US album release: Rubber Soul

Three days after its UK release, Capitol Records issued The Beatles' Rubber Soul album in the US.

Rubber Soul - The Beatles

It was considerably different from how The Beatles had intended it to sound, however, as Capitol reconfigured its tracklisting to create a 'folk rock' album to please the US market. They added I've Just Seen A Face and It's Only Love from Help!, and omitted Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, What Goes On and If I Needed Someone.

Additionally, the stereo mix sent from England to the US had a false start at the beginning of I'm Looking Through You; this version can be heard on the box set The Capitol Albums Vol. 2, which also contains minor variations in The Word.

Rubber Soul was a huge hit with the American public, spending 59 weeks in the charts from 25 December 1965. It topped the chart on 8 January 1966, and sold 1.2 million copies in its first nine days on sale.

US single release: Woman by Peter And Gordon
UK EP release: The Beatles' Million Sellers

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