The Paul McCartney Project

Rubber Soul (UK Stereo)

By The BeatlesOfficial album• Part of the collection “The Beatles • The original UK LPs

Timeline See what happened in 1965
UK release date:
Dec 03, 1965
Publisher:
Parlophone
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Drive My Car

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:25 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Cowbell, Drums
John Lennon:
Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison:
Guitar, Harmony vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 13, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 26, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

Norwegian Wood (The Bird Has Flown)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:01 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Bass drum, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
12-string acoustic guitar, Sitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 12, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 21, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 26, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

You Won't See Me

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:18 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar, Tambourine
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Mal Evans:
Hammond organ

Session Recording:
Nov 11, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


4.

Nowhere Man

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:40 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Lead guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 21, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 22, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 26, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


5.

Think For Yourself

Written by George Harrison

2:16 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Harmony vocals, Tambourine, Vox continental organ
George Harrison:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 08, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Nov 09, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 65, Abbey Road


6.

The Word

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:41 • Studio versionC • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Harmonium, Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 10, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


7.

Michelle

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:40 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
12-string acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 03, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 09, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 65, Abbey Road


8.

What Goes On

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

2:47 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Vocals
John Lennon:
Harmony vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 04, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 09, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 65, Abbey Road


9.

Girl

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:30 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic 12-string guitar, Backing vocals, Lead acoustic guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 11, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 65, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


10.

I'm Looking Through You

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:23 • Studio versionB1 • Stereo • Untrimmed version of [B]

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Organ, Percussion
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Guitar, Tambourine
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 10, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Nov 11, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


11.

In My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:24 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Piano, Producer, Tambourine
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 22, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 26, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


12.

Wait

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:12 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison:
Guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Nov 11, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Nov 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


13.

If I Needed Someone

Written by George Harrison

2:20 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Harmony vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
12-string electric guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 16, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 26, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


14.

Run For Your Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:18 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 12, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 10, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 65, Abbey Road

About

See Rubber Soul (Mono)

From Wikipedia:

[…] Until very late in their career, the “primary” version of the Beatles’ albums was always the monophonic mix. According to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, Martin and the Abbey Road engineers devoted most of their time and attention to the mono mixdowns, and the band were not usually present for the stereo mixing sessions. Even with their landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, the stereo mixdowns were considered less important than the mono version and were completed in far less time.While the stereo version of the original release of Rubber Soul was similar to that of their earliest albums, featuring mainly vocals on the right channel and instruments on the left, it was not produced in the same manner. The early albums were recorded on twin-track tape, and they were intended only for production of monaural records, so they kept vocals and instruments separated allowing the two parts to later be mixed in proper proportion. By this time, however, the Beatles were recording on four-track tape, which allowed a stereo master to be produced with vocals in the centre and instruments on both sides, as evidenced in their prior albums Beatles for Sale and Help!. Looking for a way to easily produce a stereo album which sounded good on a monaural record player, Martin mixed down the four-track master tape to stereo with vocals on the right, instruments on the left, and nothing in the middle, even though in “What Goes On“, Starr’s vocal is mixed on the left instead of the right, with Lennon and McCartney’s harmony vocals on the right, while on “Think for Yourself” Harrison’s double-tracked lead vocal is split between the two channels. […]

Paul McCartney, in MOJO, July 2004:

During the making of Rubber Soul, were you all aware that the music was taking such a dramatic shift?

Not as much. People say now: ‘’Oh, The Beatles were breaking all the rules.’’ But we didn’t know what the rules were. We had no knowledge whatsoever of musical theory. We just did what felt right. The Beatles were always looking forward. Our new album was never nostalgic for the one we’d last made. I think the Stones were different. At certain points, they seemed to be paying too much attention to what we were doing. Like Satanic Majesties, that was like their direct answer to Pepper. In that way, they took their lead from us. But we were just doing our own thing. It wasn’t that we set out to make ground-breaking albums. The reason those records were so musically diverse was that we all had very diverse tastes. Also, we’d served our apprenticeship in Hamburg where businessmen would come into the club and say, ‘’Can you play a mambo? Can you do a rhumba?’’ and we could just keep saying no, you know, so we had to learn these different styles.

John once said that Rubber Soul was the pot album and Revolver was the acid album. Would you agree with that?

That’s true in as much as those were the drugs that were going on at the time. But neither of those albums were actually recorded under the influence. It was only on Pepper that we started to use stuff in the studio. On the earlier albums, we’d have been using those drugs socially so, in that sense, the drugs informed what we did. A song like ‘’Got to Get You Into My Life’’, that directly about pot, although everyone missed it at the time. ‘’Day Tripper’’, that’s one about acid. ‘’Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’’, that’s pretty obvious. But y’know, it’s easy to overestimate the influence of drugs on The Beatles’ music. Drugs were part of the picture. Just about everyone was doing them in one form or another. We were no different. But the writing was too important for us to mess it up by getting off our heads all the time. It was just easier to write when we were straight and seemly. When we were making the Help! film, we might have sneaked off into the bushes for a quick smoke, and we could handle that. But we could never have written all those songs if we were always stoned.

Last updated on March 19, 2017


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