I was 11 when my brother brought this one home in November of '65, and did it ever clobber me! It branded a musical scar in my brain. My brother could be stingy, but he was quite generous with Beatle albums, and I played this one all the time. Of course I'm talking about the US version, having side A opening with I've Just Seen A Face and side B opening with It's Only Love, both from the UK HELP! album.
Even so, those 2 still fit well to me on RUBBER SOUL. Nowhere Man/What Goes On, Drive My Car and If I Needed Someone were on the YESTERDAY AND TODAY hack job, an oddity now, but I've still got a decent copy. I bought it for my brother for his birthday when it came out in June of '66, not long before REVOLVER. For my recent birthday I just got RUBBER SOUL on CD--I already have fairly mint vinyl copies of both the US & UK version.
So, the Beatles doing some heavy folk rock. Great stuff! It's such a cozy album to me. Some echo can be heard occasionally, especially with headphones, but this seems to be an album with a noticable absence of echo, and to me that was an excellent production idea.
I'll have to say that when I first heard the sitar on Norwegian Wood, I thought, "What the hell is that?", lol. It took some getting used to, but of course I totally dig it. Loved You Won't See Me. The Word is such a great rocker, great lyrics, and Paul is throwing in an occasional funky bass variation that is fun to listen for. John and Paul were bang on with their vocals through out the whole album. Michelle got such heavy rotation by our local radio station that you would have thought it was a single release. As a matter of fact, I thought it was a 45 for the longest time until I realized it wasn't on the '1" album, lol!
It was great that A2 had that early version of I'm Looking Through You--what a metamorphosis that song went through! Our album had a guitar miss-cue left on at the beginning of it, but the dang CD don't have it [:(]. My one complaint about the Anthologies---the book, the CD & video--is that there WASN'T ENOUGH ON RUBBER SOUL!--to suit me. Anyway, the end production of ILTY was just right. In My Life is a beauty, and Martin's keyboard break is voila!
I really liked all the other songs on this too, they were loaded with those great Beatle harmonies. I lean only slightly more towards this album than REVOLVER because it's more acoustic, more organic. REVOLVER's range and experimentations were excellent but not necessarily reproducible--at least back then. The Beatles could have performed RUBBER SOUL unplugged (I WISH!) in a living room and it would have still delivered. Me shuttup now.