release - 1965
Photography - Robert Freeman
Lettering - Charles Front
The cover art is by the English photographer and graphic designer Robert Freeman (1936 - 2019).
Freeman had taken some pictures at Lennon's house and showed them by projecting them onto an album-sized piece of cardboard to simulate how they would appear on the cover. The unusual Rubber Soul album cover came to be when the slide card fell slightly backwards, elongating the projected image of the photograph and stretching it. Excited by the effect, they shouted, "Ah! Can we have that? Can you do it like that?" Freeman said he could.
The lettering was smartly designed by Charles Front. It was a perfect match within the empty space in the upperleft and completed the curved and stretched result of Freeman. An iconic album cover was the result.
At The Beatles request, Capitol left the cover intact for the American release, including the photo montage on the back cover. Finally, the group had enough clout to call the shots - even in the US.
Compare the orignal photo and the logo and you can only conclude this: The whole is more then the sum of its parts!
'Rubber Soul' is a Beatles' play on the term 'Plastic Soul', a term used to describe white musicians playing a traditionally black style of music- essentially "fake" soul!
The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era.
Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. Their finest and most innovatieve material include 'Rubber Soul' (1965), 'Revolver' (1966), 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967) and Abbey Road (1969).
After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers. Lennon was shot in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.