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The Beatles - Rubber Soul (DESS Stereo Remix - Parlophone)

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Publisher: Dr. Ebbetts
Reference :PCS 3075rm
Date :2005
Made In :USA
Quality :Ecellent
Booklet & packaging :Perfect Glossy Print.
Total duration: 36:12

This is the third project for the Ebbetts Sound Systems, the continuation of the famed "remix" series.

Following in the footsteps of the exceedingly popular remixes of "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles" LPs, Ebbetts has decided to tackle the "CENTER-IFICATION" of arguably the greatest album released by The Beatles - Rubber Soul. Like it's predecessors, this LP has been treated to the Ebbetts "outface" treatment of centering the vocals and bass.

This title continues the Ebbetts specialty "black spine" series, which already includes "Please Please Me," "With The Beatles," "Last Licks Live" and "Get Back version 2."

The Ebbetts MFSL master recording was used as the source.

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Drive My Car(Lennon/McCartney)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)(Lennon/McCartney)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
You Won't See Me(Lennon/McCartney)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
Nowhere Man(Lennon/McCartney)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
Think For Yourself(Harrison)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
The Word(Lennon/McCartney)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
What Goes On(Lennon/McCartney/Starkey)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
I'm Looking Through You(Lennon/McCartney)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
In My Life(Lennon/McCartney)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
If I Needed Someone(Harrison)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
Run For Your Life(Lennon/McCartney)
Stereo Remix
Dr. Ebbetts
The Beatles
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Review by: jsdOn 12 Jan 2006 at 13:54 CEST
The ebbetts cds are basically in two parts.
on the one hand you have the creative musical genius of the beatles, and on the other the love, care and attention that is lavished on the music AND artwork by ebbetts. He doesnt try to add anything to the music or indeed take anything away. All he is trying to do is present the music in the best possible way with excellent artwork. "and you know that cant be bad". And until apple EMI stop sitting on their hands with regards remastering then we should all be grateful to the dr for his efforts.
Oh this rubber soul remix is superb by the way
Review by: alessandromarinhoOn 19 Jan 2006 at 06:23 CEST
I never liked to hear stereo on the headphones, I don't know why, maybe because it seems more narrow than it realy is, it is great for details, but for separation it sucks! When you listen to this gem on a very good sound system, you can notice the great separation given to the vocals, which are more upfront and crisper than ever! Also, how could the DOC manage to mix that bass so damn good? I mean, I only remember listening to this warm bass in the MONO mixes, so now we have separation, upfront vocals and warm bass, couldn't be better! A zillion stars for you, DOC. Sure, the Beatles visionary as they were would have certainly go for this mix, without thinking twice!
Review by: linustOn 25 Jan 2006 at 03:29 CEST
I finally got to hear this one after a long wait and a lot of high expectations, and it's a mixed bag - some horrible remixes, some that kind of works, and one or two that are very good. How about a track-by-track analysis, perhaps? Here goes:

1. Drive My Car - the set kicks off with one of the best remixes. The stereo separation is good, and the Doc managed to keep the cowbell panned to the right during the verses, but things take a turn for the worse when the song reaches the verses. Yes folks, it's time for the annoying "panning-effect", and the piano is all over the place, changing from center to the right. Very disturbing, especially when listening on headphones...

2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - stereo separation is still pretty well remixed, and balance is good overall. What ruins the enjoyment for me is the apparent trouble of extracting the bass as it's in the same frequency range as the bass drum. This gives it a very hollow and thumping sound that is very distracting. The mix on 'Love Songs' is similar, albeit a bit narrower but a much more pleasant listen.

3. You Won't See Me - one of the more pointless remixes as vocals and bass are in both channels, while everything else is panned hard left (just as the regular UK LP mix). A little room ambience in the right channel would've spruced things up a bit, but since 'Rubber Soul' is a very "dry" album, there's nothing you can do about it unless you'd want to fake it, that is.

4. Nowhere Man - the return of the booming bass! I guess the Doc had the same trouble extracting the bass here as in 'Norwegian Wood'. Vocals and bass center, guitar solo to the right and the rest panned to the left.

5. Think For Yourself - I've always liked the good old UK LP mix of this track as it was mixed reasonable well from the start. This remixed version is much narrower with everything in the right channel moved more center. A pretty good mix, but, once again, the slightly booming bass is a bit distracting.

6. The Word - sounds very much like a simple fold-down of the regular stereo mix, giving it a slightly duller sound, but in the process highlights Maccas less than stellar harmonies (check out his throaty warble @ 1:27! Ouch!)

7. Michelle - odd pseudo-stereo effects galore! VERY narrow stereo, except some faint harmonies and guitar in the left channel. The result is reminiscent of a pretty muddy "is it mono or is it stereo?"-mix. Macca's vocals suffer from the remix, so turn to 'Love Songs' for a similar and, IMHO, much better mix.

8. What Goes On - I'm sad to say that this one didn't turn out any good at all. The mix is exactly the same as the regular one (Ringo's vocals aren't panned as hard to the left as in the official mix, but the difference is hardly earth-shaking), except a failed attempt at bringing the bass more center, which just makes it muddier.

9. Girl - once again, the odd pseudo-stereo effect on the bass makes this a pretty muddy mix. Backing track is as usual in the left channel, vocals and second lead guitar panned center except during the ending solo, where it's in the right channel. Not that bad, but I'd still pick the (more narrow) stereo mix on 'Love Songs' if I want centered vocals.

10. I'm Looking Through You - one of the best remixes on the CD, with good stereo separation. The Doc did a good work of extracting the vocals but keeping the handclaps in the right channel. Vocals are a bit hollow-sounding, but it's no big deal. Great stuff!

11. In My Life - this could just as well be lifted straight off Ebbetts' fantastic transfer of the 'Love Songs' LP. The sound is a bit muddier here because of the centered bass, so my pick would be the beforementioned 'Love Songs'.

12. Wait - yet more boomy bass given the center extraction treatment. Vocals doesn't sound as good as on Ebbetts MFSL CD. Pretty much a simple rechanneling job, keeping the left channel as is, but moving the right channel to center leaving nothing to the right. Oh, plus the boomy bass, of course.

13. If I Needed Someone - as above, but this one turned out much better. Excellent!

14. Run For Your Life - muddier than the regular stereo mix, but the result is very satisfying if you can cope with some lack of fidelity. Good one to finish this set.

Conclusion: It's good for what it is, but I will still return to the regular LP stereo mix. I love the vinyl transfers Ebbetts are doing, but remixing stuff (and working with material that's hard to remix from the start, to boot!) isn't maybe his strongest suit. His remixes of 'She Loves You', 'From Me To You', etc. are fantastic, though. Still, it's an interesting listening and I'm glad he made it available.
Review by: m18r18On 30 Apr 2006 at 10:31 CEST
This remix, IMO, is an improvement over Ebbetts' previous attempts (Please Please Me and With the Beatles).

That being said I was slightly disappointed with the result. Don't get me wrong; if and when I listen to a stereo version of Rubber Soul again I'll be listening to this one.
But because of the way it was recorded these songs sound better in mono.
Review by: montequiOn 07 Mar 2008 at 06:18 CEST
If you want a good sounding remix, just get the legit release with George Martin's '87 remix. It's a little narrower stereo image, which sounds MUCH better (in my opinion) than the original mix where voices were hard right and instruments hard left. It's also better sounding overall than any other version out there. I can't understand why albums that preceded this one (Help, Beatles For Sale, Hard Day's Night) had vocals in the middle, but they mixed this one like the first 2.
Review by: loboOn 07 Mar 2008 at 14:22 CEST
A good remix! It sounds quiet nice, although the remixing has caused a higher hiss level and the bass is too loud for my taste. If you listen accurately with headphones you'll hear the second track bleeding through as it evidently wasn't possibly to totally separate the voices and the overdubs, this gives the whole thing a kind of monaural or fake stereo appearance.

Nonetheless I like it better than the original stereo mix. But the mono version still rules.
Review by: MorninggloryseedOn 20 Jun 2008 at 01:03 CEST
Not as good as the other Ebbetts releases. I think the original was fine, and the '87 one will do for those who insist on all vocals being centered.

Good for completest-types only.
Review by: tragical history tourOn 10 Aug 2008 at 05:37 CEST
George Martin originally experimented the mix. In 1987, he decided to go with a regular-sounding one. This is not very good, but the sound is, so if you want it...

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Filename: PCS3075REMDREB
Originally filled by: bcr
Date of creation: 29 Dec 2005 05:48:01
Last filled by: bcr
Last Revision Date : 29 Dec 2005 06:22:58
Online on : 29 Dec 2005
Type of media: Bootleg CD

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