He adds that Rubber Soul is "full of great tunes" from Lennon and McCartney notwithstanding their divergence from a common style, and demonstrates that Harrison "was also developing into a fine songwriter". In an article coinciding with the 50th anniversary of its release, for The Guardian , Bob Stanley lamented that Rubber Soul was often overlooked in appraisals of the Beatles' recording career, whereas Revolver and The Beatles had each gained in stature to surpass Sgt. Stanley highlighted Rubber Soul as having been "a good 18 months ahead of its time" and "the first album of the rock era that sounded like an album".
He said that the album was "way ahead of what anyone had done before" and, given the short period in which they had to record, he called it the Beatles' "accidental masterpiece".
It's a fitting product from a quartet just beginning to explore their inner selves on record. He says that Rubber Soul usually trails the Beatles' next four albums in critics' assessments of their work, yet "it's undoubtedly their pre-acid, pre-antagonism masterpiece: beat music as high art". Music historian Bill Martin says that the release of Rubber Soul was a "turning point" for pop music, in that for the first time "the album rather than the song became the basic unit of artistic production.
He said the album was the first time "you were forced to deal with them as something other than a flash in the pan" and especially admired Harrison's introduction of Indian sounds. In his chapter on Rubber Soul in the Cambridge Companion to Music 's volume on the Beatles, James Decker credits the album with effecting the "transformation" of s pop.
He describes it as an album-length confirmation of the "transformation of pop's range and reach" that the Beatles had first achieved when " Yesterday ", McCartney's introspective and classically orchestrated ballad, topped US singles charts in late According to music historian David Simonelli, Rubber Soul was "the first serious effort by a rock and roll act to produce an LP as an artistic statement", and its "artsy" cover photo and lack of filler songs combined to create a "complete artistic package".
Referring to the praise afforded the band, particularly the songwriting partnership of Lennon and McCartney, by Newsweek in early , Michael Frontani writes: "The Beatles had a foothold in the world of art; in the months that followed, their efforts would lead to the full acceptance and legitimization of rock and roll as an art form. According to author Joe Harrington, the album contained the Beatles' first "psychedelic experiments" and coincided with rock 'n' roll's development into a variety of new styles, for which the Beatles remained the "conduit through which all We'd all been outflanked After a few times on the turntable, you realised that the goal posts had been moved, forever, and you really wanted to hear the next record — now.
You could sense Revolver just over the horizon. You were hooked.
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Music journalist Mark Ellen credits Rubber Soul with having "sow[ed] the seeds of psychedelia "  and Christgau says that "psychedelia starts here. Stevie Winwood , who formed the psychedelic rock band Traffic in , sees Rubber Soul as the LP that "broke everything open", in that "It crossed music into a whole new dimension and was responsible for kicking off the sixties rock era.
Rubber Soul was voted fifth in Paul Gambaccini 's book Critic's Choice: Top Albums ,  based on submissions from a panel of 47 critics and broadcasters including Richard Williams,  Christgau and Marcus. Rubber Soul appeared in Rolling Stone ' s list of the "40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time", where the editors concluded: "You can say this represents 'maturity,' call it 'art' or credit it for moving rock away from singles to album-length statements — but regardless Rubber Soul accelerated popular music's creative arms race, driving competitors like the Stones, the Beach Boys and Dylan to dismantle expectations and create new ones.
In his commentary with the entry, Ian Cohen wrote: "Every Beatles album fundamentally shaped how pop music is understood, so Rubber Soul is one of the most important records ever made, by default Even in , whenever a pop singer makes a serious turn, or an anointed serious band says they've learned to embrace pop, Rubber Soul can't help but enter the conversation. In , Rubber Soul was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame ,  an award bestowed by the American Recording Academy "to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old". All of which is to say: Rubber Soul , the Beatles' sixth studio album, was the record that launched a thousand ships.
Rubber Soul was released on compact disc on 30 April ,  with the fourteen-song track line-up now the international standard. He went back to the original four-track tapes and remixed them for stereo. A newly remastered version of Rubber Soul , again using the Martin remix, was released worldwide as part of the reissue of the entire Beatles catalogue on 9 September The accompanying Beatles in Mono box set contained two versions of the album: the original mono mix and the stereo mix.
The Capitol version was relaunched in , for the Capitol Albums, Volume 2 box set,   using original mixes of the Capitol album, and then in , individually and on the box set The U. All tracks are written by Lennon—McCartney except where noted. BPI certification awarded only for sales since From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is about the album. For other uses, see Rubber Soul disambiguation. Folk rock  rock  pop . Rubber Soul was a matter of having all experienced the recording studio, having grown musically as well, but [getting] the knowledge of the place, of the studio. We were more precise about making the album, that's all, and we took over the cover and everything. It's the marijuana period The word is "love," right?
It seems like the underlying theme to the universe. Everything that was worthwhile got down to this one, love, love thing. Sample from "In My Life", including a portion of the piano solo. People have always wanted us to stay the same, but we can't stay in a rut. No one else expects to hit a peak at 23 and never develop, so why should we? Rubber Soul for me is the beginning of my adult life. It was the most out-there music they'd ever made, but also their warmest, friendliest and most emotionally direct. As soon as it dropped in December , Rubber Soul cut the story of pop music in half — we're all living in the future this album invented.
Now as then, every pop artist wants to make a Rubber Soul of their own. He adds: "However, Rubber Soul was decidedly not a folk rock album, since its 'artistry' included bits of baroque sounds the piano in 'In My Life' and the first infusions of the Eastern sitar sound 'Norwegian Wood' , thus revealing a nascent experimentalism and eclectic power of appropriation that later would be the source of much of their acclaim … [The Beatles'] accreditory debt to Dylan and the folk rock movement was much less musical than it was discursive.
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McCartney sat that one out, avoiding the drug for another year, while Harrison and Lennon had each had a previous accidental dosage. Marijuana's effect on the group is most heavily audible on Rubber Soul. By the time of their next album, Revolver , three-fourths of the group had been turned on to LSD, and their music was headed somewhere else entirely. With its patient pace and languid tones, Rubber Soul is an altogether much more mellow record than anything the Beatles had done before, or would do again.
It's a fitting product from a quartet just beginning to explore their inner selves on record. Lennon, in particular, continued his more introspective and often critical songwriting, penning songs of romance gone wrong or personal doubt and taking a major step forward as a lyricist. Besting his self-critical "I'm a Loser" with "Nowhere Man" was an accomplishment, and the faraway, dreamy "Girl" was arguably his most musically mature song to date. Lennon's strides were most evident, however, on "Norwegian Wood", an economical and ambiguous story-song highlighted by Harrison's first dabbling with the Indian sitar, and the mature, almost fatalistic heart-tug of "In My Life", which displayed a remarkably calm and peaceful attitude toward not only one's past and present, but their future and the inevitability of death.
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