Rubber Soul • Beatles UK album

UK vinyl album Rubber Soul

‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – front cover
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‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – back cover
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‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone PMC 1267 MONO / PCS 3075 STEREO
  • Released: 3rd December 1965
  • Peak position:
    Disc Weekly – #1;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 9 – from 25th December 1965
  • Weeks in chart: 42 – from 11th December 1965

Side A: Drive My Car / Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) / You Won’t See Me / Nowhere Man / Think For Yourself / The Word / Michelle
Side B: What Goes On / Girl / I’m Looking Through You / In My Life / Wait / If I Needed Someone / Run For Your Life

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (5,13) Harrison and (8) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey

Total running time: 34.50

‘Rubber Soul’ is generally accepted as being their first classic album – a real watershed in their career. George Martin recalled that “up until then we’d been making albums rather like a collection of singles. Now we were really beginning to think about albums as a bit of art on their own.” Six of the songs eventually ended up on their greatest hits collection ‘1962-1966’ – the most achieved by any Beatles album.

A quick gander at the lyrics will show you that John and Paul were having women-troubles when they did it. Paul was having trouble keeping Asher in the kitchen, and John was becoming increasingly bored with his wife. There’s no more ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ here. Instead we get ‘You Won’t See Me’ and ‘I’m Looking Through You’, which border on …

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Rubber Soul

‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
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‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
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‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3075
  • Released: 1970

Side 1: Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) / You Won’t See Me / Think For Yourself / I’m Looking Through You / Nowhere Man / Michelle / Wait

Side 2: Drive My Car / If I Needed Someone / What Goes On / Girl / In My Life / The Word / Run For Your Life

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (3,9) Harrison and (10) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Rubber Soul

‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3075
  • Released: 1972

Side 1: Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) / You Won’t See Me / Think For Yourself / I’m Looking Through You / Nowhere Man / Michelle / Wait

Side 2: Drive My Car / If I Needed Someone / What Goes On / Girl / In My Life / The Word / Run For Your Life

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (3,9) Harrison and (10) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey

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UK CD album (Re-release) Rubber Soul

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‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – Parlophone CD label
CD label
  • Label: Parlophone CDP 7 46440 2
  • Released: 30th April 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #60
  • Weeks in chart: 5 – four weeks from 9th May 1987, and one week from 25th April 1998

CD: Drive My Car / Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) / You Won’t See Me / Nowhere Man / Think For Yourself / The Word / Michelle / What Goes On / Girl / I’m Looking Through You / In My Life / Wait / If I Needed Someone / Run For Your Life

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (5,13) Harrison and (8) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey

Total running time: 35.48

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UK remastered CD album Rubber Soul

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‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI/Capitol
  • Released: 4th November 2006

This uses the original American track listing, and was released as part of ‘The Capitol Albums Volume 2’ box-set. The entire set is repeated on the same CD twice – the first time in stereo, and the second time in the original mono.

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UK remastered CD album (Re-release) Rubber Soul

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‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
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‘Rubber Soul’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #10
  • Weeks in chart: 4 – from 13th September 2009

CD: Drive My Car / Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) / You Won’t See Me / Nowhere Man / Think For Yourself / The Word / Michelle / What Goes On / Girl / I’m Looking Through You / In My Life / Wait / If I Needed Someone / Run For Your Life / Rubber Soul Mini-Documentary

Produced by George Martin. Remastered by Guy Massey and Steve Rooke

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (5,13) Harrison and (8) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey

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UK remastered CD album (Re-release) Rubber Soul

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  • Released: 20th January 2014

This was released as part of ‘The US Albums’ box-set. The entire track-listing is repeated on the same CD twice – the first time in stereo, and the second time in the original mono.

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