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The Beatles 12/3/1965

Review

While the Beatles still largely stuck to love songs on Rubber Soul, the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds. The group and George Martin were also beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group, using a sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," Greek-like guitar lines on "Michelle" and "Girl," fuzz bass on "Think for Yourself," and a piano made to sound like a harpsichord on the instrumental break of "In My Life." While John and Paul were beginning to carve separate songwriting identities at this point, the album is full of great tunes, from "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Michelle" to "Girl," "I'm Looking Through You," "You Won't See Me," "Drive My Car," and "Nowhere Man" (the last of which was the first Beatles song to move beyond romantic themes entirely). George Harrison was also developing into a fine songwriter with his two contributions, "Think for Yourself" and the Byrds-ish "If I Needed Someone." ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Drive My Car The Beatles 2:24
  3. 2 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) The Beatles 2:2
  4. 3 You Won't See Me The Beatles 3:16
  5. 4 Nowhere Man The Beatles 2:41
  6. 5 Think for Yourself The Beatles 2:16
  7. 6 The Word The Beatles 2:39
  8. 7 Michelle The Beatles 2:39
  9. 8 What Goes On The Beatles 2:46
  10. 9 Girl The Beatles 2:27
  11. 10 I'm Looking Through You The Beatles 2:22
  12. 11 In My Life The Beatles 2:24
  13. 12 Wait The Beatles 2:12
  14. 13 If I Needed Someone The Beatles 2:20
  15. 14 Run for Your Life The Beatles 2:16

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