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The Beatles Rubber Soul (Viera Vault Review Episode 26)

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Ralph Viera (Dr.Fukk) from the band Thrash Or Die(http://www.facebook.com/thrashordie.fl) reviews Rubber Soul. The sixth studio album by English rock group the Beatles. Released on 3 December 1965, it was produced by George Martin and recorded in just over four weeks to make the Christmas market. Unlike the five albums that preceded it, Rubber Soul was recorded during a continuous period, whereas the group had previously recorded albums during breaks in between tour dates or other projects. After this, Beatles albums would be made without the burden of other commitments, except for the production of short promotional films. Rubber Soul is a folk rock album that incorporates pop and soul music styles. The album is regarded by musicologists as a major artistic achievement that continued the Beatles' artistic maturation while attaining widespread critical and commercial success. It was the second Beatles album -- after the British A Hard Day's Night album -- to contain only original material; the Beatles would record no more cover songs for their records until 1969, with the "Maggie Mae" excerpt appearing on the Let It Be album. Rubber Soul is regarded as one of the greatest albums in popular music history. In 2012, Rubber Soul was ranked number five on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2013, after the British Phonographic Industry changed their sales award rules, the album was declared as having gone platinum. 1. "Drive My Car" McCartney with Lennon 2:25 2. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" Lennon with McCartney 2:01 3. "You Won't See Me" McCartney 3:18 4. "Nowhere Man" Lennon with McCartney and Harrison 2:40 5. "Think for Yourself" (George Harrison) Harrison 2:16 6. "The Word" Lennon and McCartney with Harrison 2:41 7. "Michelle" McCartney 2:33 Side two No. Title Lead vocals Length 1. "What Goes On" (Lennon--McCartney--Richard Starkey) Starr 2:47 2. "Girl" Lennon 2:30 3. "I'm Looking Through You" McCartney 2:23 4. "In My Life" Lennon and McCartney 2:24 5. "Wait" Lennon and McCartney 2:12 6. "If I Needed Someone" (Harrison) Harrison 2:20 7. "Run for Your Life" Lennon 2:18 Virtually all of the album's songs were composed immediately after the Beatles return to London following their North American tour. The Beatles broadened their sound on the album, with influences drawn from soul music, the contemporary folk-rock of Bob Dylan and The Byrds,and the vocal harmony pop of The Beach Boys. The album also saw the Beatles expanding rock and roll's instrumental resources, most notably on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" through George Harrison's use of the Indian sitar. He had been introduced to it via the instrumental score for their 1965 film Help!. Although The Kinks had incorporated droning guitars to mimic the sitar after a visit to India on "See My Friends", "Norwegian Wood" is generally credited as sparking off a musical craze for the sound of the novel instrument in the mid-1960s—a trend which would later branch out into the raga rock and Indian rock genres.The song is now acknowledged as one of the cornerstones of what is now usually called "world music" and it was a major landmark in the trend towards incorporating non-Western musical influences into Western popular music. Harrison's interest was fuelled by fellow Indian music fan David Crosby of the Byrds, whom Harrison met and befriended in August 1965. Harrison would eventually be transfixed by all things Indian, taking sitar lessons from renowned Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. French-like guitar lines on "Michelle" and Greek-influenced ones on "Girl", fuzz bass on "Think for Yourself," and a piano made to sound like a baroque harpsichord on the instrumental bridge of "In My Life" added to the exotic brushstrokes to the album. Ringo Starr had frequently augmented Beatles tracks with standard percussion instruments such as maracas or tambourin...