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Trivia / Rubber Soul

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  • Bad Export for You: Like every album before Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Rubber Soul was subject to editing of its tracklist by American label Capitol Records. They dropped two uptempo songs ("Drive My Car", "What Goes On") and two electric guitar-heavy numbers ("Nowhere Man", "If I Needed Someone"), replacing them with two acoustic guitar-driven songs from the UK Help! album ("It's Only Love", "I've Just Seen a Face"). This positioned Rubber Soul more as a Folk Rock album. This was 1965, so Capitol was really trying to tap into the lucrative folk music scene that was exploding at the time. However, this was the first Beatles album for which Capitol left the British title and artwork intact.
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  • Christmas Rushed: The album was rush-produced for Christmas 1965. However, it is commonly thought of as one of their best works.
  • Creator Breakdown: "Norwegian Wood" is about an one-night-stand that John Lennon had, written in a way as to prevent his wife finding out. Original lyric: "Isn't it good/Knowing she would."
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    • In 1995, George Harrison named this as his favourite Beatles album, adding: "we certainly knew we were making a good album. We did spend more time on it and tried new things. But the most important thing about it was that we were suddenly hearing sounds that we weren't able to hear before."
    • John Lennon named "In My Life" as one of his favourite Beatles songs.
  • Hitless Hit Album: In both the UK and US incarnations, though Capitol Records released "Nowhere Man" as a single after they left it off the US version and it hit the Top 10.
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  • Hostility on the Set: Recording engineer Norman Smith later stated that the studio sessions revealed signs of growing conflict within the group – "the clash between John and Paul was becoming obvious", he wrote, and "as far as Paul was concerned, George could do no right". Smith, who'd done years of engineering for the Beatles, stopped working with them after that.
  • Inspiration for the Work: The drew inspiration from soul music, particularly the singles they heard on US radio that summer, by acts signed to the Motown and Stax record labels, and from the contemporary folk rock of Bob Dylan and The Byrds. They also took influence from The Rolling Stones.
  • Killer App: For rock and roll albums. Prior to Rubber Soul, LPs were the domain of classical music, jazz, original cast recordings and film soundtracks, while pop/rock albums were mainly filler anchored by a few hit singles. Brian Wilson was really impressed with this album, wanting the next Beach Boys album to be just like it, "an album filled with all good stuff." He succeeded.
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  • Old Shame: Lennon came to hate "Run for Your Life", mostly because of the lyrics.
  • Similarly Named Works: The Velvet Underground has another song titled "What Goes On".
  • Throw It In!: The stretched-out photo on the album cover happened by mistake; the photographer was projecting potential cover photos on a piece of cardboard for the Beatles when the cardboard tipped back slightly, giving the elongated image. The Beatles loved it, especially as it worked well with the album title, and asked him to print it that way.


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