‘Rubber Soul’ and the Beatles’ Maturation: Breakfast With The Beatles Roundtable
For the first half of the 1960s, The Beatles were a sensational pop group that cranked out insanely catchy singles – but not much more than that. With 1965’s Rubber Soul, the Fab Four began to expand their sound and bring a whole new level of artistry to their own music, and rock & roll as a genre.
Much of the album is folk-oriented and draws influences from a diverse range of styles, most notably in “Norwegian Wood”. George Harrison incorporated the sitar in that song, and started a whole craze about the instrument in the process.
Chachi Loprete, Kevin Quinn and Mike Pelosi discuss the album and how the perception of the Beatles changed for the better after it came out. There’s also a funny story about Paul McCartney’s gleeful reaction to the album’s skewed cover, which began as an accident but actually illustrated the idea of its music better than they thought.
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