TC-PCS 3075 [none]
Rubber Soul (1987 remix; W. Germany pressing for US market) CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone CDP 7 46440 2 077774644020
Rubber Soul (original mix) CD 14 Parlophone C2 46440 077774644020
Rubber Soul (1987 remix) CD 14 Apple Records, Parlophone C2 0777 7 46440 2 0 077774644020
Rubber Soul CD 14 Parlophone, Apple Records, EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013) CDP 7 46440 2, TOCP-51116 4988006740006
Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 15 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone 0946 3 82418 2 9 094638241829
Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 15 Apple Records 0946 3 82418 2 9 094638241829
Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster) 12" Vinyl 14 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0094638241812 0094638241812
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone 094638241812 094638241812
Rubber Soul CD 24 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) B0019707-02
Rubber Soul (mastered for iTunes, iTunes LP) Digital Media 15 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Rubber Soul 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1267 602537825752
Bootleg
Rubber Soul CD 26 MO 84 006
Rubber Soul (unknown) 14
Rubber Soul (Rock Band Mixes) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMCQ 31509

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Drive My Car
Nowhere Man
covers: Rubber Folk by Various Artists
included in: Beatles for Sale / Rubber Soul
The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
The Beatles in Mono (2009 mono remasters)
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 5)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/rubber-soul-mw0000192940 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/45526 [info]
Wikidata: Q190640 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:Rubber_Soul_(1965) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/rubber_soul_f1/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/6993/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5gn8 [info]
http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=mfslrs [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.