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Rubber Soul - Alternate Cover
7 November 2017
James Percival
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In 1979, busily buying up all the Beatles albums, I switched from full price British pressings to much cheaper imports offered by a few shops in the Altrincham area. My copy of Rubber Soul had a totally different cover; it was one of the studio photos from 1965 used on the US album ‘Beatles 65’. The Beatles were each holding an object and I can recall that Paul and Ringo were each holding a large spring! I seem to recall that it was a Spanish pressing, but I didn’t keep it all that long because it was a poor pressing and I soon replaced it with a UK version. I recall swopping it for a 10cc album in 1982. 

I didn’t realise just how rare this record was until I logged onto Discogs and could not find it anywhere. (note – I now own 8 copies of RS on vinyl and CD). Nor did a google image search produce the goods.Joe’s international discography is the best I know on the net, but he lists the Spanish version with the traditional cover. The closest I can find is the Greek version with an alternate cover of the Beatles holding wine glasses.

I know that it existed, so I am really looking for confirmation of its date and country of origin, and if anyone else has such a copy. It could have been a bootleg I suppose, but all the other imports were legit (for the record my copy of PPM was a Dutch pressing with a 25th anniversary of LPs note along the side; and I still have my Dutch import of Yellow Sub which is an excellent pressing).

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Wow! I’ve never heard of this. I was able to find pictures of them holding springs, but no reference to them ever being used as record covers.


picture #1 and picture #2, of them holding springs. Never seen them before. Pretty cool.


I’m wondering if you somehow got some bootleg version of Rubber Soul .

8 June 2018
James Percival
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I think I have solved this one. I went through the list on Discogs and found that the Italian version of Rubber Soul has the ‘springs’ picture on the back cover. When I saw photos of the sleeve, and recalled the blue Parlophone label, I realised it was a case of false memory syndrome. 

So, Italian import in 1979, and probably not all that rare (although I wish I had kept hold of it).

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