Rubber Soul #1

8 Jan

Rubber Soul was the eleventh album released by the Beatles in the US. It was released three days after the British LP by Capitol Records in both the mono and stereo formats.Rubber Soul thus began a 59 week chart run on Christmas Day. It topped the Billboard Album chart for six weeks starting on 8 January 1966. The album sold 1.2 million copies within nine days of its release, and to date has sold over six million copies in America.

Rubber Soul really opens the flood gates for experimentalism in rock and roll. It is a folk rock album,[1] and also incorporates pop and soul music styles.[3]  Among other notable experiments, the sitar makes it’s debut on “Norwegian Wood”. The album was described as a major artistic achievement, attaining widespread critical and commercial success, with reviewers taking note of the Beatles’ developing musical vision.[4]

Notice that it doesn’t have the Beatles name on the cover.

Rubber Soul was successful commercially and critically, and is often cited as one of the greatest albums in music history.[5][6][7][8] In 2012, Rubber Soul was ranked #5 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.[9]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. I’ve Just Seen a Face McCartney 2:07
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) Lennon 2:05
3. You Won’t See Me McCartney 3:22
4. Think for Yourself” (Harrison) Harrison 2:19
5. The Word Lennon, McCartney and Harrison 2:43
6. Michelle McCartney 2:42
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. It’s Only Love Lennon 1:55
2. Girl Lennon 2:33
3. I’m Looking Through You McCartney 2:31
4. In My Life Lennon and McCartney 2:27
5. Wait Lennon and McCartney 2:16
6. Run for Your Life Lennon 2:18

Personnel

According to Mark Lewisohn,[41] Ian MacDonald[42] and The Beatles Anthology.[43]

Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 17 June and 12 October, 11 November 1965 at EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock[1]
Length 35:50
Language English, French
Label Parlophone (UK), Capitol (US)
Producer George Martin

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