This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul

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This Bird Has Flown - A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul
Compilation album by Various Artists
Released October 25, 2005
Genre Indie
Length 43:42
Label Razor & Tie
Producer Jim Sampas

This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul is a tribute album by a variety of artists that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' 1965 album Rubber Soul. It was released on October 25, 2005 by Razor & Tie. It follows the track listing of the UK version of the album, although the two songs added to the American release are available as bonus tracks on iTunes Music Store.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10) [2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [3]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Sufjan Stevens' cover of "What Goes On" the "only severe misstep" of the album and call the tribute "an album filled with good, generally pleasant covers that in no way replace the original Beatles versions but do offer as a nice reminder of what great songwriters Lennon, McCartney and Harrison were."[1] Conversely, Rob Mitchum of Pitchfork Media called Stevens' performance "a surprisingly gritty jam" and of the album itself "if it gets anything right about the original Rubber Soul, it's in the sense of perfectly replicating the progenitor's unevenness."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted.

  1. "Drive My Car", performed by The Donnas – 2:44
  2. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", performed by The Fiery Furnaces – 2:57
  3. "You Won't See Me", performed by Dar Williams – 3:34
  4. "Nowhere Man", performed by Low – 2:54
  5. "Think for Yourself" (George Harrison), performed by Yonder Mountain String Band – 2:15
  6. "The Word", performed by Mindy Smith – 3:03
  7. "Michelle", performed by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals – 2:56
  8. "What Goes On" (Lennon–McCartney-Richard Starkey), performed by Sufjan Stevens – 5:50
  9. "Girl", performed by Rhett Miller – 3:03
  10. "I'm Looking Through You", performed by Ted Leo – 2:25
  11. "In My Life", performed by Ben Lee – 3:12
  12. "Wait", performed by Ben Kweller and Albert Hammond, Jr. – 2:26
  13. "If I Needed Someone" (Harrison), performed by Nellie McKay – 3:19
  14. "Run for Your Life", performed by Cowboy Junkies – 4:07

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "I've Just Seen a Face", performed by Slow Runner – 3:27 (available on iTunes Music Store)
  2. "It's Only Love", performed by Sam Champion – 2:14 (available on iTunes Music Store)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "This Bird Has Flown > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Mitchum, Rob. "This Bird Has Flown > Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "This Bird Has Flown > Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 5, 2016.