Rubber Soul by The Beatles, released in 1965, was the follow-up to Help! And, therefore, the second album of theirs to consist entirely of original material. By this time, the band had given up touring and were able to focus all of their energies on recording in the studio. The results are bloody marvelous.
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10/10 Tom 30th May 2018Rubber Soul may be the first Beatles masterpiece. When most people think of the Beatles they probably think of one of the Beatles big hit singles, but on Rubber Soul the band created a mini-universe in the studio, with some of the best songs and some of the best insights into the band member's true personalities and burgeoning experimentation with LSD and weed. Fantastic songs like "Norwegian Wood", "Nowhere Man" and "In My Life" sit side by side with lesser (but still great) songs like "I'm Looking Through You", "The Word" and "Drive My Car". The one slightly awkward moment on the album is the chauvinistic closing track "Run For Your Life" which John Lennon once called his least favourite Beatles song (and he wrote it). But all in all Rubber Soul marked the beginning of the Beatles transition into mind-bending experimentalists and true musical trend-setters.
9/10 Penrith Steve 19th October 2014
Love ‘em or hate ‘em (and I love ‘em) you can’t deny The Beatles impact on modern music. At least half of their output is utterly essential. “Rubber Soul” is definitely one of their best and fired up Brian Wilson enough to make “Pet Sounds”. As well as the really famous songs “You Won’t See Me” and “I’m Looking Through You” add to the brilliant selection on offer here. Unfortunately they let Ringo sing one, “What Goes On” which is the album’s low point but there are a massive amount of high points.
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