Contact Us

48 Years Ago: The Beatles Finish ‘Rubber Soul’

Capitol Records

On Nov. 11, 1965, the Beatles convened to finish recording their sixth album, ‘Rubber Soul.’ Entering the studio at around 6PM, they realized they were a couple songs short of the 14 tracks slotted for the new record. Believe it or not, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were having trouble writing enough material for the album. So they “tossed off” a few new songs and resurrected a cast-off from the ‘Help!’ sessions. 

In total, four songs received the Beatles’ attention that day. ‘You Won’t See Me,’ a McCartney composition, kicked off the evening and was finished in two takes, followed by Lennon’s ‘Girl,’ a sardonic ballad anchored by his heaving sigh of resignation in the chorus.

Still short one song, they turned to a track that didn’t make the cut for their previous album, ‘Help!’ ‘Wait’ still needed a few guitar parts and backing vocals added, along with some tambourine and maracas. Finally, the group returned to ‘I’m Looking Through You’ for a few additional overdubs. Thirteen hours after starting, the Fab Four departed, and producer George Martin would mix the album for mono and stereo a few days later. On Dec. 3, ‘Rubber Soul’ was in U.K. record shops.

The LP marked the first time the Beatles would focus exclusively on recording new material for such a lengthy stretch of time. Previous albums and singles had been shambled together out of stolen session days between touring, promotional appearances and endless travel. For ‘Rubber Soul,’ the Beatles spent an unprecedented four weeks in the studio, starting on Oct. 18. From this album forward, they would transition into the quintessential studio band, eliminating their grueling touring schedule and honing their craft at Abbey Road with Martin at the boards.

Not only did ‘Rubber Soul’ inspire the Beatles to new heights, it also made a major impact on another studio auteur – Brian Wilson. After hearing the album, Wilson was stunned at its consistent quality; rather than a collection of singles surrounded by filler, ‘Rubber Soul’ was one of the first truly complete albums, an exceptional listening experience from start to finish, approached by the band as a single artistic unit. It inspired Wilson to attempt his own album-length work: Released the following year, ‘Pet Sounds’ raised the bar considerably higher for pop music and challenged the Beatles to push their own game on 1966′s ‘Revolver,’ especially ‘Here, There and Everywhere,’ which McCartney said was inspired by the Beach Boys and ‘Pet Sounds.’

In the annals of rock music’s shots heard around the world, ‘Rubber Soul’ is one of the loudest. It initiated a new phase of the Beatles’ career and heralded a golden age of ’60s artists pushing the boundaries of songwriting craft and studio wizardry.

Next: Top 10 Beatles Albums

More From Q107

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://q1077.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on CLASSIC ROCK Q107 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on CLASSIC ROCK Q107 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!