Rubber Soul is the sixth studio album by the English band The Beatles,
released in December 1965. Produced by George Martin, Rubber Soul had
been recorded in just over four weeks to make the Christmas market.
Unlike the five albums that preceded it, Rubber Soul was the first
Beatle album recorded during a specific period without being interrupted
by tour dates.
All of their albums after Rubber Soul (except
Magical Mystery Tour) followed this process. The album was described as a
major artistic achievement, attaining widespread critical and
commercial success, with reviewers taking note of The Beatles'
developing musical vision.
The original UK release shows the
"soul" influence of the album's title. Track list changes to the US
release, including two acoustic songs held over from the previous album,
Help!, gave the US version a folk rock feel that critics attributed to
The Byrds and Bob Dylan.
Rubber Soul is often cited as one of the
greatest albums in pop music history. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted
it the 40th greatest album of all time, while in 2000 the same
publication placed it at number 21 in its list of the 100 Greatest
British Albums Ever. In 2001, VH1 placed it at number 6. In 2003, the
album was ranked number 5 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500
greatest albums of all time. In 2006, the album was chosen by Time
magazine as one of the 100 best albums of all time!...