Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rubber Soul Gets The Capitol Treatment

Capitol records released it's next Beatles' LP for Canada and USA with all new material ( up to this point ). The title of the LP was "Rubber Soul", the first time that both the UK and Canada/US titles were actually the same (not counting the movie soundtracks). Another first was that the front cover of both the UK and Canada/US versions were the same with one exception: the colour of the album title wording on the front cover: The UK colour is rust and the Canada/US colour is brown.

Incredibly, the back covers for both version is also the same. Both versions have the exact same black and white photos in the same order. The Canada/US version has the artists' title above the photos while the UK version does not. The album title logo is shown on the left side of the tracklist box while the Canada/US version had the logo centered. The production/photography credits exists withi the tracklisting box on the UK version but are added to the lower left and right of the back cover on the Canada/US version. The Capitol logo on the Canada/US version is in the upper right hand side of the back cover for mono copies and the logo is on the left with stereo blurbs for the stereo copies.

The release date for "Rubber Soul" is as follows: The US formats were released on December 06 1965 and three days later for Canada on December 09 1965. The catalogue number for this LP is

Capitol T-2442 for the mono LP and Capitol ST-2442 for the stereo version.

The label for this LP was originally released on the classic black background with rainbow rim and blue or white print running above the perimeter of the rainbow on the labels. Some original copies credit the artist as "John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr" while other original copies are corrected to "The Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr". Canadian (mono) copies feature either the RCA or Compo label ring while stereo copies only feature the Compo ring.

The content of the LP for Canada/US contain the following: Side one opens with "I've Just Seen A Face" (from the UK LP "Help!" side two, track five), "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", "You Won't See Me", "Think For Yourself", "The Word" and "Michelle". (from the UK LP "Rubber Soul" side one, tracks 2,3,5,6 and 7 respectively). Side two opens with "It's Only Love" (from the UK LP "Help!" side two, track two), "Girl", "I'm Looking Through You", "In My Life", "Wait" and finally "Run For Your Life" (from the UK LP "Rubber Soul" side two, tracks 2,3,4, 5 and 7 respectively).

On the stereo versions of this Canada/US LP, the song "I'm Looking Through You" contains a false start which is not available on the mono LPs.

Inner sleeves for the US version of the LP were originally olive green with mini black and white album cover photos (including "Beatles '65" and "The Early Beatles"). Inner sleeves for the Canadian version of the LP were originally the red/white Capitol/Pathe sleeves.

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