7 November 2017
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).
The following people thank James Percival for this post:QuarryMan, AvecPaix, SgtPeppersBulldog
12 April 2017
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.
I'm wondering if you somehow got some bootleg version of Rubber Soul .
7 November 2017
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).