BEATLES ALBUM INFORMATION & BRIEF DESCRIPTION
| Date LP Released:
|| December 3, 1965 |
| Dates LP Recorded:
|| June 17, Oct. 12 to Nov. 15, 1965 |
| Studio Recorded:
|| EMI Studios, London UK |
| Record Label:
|| Capitol Records |
| Album Producer(s):
|| George Martin |
| Album Total Length:
|| 35:50 |
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Brief Album Description:
In the United States, Rubber Soul was the tenth album by the group and their first to consist entirely of original
songs. It was released on 6 December 1965 by Capitol, in both the mono and stereo formats. Often referred to as a
folk rock album, Rubber Soul incorporates a mix of pop, soul and folk musical styles. For this release, four tracks
were removed from the British LP's running order and set aside for the Beatles' next American album, Yesterday and Today:
"Drive My Car", "Nowhere Man", "What Goes On" and "If I Needed Someone". These were replaced with two tracks from the UK
Help! album: "I've Just Seen a Face" and "It's Only Love". The total time was 28:55, nearly seven minutes shorter than the
British version. Through the mix of predominantly acoustic-based songs from the two releases, according to author Kenneth
Womack, Capitol's Rubber Soul "takes on a decidedly folk-ish orientation". Capitol sequenced "I've Just Seen a Face" as the
opening track – an act that Ian MacDonald cites as the record company "conspiring" to present Rubber Soul as a folk-rock album.
Author Jonathan Gould writes that the omission of songs such as "Drive My Car" provided a "misleading idea" of the Beatles'
musical direction and "turned the album title into an even more obscure joke", since the result was the band's least soul-
or R&B-influenced album up to this point. The stereo mixes used by Capitol contained two false starts at the beginning
of "I'm Looking Through You", while "The Word" also differed from the UK version due to the addition of an extra falsetto
harmony and the panning treatment given to one of the percussion parts over the song's instrumental break.