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Rubber Soul
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Happy birthday, Rubber Soul !

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The first album after the Beatles started experimenting with drugs. I particularly love Girl, Think For Yourself and Michelle on this album,plus it has my mum's favourite Beatles track on it (Norwegian Wood ). 

Happy birthday Rubber Soul  a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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I still remember exactly, how I fell in love with that album. At the beginning, it wasn't among my favourites because it was neither as psychedelic as the following albums and nor as energetic as the very early albums. Then, one day, I saw a documentary about Pet Sounds and it was said that Brian Wilson was inspired to do Pet Sounds by Rubber Soul . My past foolish self couldn't really believe why it was Rubber Soul out of all albums (how it hurts to write this words today) and then in the documentary, the first twenty seconds of Nowhere Man were played - and my bloody mind was blown! It was like an epiphany. For about an hour everything that had been played in the documentary had consisted of early surf songs by the Beach Boys and when, as a contrast, Nowhere Man 's acapella beginning came along, it felt so new, so daring, so magical! For a moment, I understood what it must have been like in the sixties, when one didn't see the Beatles' music in the context of music history of the 20th/21th century but rather as a new and exciting adventure.

Suddenly, I could totally understand Brian Wilson's fascination. In juxtaposition to the lyrics, Nowhere Man seemed to open the doors to endless opportunities in the future of rock music. I don't even know what it is exactly that's so special about this song, there's nothing about this song which hasn't been there before but, when I heard it in the documentary, I felt a rush of magic in my veins and, romantic as I am, I like to believe that Brian Wilson felt something similar too, when he first heard it.

After that epiphany, I got a severe case of Rubber Soul addiction for a few weeks and to this day it's one of my favourite albums and Nowhere Man one of my favourite Beatles songs.

With that being said: Happy Birthday , Rubber Soul !heart

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Not once does the diversity seem forced -- the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian "When I'm 64" seems like a logical extension of "Within You Without You" and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of "Lovely Rita. - Stephen T. Erlewine on Sgt Pepper's

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Rubber Soul does seem to be the first album where the classic Beatles transmogrified into something else.  In some ways perhaps it could be seen to be a "bridge" between the two species of Beatles; but in other ways it represents the first instance of the amazing leap they made.  There's something uncanny about how relatively quickly the Beatles made this transformation; it's almost tempting to say it can't be explained in any terms other than "supernatural".

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Rubber Soul used to be my favorite album because of the harmonies. That’s why I love Brian Wilson’s music too. 

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@Pineapple Records said
There's something uncanny about how relatively quickly the Beatles made this transformation; it's almost tempting to say it can't be explained in any terms other than "supernatural".  

They sold their souls to make this album, hence the title. a-hard-days-night-george-4

Or maybe it means that the soul of their music is flexible, like rubber, and need not stay to the same shape, so have a listen to this amazing album that's like nothing you've heard before...

Either way, this album will always be a favourite of mine, very close second or third after Revolver . It's just a solid piece of work, and has this wonderfully warm, dark, woodsy atmosphere to it, with a faint whiff of marijuana. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I often hear people say they first hear a funk groove in Taxman , but I hear that even earlier in The Word . The guitar groove combined with the more zany drum line makes for a real groovy backbeat. 

Even though I now cherish it even more than I used to for its influence, innovations, and nuances, what makes it so universal is its merit as an album in terms of songwriting. Perhaps no album ever reaches genius on that level in terms of pure songwriting. No gimicks, very few standout instrumental breaks (although there are some great ones), and rather basic arrangements. 

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I love the cover,the way 3 of them are looking away from the camera,but John thinks 'fuck that, I'm going to be different, and look right into it'. 

Classic Lennon a-hard-days-night-john-1

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I find it quite cool that on the first song they record for this album, which started the Beatles major creative period, there is a heavy and deep reference to the day John met Paul way back in 1957 - John taking "I'd rather see you little girl" from 'Baby, Let's Play House' for the opening lines of 'Run For Your Life '. 

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Elvis's cover was quite a foot-tapper

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I prefer Buddy's. 

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The original is no slouch either:

Say what you will about 'Run For Your Life '. I think it's cool that John never stopped being an Elvis fan, just as Elvis never stopped being a fan of Southern Blues and Gospel. RFYL is only a small part of the magic - the varying styles that make up Rubber Soul .

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@Zig -- "I think it's cool that John never stopped being an Elvis fan"

Didn't John once quip that "Rock & Roll died when Elvis joined the Army"...?

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He said that Elvis died when he joined the army, not rock and roll. 

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“Elvis died the day he went into the army.”
John Lennon

Regardless of how it was said, the focus should be on what was being said. 

John never stopped being a fan of what he referred to as "Elvis' early period". When John was a teenager, Elvis knocked him out. Not just the man or the music...it was the whole enchilada. 1950's Elvis had an edge, was a bit of a rebel, and sang straight forward rock and roll - he was The King. Elvis was not the same when he left the army.

From Wiki:

During his service, Presley's life was affected in many ways, beginning with the death of his mother. Not long before he was to be stationed in Germany, Gladys Presley died of a heart attack brought on by acute hepatitis and cirrhosis at age 46. When he was stationed in West Germany, he met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu and became dependent on stimulants and barbiturates. This unhealthy addiction eventually led to his divorce, and ultimately his death at age 42 in 1977.

After his release from military service, Presley found a new fan base among an older age group, thanks in part to his army career and releases of ballads over rock and roll songs.

The edge softened, the rebel was gone. To John, his image of Elvis died. However, his fandom of Elvis's early period never wavered. He spoke of it often. Writing a song in 1965, that is based on a line from what he considered an Elvis song, speaks to that as well. 

There were various styles of songs on Rubber Soul . A toe-tapping rhythm & blues number like 'Run For Your Life ' fits in very well.

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I don't think a 6 minute blues instrumental fits on a folky pop rock album.

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The real Rubber Soul is the one that the Beatles released in England in 1965. Period. 

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Your three periods in a row look like ellipses 

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15 songs on a Beatles LP? No thank you

Particularly when one of them is What Goes On a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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