‘Rubber Soul’ Turns 50

The Dec. 7 edition of The Devo Rock Show will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Rubber Soul — the landmark Beatles album that was recorded over a four-week period in an effort for it to be out in time for Christmas 1965.RUBBER_SOUL

The program airs 9 a.m.-noon and will feature rare recordings, alternate mixes and alternate takes done at Abby Road Studios in London.

There will also be tracks which only appeared on the North American version of the album which came out on Dec. 6 — three days after the U.K. release. This version was seven minutes shorter and had four tracks taken off (”Drive My Car,” “If I Needed Someone,” “Nowhere Man” and “What Goes On”) — they would ultimately appear on the next North American release, Yesterday And Today in June 1966.

Music journalist Marc Myers, who runs the premier jazz website, JazzWax, wrote in-depth piece about the two versions of the Beatles masterpiecere in The Wall Street Journal.

Released on Dec. 3, 1965, the album was the sixth studio effort by the Fab Four and the follow-up to their successful soundtrack for the movie “Help.” Beginning on Christmas Day, it started a 59-week run on the Billboard album chart, hitting No. 1 on Jan. 8, 1966, where it would remain for six weeks.

Oddly, the tracks “Day Tripper” and “We Can Work It Out” were recorded during the sessions that ran continuously from Oct. 12-Nov. 15, but left off the album, instead appearing as the group’s first double A-sided single. The album reportedly had a profound impact on Brian Wilson who said it greatly influenced the Beach Boys’ masterpiece Pet Sounds which came out in May 1966.

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