Sourced from the Original Master Tapes (George Martin's 1986 Stereo Mix) and Cut at Abbey Road Studios by a First-Rate Team of Producers and Engineers: Stringent Procedures and Safeguards Ensure Optimum Sound
Released in 1965, Rubber Soul signified a sea change for the Beatles. The record marked the emergence of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's distinctive identities as songwriters. It featured an original ("Nowhere Man") that went beyond the band's commonplace love themes. And its sound departed from the echo-laden nature of its predecessors, an intentional move that offset it from the multiple bands that had been copying the Beatles' style. Still, Rubber Soul retained a constant: It was yet another watershed collection of pop and rock by a group that redefined the genres as it went along. Part of Capitol/Apple's quintessential Beatles catalog masters series on LP, Rubber Soul has been remastered by a dedicated team of engineers that includes Guy Massey, Steve Rooke, and Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee. Proper care and a painstaking series of steps were taken to ensure that music lovers would hear the Fab Four in all their stereo glory with unprecedented clarity and transparency.
Hence, the definitive aspects of Rubber Soul are enjoyed like never before in stereo. Take George Martin's piano solo on "In My Life," half-speed overdubbed to make it sound like a harpsichord. Does it ever. Or Lennon's pronounced intakes of breath during the choruses to the sweet "Girl." You can practically feel the air moving into his lungs. The inimitable ringing of the sitar on "Norwegian Wood" becomes life-size. The unique tonalities of George Harrison's newly acquired Fender Bassman amplifier are seemingly visceral in appearance. Sonically, Rubber Soul claims a much drier sound, as the band elected to refrain from utilizing echo chambers and minimized the amount of reverb present on its earlier albums. The decision further distinguished the Beatles from their peers. And contributed to the impact of the music.
Acoustically based, Rubber Soul is identified by hard-panned left-to-right channel production, which on this pressing throws the group's instrumentation and vocals into greater relief. With EMI's legendary Abbey Road Studios providing the backdrop, the four-year restoration process combined veteran expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear, and rigorous testing to net what is without doubt the highest fidelity possible and authentic, jaw-dropping sound guaranteed to rival the original LPs. There is no longer any need to pay hundreds of dollars for Japanese pressings.
1. Drive My Car
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
3. You Won't See Me
4. Nowhere Man
5. Think For Yourself
6. The Word
8. What Goes On
10. I'm Looking Through You
11. In My Life
13. If I Needed Someone
14. Run For Your Life