The genius of the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”

Welcome to our new series, “Sheltering in Place with Classic Albums,” a guide to solid music for uncertain times

Welcome to the “Sheltering in Place with Classic Albums” series. Each week, I’ll present a new album for your consideration—a means for passing these uncertain times in musical bliss. For some readers, hearing about the latest selection might offer a chance reacquaintance with an old friend. For others, the series might provide an unexpected avenue for making a new one.

For the inaugural selection in our series, we begin with “Rubber Soul,” arguably the Beatles‘ maiden voyage into classic album-hood. No less than the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson described “Rubber Soul” as the greatest LP of all time. When he first heard it, Wilson recalled, “I couldn’t deal with it. It blew my mind.”

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