Another record from the Birthday Haul and what a record! In case you have been living under a rock for the last 50+ years, this is the sixth studio album from the four lads that shook the world.
Doesn’t need a big review, there are almost zero bum tracks on this album - Ringo almost spoils it but there is even a charm about his track. What there is on the album are some absolute worldys. No really, some of the all time greatest pop songs in history.
‘Drive My Car’, ‘Norwegian Wood’, ‘Nowhere Man’, ‘Michelle’ and ‘In My Life’ (which is probably one of the best of the best pop songs ever written).
Criticisms? That ‘What Goes On’ with Ringo on lead vocals made it onto the album but ‘Day Tripper’ or ‘We Can Work It Out’ were relegated to a separate release, but I guess that just shows the quality of songs the band were pumping out at the time.
Also, ‘Run For Your Life’ hasn’t aged well lyrically. “You better run for your life if you can, little girl / Hide your head in the sand, little girl / Catch you with another man / That's the end, little girl”. Hmmm…
If you were to tell me that this was your favourite album from The Beatles you would get a nod of approval, nothing wrong with it at all. Is it as good as ‘Revolver’, or ‘Sgt. Pepper’ - the two albums that were release after it in the mid to late 60s? Probably not, but that is down to their quality as opposed to anything lacking on ‘Rubber Soul’.
This is the remastered version which is available everywhere for about £25 across the internet.
Tracks To Try: Any of them.