Friday, April 16, 2010

On my turntable: The Beatles - Rubber Soul (UK version; 1988 Capitol pressing)

In 1988, around the time when The Beatles UK catalog was initially being issued on CD, Capitol issued vinyl versions of the same albums on vinyl for the first time in America.  The label would release the LPs once again in '95 to maximize on the hoopla surrounding Anthology.  These would prove to be the last domestic pressings of the original catalog on vinyl.

This '88 LP of Rubber Soul is truly one of the best that I have ever heard, and that includes the Mobile Fidelity version.  The clarity is stunning, especially the bass, which seems a bit louder than what I'm used to hearing.  It's interesting to me that Capitol chose to use the original UK stereo mix for this pressing rather than the newer, "modernized" George Martin remix that had just been utilized for the '87 CD release.

1 comment:

Bill Wikstom said...

The only vinyl version I own of this wonderful album is the 1978 reissue with the orange 70's Capitol label (SW 2442).
It has a thin UK-like spine with nothing printed on it. I have personally always thought that the US version is more enjoyable, cohesive listening experience that the (still definitive) UK version. The vinyl itself is pretty okay/average (like most mid-late 70's cheap Capitol vinyl).

Sounds fine though, all things considered.