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Rate the Tracks ! - The Beatles - Rubber Soul

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by WalterHale3, Jan 14, 2021 at 3:18 AM.

  1. WalterHale3

    WalterHale3 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Green River
    On a scale of 1-10, 10 being EXCELLENT, what would be your ratings for Rubber Soul album by the Beatles?

    Mine is :

    Drive My Car 9/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 8/10
    You Won't See Me 9/10
    Nowhere Man 9/10
    Think For Yourself 7/10
    The Word 9/10
    Michelle 10/10
    What Goes On 7/10
    Girl 9/10
    I'm Looking Through You 10/10
    In My Life 10/10
    Wait 7/10
    If I Needed Someone 9/10
    Run For Your Life 8/10
     
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  2. nowyouknow

    nowyouknow Music addict

    Location:
    Nice - France
    Drive My Car 9/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 9/10
    You Won't See Me 7,5/10
    Nowhere Man 9/10
    Think For Yourself 7/10
    The Word 7,5/10
    Michelle 8/10
    What Goes On 3/10
    Girl 9/10
    I'm Looking Through You 7,5/10
    In My Life 9,5/10
    Wait 7/10
    If I Needed Someone 7/10
    Run For Your Life 7,5/10
     
  3. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Tea-sipping bad boy!

    Drive My Car 9/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 10/10
    You Won't See Me 9/10
    Nowhere Man 10/10
    Think For Yourself 9/10
    The Word 9/10
    Michelle 9/10
    What Goes On 4/10
    Girl 9/10
    I'm Looking Through You 10/10
    In My Life 10/10
    Wait 8/10
    If I Needed Someone 9/10
    Run For Your Life 7/10
     
  4. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Scranton, PA
    I could put numbers but I'd rather rank them.

    Girl
    Nowhere Man
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    In My Life
    If I Needed Someone
    Michelle
    The Word
    Drive My Car
    Think for Yourself
    I'm Looking Through You
    You Won't See Me
    Wait
    What Goes On
    Run for Your Life
     
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  5. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 My Favourite Parks Are Car Parks

    Drive My Car 9/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 10/10
    You Won't See Me 10/10
    Nowhere Man 10/10
    Think For Yourself 9/10
    The Word 9/10
    Michelle 9/10
    What Goes On 3/10
    Girl 10/10
    I'm Looking Through You 8/10
    In My Life 11/10
    Wait 8/10
    If I Needed Someone 9/10
    Run For Your Life 8/10
     
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  6. Bern

    Bern JC4Me

    Location:
    Michigan
    10's ...Nowhere Man ... In My Life...Michelle...Norwegian Wood
    9's...... Drive My Car...Girl....If I Needed Someone....Think For Yourself....I'm Looking Through You
    8's.. What Goes On....
    7's.....Run For Your Life....The Word...You Won't See Me

    5..........Wait
     
  7. intv7

    intv7 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston, MA, USA
    Drive My Car 10/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 10/10
    You Won't See Me 10/10
    Nowhere Man 10/10
    Think For Yourself 9/10
    The Word 10/10
    Michelle 10/10
    What Goes On 8/10
    Girl 10/10
    I'm Looking Through You 10/10
    In My Life 10/10
    Wait 9/10
    If I Needed Someone 10/10
    Run For Your Life 8/10

    Holy crap, that's a pretty good album. :agree:
     
  8. Revolution9

    Revolution9 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Sheffield England
    Drive My Car 9/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 9/10
    You Won't See Me 8.5/10
    Nowhere Man 8/10
    Think For Yourself 8.5/10
    The Word 9/10
    Michelle 10/10
    What Goes On 5/10
    Girl 9/10
    I'm Looking Through You 10/10
    In My Life 10/10
    Wait 9/10
    If I Needed Someone 10/10
    Run For Your Life 7/10
     
  9. Paper Shark

    Paper Shark Forum Resident

    Location:
    NJ, USA
    Drive My Car 7/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 9/10
    You Won't See Me 7/10
    Nowhere Man 9/10
    Think For Yourself 8/10
    The Word 5/10
    Michelle 8/10
    What Goes On 4/10
    Girl 7/10
    I'm Looking Through You 10/10
    In My Life 9/10
    Wait 8/10
    If I Needed Someone 9/10
    Run For Your Life 8/10
     
  10. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    Norwegian Wood 10/10, the only one from that album for (it's all about) me

    the only time they gave equal share to MacLen's harmony on the chorus, why didn't they bother to do this again?

    Wish i could distinguish Paul more on his harmony, he is drowned out by his nasal and arch-nasal colleagues on nearly every harmony :(

    the rest? a few up there, a few clunkers
     
  11. Trixmay 988

    Trixmay 988 Demere's Dreams

    Location:
    Perth, Australia
    I'm not hearing any nasally qualities.
     
  12. Trixmay 988

    Trixmay 988 Demere's Dreams

    Location:
    Perth, Australia
    Rubber Soul - 10/10: What can I say? One of my favourite albums.

    Drive My Car: 10/10 - It makes no grandiose statement, but it's still one of my favourite songs... ever. It grooves like few things I've heard, and every part is perfect. The bass, the riff, the vocals, the drums... perfection.

    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown): 9/10 - It's very short and there is no good mix of it. Otherwise, a 10/10. Paul's bass perfectly accentuates the rhythm, the sitar is stunning, the lyrics wholly original and the melody is gorgeous. Folk gold. For the longest time this was a top 5 Beatles song for me, and my favourite on the album.

    You Won't See Me: 9/10 - Paul was at the top of his game on Rubber Soul. I think it easily has his best album contributions. Here's a good example of why.

    Nowhere Man: 8.5/10 - I've never cared for this quite as much as others. Not an overly interesting melody in comparison to other Beatles songs, and the guitar's too bright for my liking. The arrangement isn't overly interesting either. Still, decent lyrics and I'd kill to write a melody this good.

    Think For Yourself: 10/10 - Great lyrics, fantastic melody, brilliant vocals and harmonies and an awesome fuzz bass. Sometimes this song gets dismissed and I have no idea why. I think it's superb.

    The Word: 10/10 - Also gets dismissed from time to time and I don't get it. The lyrics are great and foreshadow the statement of the era that would be honed in in 1967. It's similar to Drive My Car in that everyone is adding perfectly to the song and that it grooves like few songs.

    Michelle: 10/10 - Beautiful production, vocals, bass, melody and lyrics. Just gold.

    What Goes On: 8.5/10 - It stands out strangely among the pack, but it's still a very solid song. Harmonies and production on point, with some neat guitar.

    Girl: 10/10 - One of my favourite Beatles songs. Atmospheric and melancholic with some hidden details you can notice if you listen closely. Absolutely timeless.

    I'm Looking Through You: 9/10 - There's always been something really special about this song to me, even as a kid. Just the way it makes me feel is really unique and I've never been able to figure out why. I can say, though, that I can't imagine anyone other than McCartney singing this. It was made for his voice and it's stunning.

    In My Life: 10/10 - A nostalgic and reflective piece of touching balladry. Incredible.

    Wait: 9/10 - It may have been leftovers from Help! but it doesn't sound like it and it belongs neatly in this much better album. I like Paul's obvious accent on the bridges.

    If I Needed Someone: 8.5/10 - Great bass (as on much, if not all, of the album) but the harmonies are a little on the grating side which I think is due more to the production (hard panned vocals) than the actual harmonies. The guitars are also too bright for my taste, but this is still a really sweet, romantic tune.

    Run For Your Life: 9/10 - It's politically incorrect and psychotic if you choose to take it seriously but it's a bit of intense folkery and I like it a lot. Really odd way to end an album like this, though...
     
  13. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    Location:
    New Mexico
    Drive My Car 4.5
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 4.0
    You Won't See Me 7.5
    Nowhere Man 7.5
    Think For Yourself 5.0
    The Word 3.5
    Michelle 3.5
    What Goes On 2.5
    Girl 5.0
    I'm Looking Through You 7.0
    In My Life 7.5
    Wait 6.0
    If I Needed Someone 7.5
    Run For Your Life 0.0
     
  14. dylankicks

    dylankicks Forum Resident

    Location:
    Oshkosh, WI
    Drive My Car 9/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 9/10
    You Won't See Me 9/10
    Nowhere Man 10/10
    Think For Yourself 8/10
    The Word 9/10
    Michelle 8/10
    What Goes On 4/10
    Girl 9/10
    I'm Looking Through You 8/10
    In My Life 10/10
    Wait 8/10
    If I Needed Someone 9/10
    Run For Your Life 5/10
     
  15. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

    Location:
    Amarillo,Texas
    Drive My Car 9/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 10/10
    You Won't See Me 7/10
    Nowhere Man 10/10
    Think For Yourself 7/10
    The Word 5/10
    Michelle 8/10
    What Goes On 7/10
    Girl 9/10
    I'm Looking Through You 7/10
    In My Life 10/10
    Wait 9/10
    If I Needed Someone 9/10
    Run For Your Life 10/10
     
  16. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northbrook, IL
    Drive My Car 10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 10
    You Won't See Me 7/10
    Nowhere Man 10
    Think For Yourself 7/10
    The Word 6/10
    Michelle 10
    What Goes On 5/10
    Girl 10
    I'm Looking Through You 10
    In My Life 10
    Wait 7/10
    If I Needed Someone 7/10
    Run For Your Life 10

    RFL gets a 10 if only for the unreasonable hate the song gets here.

    Why did metaphor ever have to become misogynistic?

    Was "Bang-Bang, You're Dead, Brush Your Teeth and Go To Bed" ever considered too violent for children?
     
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  17. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northbrook, IL
    Love this view. With it, one can easily see this is John's album. By a long shot.

    Nowhere Man is light years ahead of Yesterday. Probably the most underrated gem in John's immense catalog of excellence.
     
  18. rainingdogs

    rainingdogs Rainy Day In June

    Location:
    UK
    Drive My Car - 6/10
    Norwegian Wood - 4/10 (George was crap at sitar, horrid sounding)
    You Won't See Me - 7/10
    Nowhere Man - 3/10 (overplayed and annoying)
    Think For Yourself - 9/10 (underrated song)
    The Word - 9/10 (underrated)
    Michelle - 10/10 (classic)
    What Goes On - 9/10 (one of the best Ringo songs)
    Girl - 10/10
    I'm Looking Through You - 10/10 (underrated)
    In My Life - 11/10 (CLASSIC.)
    Wait - 10/10 (underrated)
    If I Needed Someone - 10/10 (classic!)
    Run For Your Life 0/10 (uh, no)
     
  19. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Drive My Car 6
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 10
    You Won't See Me 5
    Nowhere Man 9
    Think For Yourself 8
    The Word 5
    Michelle 4
    What Goes On 5
    Girl 9
    I'm Looking Through You 8
    In My Life 10
    Wait 8
    If I Needed Someone 9
    Run For Your Life 7
     
  20. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    And misogynistic compared with what? It's practically a feminist anthem compared with many Rolling Stones songs. :p
     
  21. Hokeyboy

    Hokeyboy Nudnik of Dinobots

    I'm not going to rate the songs individually, but this is the order I'd put them in, in terms of personal preference:
    1. Nowhere Man
    2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    3. Drive My Car
    4. I'm Looking Through You
    5. Girl
    6. If I Needed Someone
    7. Michelle
    8. In My Life
    9. Think for Yourself
    10. You Won't See Me
    11. Wait
    12. The Word
    13. What Goes On
    14. Run for Your Life
     
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  22. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident

    Location:
    Melbourne
    Drive My Car 9
    Norwegian Wood 10
    You Won't See Me 7
    Nowhere Man 10
    Think For Yourself 7
    The Word 7
    Michelle 10
    What Goes On 6
    Girl 6
    I'm Looking Through You 9
    In My Life 10
    Wait 8
    If I Needed Someone 8
    Run For Your Life 6
     
  23. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northbrook, IL
    True dat!

    Kind of funny that Gold Coast Slave Ships bound for Cotton Fields gets a pass. Not that there's anything wrong with it.

    I chalk it up to a) bad ears, or b) serious lack of perspective.
     
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  24. angelo73

    angelo73 ─────

    Location:
    Orbiting Sgr A*
    I'll go with a mix of criterion factors in my rating process

    1. emotional appeal > 1 to 5 points
    2. quality of composition > half-point each
    • structure of segments
    • melody , prosody , hook
    • dynamics
    • lyrical creativity
    • rhythm
    • contrast
    • climatic resolution
    • instrumental arrangement

    3. quality of the mix > one point

    I will come back shortly after I have had some coffee - it is around a quarter to four in the morning here
     
  25. cyril sneer

    cyril sneer Forum Resident

    Location:
    Exeter, UK
    Drive My Car 7/10
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 10/10
    You Won't See Me 8/10
    Nowhere Man 10/10
    Think For Yourself 8/10
    The Word 9/10
    Michelle 10/10
    What Goes On 7/10
    Girl 9/10
    I'm Looking Through You 9/10
    In My Life 10/10
    Wait 7/10
    If I Needed Someone 9/10
    Run For Your Life 8/10
     

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