The Beatles - Rubber Soul [Parlophone Records 824181] (3 December 1965)

Released: 3 December 1965
Country: US
Label: Parlophone Records
Catalog: 824181
Genre: Pop / Rock

Item# SR-PA824181
Ratings: C=NM; LP=VG+
This Reissue: 13 November 2012

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Drive My Car
02 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
03 You Won't See Me
04 Nowhere Man
05 Think For Yourself
06 The Word
07 Michelle
08 What Goes On
09 Girl
10 I'm Looking Through You
11 In My Life
12 Wait
13 If I Needed Someone
14 Run For Your Life

Rubber Soul
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Album Review

Richie Unterberger []

While the Beatles still largely stuck to love songs on Rubber Soul, the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds. The group and George Martin were also beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group, using a sitar on ''Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),'' Greek-like guitar lines on ''Michelle'' and ''Girl,'' fuzz bass on ''Think for Yourself,'' and a piano made to sound like a harpsichord on the instrumental break of ''In My Life.'' While John and Paul were beginning to carve separate songwriting identities at this point, the album is full of great tunes, from ''Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)'' and ''Michelle'' to ''Girl,'' ''I'm Looking Through You,'' ''You Won't See Me,'' ''Drive My Car,'' and ''Nowhere Man'' (the last of which was the first Beatle song to move beyond romantic themes entirely). George Harrison was also developing into a fine songwriter with his two contributions, ''Think for Yourself'' and the Byrds-ish ''If I Needed Someone.''