The Beatles Rubber Soul on 180g Mono LP
Audiophiles Get Their Wish: Rubber Soul Cut from the Original 1/4-Inch Analog Master Tapes and Pressed at Optimal on a Dead-Quiet LP
NO DIGITAL USED IN MASTERING CHAIN: Working at Abbey Road, Engineers
Magee and Berkowitz Used Same Techniques Employed in 1960s for
This Extraordinary Mono Pressing is the Definitive Analog Version of This Legendary Album
Beatles remastering engineers saved the best for last. Cut from the original 1/4-inch analog master tapes and pressed at Optimal in Germany on a dead-quiet 180g LP, The Beatles' Rubber Soul is made by and for audiophiles. More collectable than its
stereo and digital processors, and featuring utterly
transparent-to-the-source sound, it is completely different than its
stereo analog counterpart by way of the all-analog cutting process and
audiophile-focused manufacturing. Purists rejoice: NO DIGITAL is involved in any part of the chain. This pressing presents the band as it was meant to be heard, in spectacular mono sound.
Mastered from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by
Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering
supervisor Steve Berkowitz, Rubber Soul exemplifies sonic
transparency and analog purity. While the recent stereo LP and CDs
were created from digital remasters, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records
for the Rubber Soul LP employing the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by
the original albums and detailed transfer notes made by the original
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of the Beatles’ albums were initially cut,
the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously
comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made
in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back
the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
Released in 1965, Rubber Soul signified a sea change for the Beatles. The record marked the emergence of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s distinctive identities as songwriters.
It featured an original (“Nowhere Man”) that went beyond the band’s
commonplace love themes. And its sound departed from the echo-laden
nature of its predecessors, an intentional move that offset it from the
multiple bands that had been copying the Beatles’ style. Still, Rubber Soul retained
a constant: It was yet another watershed collection of pop and rock by a
group that redefined the genres as it went along.
Hence, the unique sonic aspects of Rubber Soul are enjoyed like never before. Take George Martin’s piano solo on “In My Life,” half-speed overdubbed to make it sound like a harpsichord. Does it ever. Or Lennon’s pronounced intakes of breath during the choruses to the sweet “Girl.” You can practically feel the air moving into his lungs. The inimitable ringing of the sitar on “Norwegian Wood” becomes life-size. The unique tonalities of George Harrison’s newly acquired Fender Bassman amplifier are seemingly visceral in appearance.
Sonically, Rubber Soul claims a much drier sound, as the band
elected to refrain from utilizing echo chambers and minimized the amount
of reverb present on its earlier albums. The decision further distinguished the Beatles from their peers. And contributed to the impact of the music. Acoustically based, Rubber Soul
is identified by hard-panned left-to-right channel production, which on
this definitive pressing throws the group’s instrumentation and vocals into
Audiophiles, you finally get what you've been requesting: Rubber Soul the way it is supposed to be experienced in analog. Enjoy.
The Beatles Rubber Soul Track Listing:
1. Drive My Car
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
3. You Won't See Me
4. Nowhere Man
5. Think For Yourself
6. The Word
8. What Goes On
10. I'm Looking Through You
11. In My Life
13. If I Needed Someone
14. Run For Your Life