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UK Help! Vs. UK Rubber Soul
5 May 2016
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I know this is probably an unpopular opinion, but I think the UK version of Help ! is a better album than the UK version of Rubber Soul .

The USA version of Rubber Soul is another story. I like that album better than the UK version, so it might fare better against UK Help ! I would have to hear them side by side to compare.

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Rubber Soul is great collection of songs to me.  I would normally pick RS over Help ! to just sit down and listen to.  I do, however, enjoy the movie playing along with the Help ! songs.

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5 May 2016
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I would rather listen to Help ! than Rubber Soul . It makes me happier and it has Yesterday which might just be my all time favorite song (but then it also has Dizzy Miss Lizzy , but I usually stop listening after Yesterday anyways).a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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5 May 2016
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I'm a Rubber Soul girl. I mean, I love Help ! too, but Rubber Soul brings back some warm memories from my childhood.


Help ! has some happy wonderful songs too. And I like both versions. The US version for the "Bond" theme complete with sitars that starts the album off.

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Have always said 'Help !' is the ultimate pure pop album, it's such a wholly enjoyable album in which I put on track 1 and am hurled along for 30+ minutes in a whirlwind of sheer thrills, with just enough moments to let you/me catch your breath - even more so than 'A Hard Day's Night ' for me.

'Rubber Soul ' is a very different listening experience which doesn't overwhelm me as much, it never has. Admittedly it wasn't meant to as its more mellow a listen but it doesn't transfix and captivate me as much. There is more to 'Rubber Soul ' tho, tho 'Help !' does have a number of layers to it.

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meanmistermustard said
Have always said 'Help !' is the ultimate pure pop album,

While I agree, Rubber Soul  is arguably John Lennon at his creative peak, and in my opinion, a songwriting spectacle that has rarely been met or exceeded. While the Help ! movie is my favorite Beatles film, and the soundtrack deserves a lot of credit (especially I Need You and You're Gonna Lose That Girl), the excitement on Help ! doesn't beat the genius on Rubber Soul

Its Rubber Soul for me.

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