Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo second state Butcher cover shrink

beatles - yesterday and today stereo butcher cover lp

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice stereo copy of a second state Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles with the cover retaining most of the original shrink wrap.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 stereo second state Butcher cover with the second “trunk” cover pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.

Stereo copies are much rarer than their mono counterparts; only about one in ten Butcher covers are stereo.

This particular copy was pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 2 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover. (see photo)

Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No ring wear on the back cover
  • No writing on the front or back cover
  • No visible attempts to peel the cover
  • A pure white cover with no yellowing

The cover retains most of the original shrink wrap.  A small piece is missing in the lower right hand corner of the front.

There is a small stain in the upper right hand corner of the cover where there was once a piece of cellophane tape.  There is a tiny tear in the slick at the mouth of the cover about 3 inches (8 cm) from the bottom.

These are all very minor issues on a cover that is otherwise in exceptional condition.  We rarely see a Butcher cover with solid seams all the way around.

The record is somewhat better than average at VG.  It has a few small scratches but will play well. The record is a correct Scranton disc.

The original orange inner sleeve is included.  It has small splits on three sides.

We will include a photocopy of the original “recall” letter from Capitol Records announcing the recall of the album from the market.

A beautiful example of a stereo Butcher cover, and  perhaps the nicest example of a third-state stereo Butcher cover we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: There are millions of records that people could possibly collect, but few are as infamous as the original release of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles, which was first released with the cover now known as the “Butcher cover.”  This cover photo depicted the band dressed in butcher smocks, surrounded by plastic doll parts and pieces of raw meat.  When the original cover met with hostile responses from reviewers and distributors, Capitol Records made the decision to withdraw the cover and replace it with another one.

While a few copies with the original cover were kept by reviewers, the remaining copies were returned to Capitol Records prior to the album’s scheduled release date.  Capitol then pasted a new cover over the existing one, put new shrinkwrap on the cover, and shipped the records with the “pasteover” cover to record distributors.

Most copies sold around the time of the album’s release date actually had two covers, with a cover showing the band standing around a steamer trunk pasted over the original “Butcher cover” photo.  Over time, many of these copies have had the top cover removed, rendering original copies increasingly scarce as fewer intact examples remain.

Copies of Yesterday and Today with the original cover that have never had the second cover pasted over them are known as “first state” issues.  Copies that have the second cover still pasted on top of the first one are known as “second state” copies.  Second state copies are identifiable by looking at the white area on the cover just below the word “today” in the album title.  If that particular copy is a second state Butcher cover, a black triangular area can be faintly seen; this area is where Ringo’s black shirt collar appears on the cover underneath.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST 2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Who – My Generation sealed U.S. stereo LP

the who - my generation u.s. stereo lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. (rechanneled) stereo pressing of My Generation, the debut LP from The Who.

About this copy: This copy of My Generation is a still sealed early U.S. pressing on the Decca label of an album that was first released in 1965. This pressing likely dates from 1969-1971.

This is the third U.S. pressing, without the “Decca Full Stereo” banner on the back cover and without the word “Decca” printed above the text, “Decca Stereo records can be safely played on today’s monaural phonographs,” which was found on 1967-1968 pressings.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is largely intact, with no rips, tears, or holes, except a tiny break in the lower right hand corner and in the upper right hand corner, which has been clipped.

A beautiful copy of an album that is usually found in poor condition and the first sealed copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: My Generation (released as The Who Sings My Generation in the U.S.) is regarded as one of the most significant debut albums in rock history.  While the album failed to make the charts in the United States when released in 1966, the 1965 UK release reached #5 on the UK charts.

The UK version of the album included a track, “I’m a Man,” that was not included on the U.S. or Japanese release (It was replaced by “Instant Party.”)

Allmusic.com gave My Generation a rare 5 star review:

An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend’s exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on “My Generation” and “Out in the Street”; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout. … While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Decca
Catalog Number:
DL 74664
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo (rechanneled)
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Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits original 1967 U.S. stereo LP with poster

bob dylan - greatest hits u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a stereo first pressing of the 1967 LP Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits by Bob Dylan, including the original shrink wrap and poster.

About this copy:  This copy of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits is an original stereo first pressing, with matrix numbers ending in -1C/1D.

The cover is VG+, with wear at a couple of the corners.  The wrap is fully intact except for a missing piece in the upper left hand corner.  There is a hype sticker attached to the wrap that says, “Contains Giant Full Color Dylan Wall Poster.”

The record, with the original 360° Sound labels, is VG++ on side one, with a couple of faint inaudible marks.  Side two is M-.

There are no spindle marks on the labels; the record has clearly had little play.

The poster measures 33″x22″  and  is M-, with no holes or tears.  There is trace wear at the folds and slight fading..

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background:

Bob Dylan took some time off after releasing Blonde on Blonde in 1966, largely because he was recovering from a motorcycle accident. Columbia records took advantage of his time off by releasing his first compilation LP, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits. While the album was originally issued in both mono and stereo, the mono pressings were only available for about a year before being deleted with all other mono titles in Columbia’s catalog in early 1968.

Allmusic.com gave Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits a 5 star review:

Arriving in 1967, Greatest Hits does an excellent job of summarizing Dylan’s best-known songs from his first seven albums. At just ten songs, it’s a little brief, and the song selection may be a little predictable, but that’s actually not a bad thing, since this provides a nice sampler for the curious and casual listener, as it boasts standards from “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
KCS 9463
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Who – My Generation U.S. stereo LP in shrink

who - my generation u.s. lp

Offered for sale is an early U.S. (rechanneled) stereo pressing of My Generation, the debut LP from The Who.

About this copy: This copy of My Generation is a 1967-1968 U.S. pressing on the Decca label of an album that was first released in 1965.

Unlike the first issue, this one does not have the “Decca Full Stereo” banner on the back cover that was present on the first pressings of the LP.

It does, however, have the word “Decca” printed above the text, “Decca Stereo records can be safely played on today’s monaural phonographs.”  This dates the pressing to 1967-1968.  Later pressings omit the standalone “Decca.”

The cover is VG++, with slight corner wear.  The upper left hand corner of the cover has been cut.  The cover is still in the original shrink wrap.

The disc is VG++ on side one, with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs, but no other marks of any kind.  Side two is M-.  There are no spindle marks on the labels; it appears the album was only played once or twice.

A nice copy of an album that is usually found in poor condition.

Background: My Generation (released as The Who Sings My Generation in the U.S.) is regarded as one of the most significant debut albums in rock history.  While the album failed to make the charts in the United States when released in 1966, the 1965 UK release reached #5 on the UK charts.

The UK version of the album included a track, “I’m a Man,” that was not included on the U.S. or Japanese release (It was replaced by “Instant Party.”)

Allmusic.com gave My Generation a rare 5 star review:

An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend’s exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on “My Generation” and “Out in the Street”; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout. … While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Decca
Catalog Number:
DL 74664
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo (rechanneled)
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Chet Baker – Blood, Chet, and Tears U.S. stereo LP in shrink

chet baker - Blood, Chet and Tears u.s. lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of Blood, Chet and Tears by Chet Baker, with the cover in the original shrink wrap.

About this copy: This copy of Blood, Chet and Tears is a 1970 U.S. pressing on the Verve label.

The cover is M- and still has the original shrink wrap.  The upper right hand corner of the cover has been cut.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Chet Baker LP.

Background: Released in 1970, Blood, Chet and Tears was an album by Chet Baker, released during a time when he was trying to find his way back in to Jazz after a series of well-publicized incidents that left him unable to play for a while.

While the album is mostly instrumental, Baker sings on two tracks – “Something,” and “Come Saturday Morning.”

Allmusic.com gave Blood, Chet and Tears this review:

Yes, the title is a groaner and, yes, this is an easy listening album of late-’60s soft rock hits, but to be fair — the album isn’t that bad. It’s actually better than some of the Herb Alpert releases of the same era that inspired it. But the difference is that Alpert was just being himself, while Blood, Chet & Tears finds Baker trying to sound like somebody else and that’s the worst thing about the album. It literally sounds like Baker is hiding his true musical personality rather than expanding upon that personality. And when you come right down to it, that really is selling out as opposed to what George Benson and others were doing during this same period. That said, except for a bizarre version of “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” the album stands up as kitschy easy listening.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Verve
Catalog Number:
V6-8798
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Meet the Beatles sealed U.S. stereo promotional LP

beatles - meet the beatles U.S. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo copy of Meet the Beatles by the Beatles with a promotional punch hole in the cover.

This copy has a number 9 on the back cover, indicating it is a 1969/1970 pressing from Capitol’s Jacksonville, Illinois pressing plant.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Beatles is a U.S. pressing on the Capitol label, released in about 1970.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact except for a couple of small tears at the top edge and one near the bottom left of the front cover.

There is a clean punch hole in the upper left hand corner of the cover, indicating that this copy was intended for promotional use.

The label variation is unknown, but most copies of this album with the number 9 on the back cover have green Capitol labels.  A few have been found with black Capitol labels with the “A subsidiary of Capitol Industries, Inc.” on the label.

The record feels somewhat thin, so it’s likely a green label pressing.  (see photo for example)

A nice copy of a scarce early Beatles LP.

Background: Released in January 1964, Meet the Beatles was the first album by the Beatles to be released by Capitol Records, and their second album overall.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Meet the Beatles a 4 1/2 star review:

Meet the Beatles! …was indeed the LP where many millions of Americans were introduced to the Fab Four. As an introduction, there could hardly have been one better. Largely comprised of material released on their second U.K. LP, With the Beatles — the album art offers a blue-tinted spin on that late-1963 release — Meet the Beatles! contains nine of that album’s 14 songs, cutting out almost all the covers … as the years have passed, the emphasis on joyous, exuberant rock & roll means that Meet the Beatles! still sounds fresh and exciting on its own terms.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST-2047
Year of Release: 1969/1970
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Beatles VI sealed U.S. stereo LP

beatles - beatles VI u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo copy of Beatles VI by the Beatles.

This copy has a number 9 on the back cover, indicating it is a 1969/1970 pressing from Capitol’s Jacksonville, Illinois pressing plant.

About this copy: This copy of Beatles VI is a U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a tiny stain on the bottom edge of the back cover.

The label variation is unknown, but most copies of this album with the number 9 on the back cover have green Capitol labels.  A few have been found with black Capitol labels with the “A subsidiary of Capitol Industries, Inc.” on the label.

The record feels somewhat thin, so it’s likely a green label pressing. (see photo for example.)

A nearly perfect copy of a scarce early Beatles LP.

Background: Released in 1965, Beatles VI was the seventh U.S. album by the Beatles, compiled from tracks used on singles and the UK Beatles for Sale and the then-unreleased UK Help! LPs.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Beatles VI a 3 1/2 star review:

Six months had elapsed since the release of Beatles ’65 in America, and the powers that were at Capitol Records recognized that some new product was needed, especially as the group was about to tour the United States. The result was Beatles VI, using the remaining tracks off of the British-released Beatles for Sale album (going all the way back to the fall of the previous year), among them that album’s highlight, a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Words of Love,” and four new songs, two of them from the second side of the soon-to-be-released U.K. Help! album. The result was as much of a mish-mash as any album of Beatles songs ever assembled by Capitol Records, although — thanks to the quality of the performances and the songs — it was still eminently high-quality material, song-for-song, and outclassed virtually all of the competition. And as long as the group’s singles held up in quality, albums like this would continue to scale the top of the charts with ease.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST-2358
Year of Release: 1969/1970
Format: Stereo
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Troggs – Wild Thing sealed U.S. mono and stereo LPs – both covers!

troggs - wild thing two different u.s. lps

Offered for sale is a pair of  still sealed U.S. copies of Wild Thing by the Troggs, one in stereo and one in mono, on two different labels with two different covers!

One is the stereo pressing on the Fontana label with the brown cover.  The other is the very rare pressing on the Atco label in mono with the blue cover that was withdrawn shortly after release.  Both albums have the same track listing.

About this copy #1: This copy of Wild Thing is an original 1966 U.S. issue on the Fontana label.

As the album is sealed, the disc is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact except for a 3″ tear along the spine at the bottom left hand corner.

A nice copy of a terrific LP that is usually found in rough condition.

About  copy #2: This copy of Wild Thing is the original 1966 U.S. issue on the Atco label.

As the album is sealed, the disc is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact except for a 1″ (2 cm) break in the center of the mouth of the cover.

A nice copy of a very rare LP and the only copy of the Atco pressing that we’ve ever seen.

Background: Released in 1966, Wild Thing was the first LP by the Troggs, containing the U.S. #1 hit of the same name.

The album was titled From Nowhere in the UK, where it had a different track listing and a cover that was similar to the U.S. Fontana release.

Due to a contractual dispute, Wild Thing was simultaneously released on two different labels in the U.S., with two different covers.

Both Fontana Records and Atco Records claimed to have contractual rights to release the album in the United States, but the rights were determined to belong to Fontana and the Atco version was quickly deleted and is now quite rare.

You can listen to the title track here:

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Fontana/Atco
Catalog Number:
SRF-67556/33-193
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo/Mono
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(Janis Joplin) Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills sealed original U.S. stereo LP

big brother and the holding company - cheap thrills u.s. lp

Offered for sale is an original still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin.

While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the original plastic inner sleeve.

About this copy: This copy of Cheap Thrills is an original 1968 U.S. pressing on the then-current Columbia “360° Sound” label.

Stamper numbers end in -1C and -1F, indicating a first pressing.

As the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is VG+, with slight corner and edge wear and a small stain in the lower right hand corner.

The plastic inner sleeve is still sealed, though about three inches of the perforated seal have been torn away.

A beautiful copy of a record that’s quite rare in this condition and only the second sealed original pressing we’ve ever seen.

Background: 1968’s Cheap Thrills was the album that made Janis Joplin a star, and the cover by R. Crumb is well-remembered, too.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album chart and has sold more than two million copies.

Allmusic.com gave the album 5 stars:

When Cheap Thrills appeared in August 1968 — sporting a Robert Crumb cover on its gatefold jacket that constituted the most elaborate album design ever lavished on a rock album from Columbia Records, as well as a pop-art classic rivaling the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s jacket — it shot into the charts, reaching number one and going gold within a couple of months, and “Piece of My Heart” became a Top 40 hit and helped to propel the LP to over a million sales. Joplin, with her ear- (and vocal cord-) shredding voice, was the obvious standout. Nobody had ever heard singing as emotional, as desperate, as determined, or as loud as Joplin’s, and Cheap Thrills was her greatest moment.  Big Brother’s backup, typical of the guitar-dominated sound of San Francisco psychedelia, made up in enthusiasm what it lacked in precision. But everybody knew who the real star was, and Joplin played her last gig with Big Brother while the album was still on top of the charts. Neither she nor the band would ever equal it. Heard today, Cheap Thrills is a musical time capsule and remains a showcase for one of rock’s most distinctive singers.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
KCS 9700
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan still sealed 1965 U.S. stereo promotional LP

bob dylan - bob dylan sealed u.s. stereo LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of Bob Dylan’s self-titled Bob Dylan LP.

While the shrink wrap has been opened, the record is still sealed in the original plastic inner sleeve.  The cover has a promotional stamp.

About this copy: This copy of Bob Dylan is a 1965 pressing of an album that was originally released in 1962.

This is technically a third pressing, with 360° Sound on the labels written in white.

As the record is still sealed in the original inner sleeve, the disc is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is M- and still retains its original shrink wrap.  The wrap is split at the top seam.  We’ve secured it with tape to prevent further splitting.  The words, “Demonstration – Not for Sale” are stamped on the back cover.

The perforated seal on the inner sleeve is fully intact.

Stamper numbers:

Side 1: XSM 55621-1B
Side 2: XSM 55622-1H

An absolutely gorgeous copy of a classic Dylan LP, and one that’s quite hard to find in stereo as an early pressing.  It’s likely to be your final upgrade.

Background: Bob Dylan’s 1962 debut got the attention of a few critics, but didn’t do much in the way of sales until later in the decade when he became somewhat more famous.  The first album consisted mostly of cover tunes; it wasn’t until his next album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, that he started to record mostly self-penned material.

Bob Dylan went almost unnoticed upon the original release in 1962, though it did reach #13 on the UK charts, likely after he had success with later efforts.

While this album has been available in stereo for decades, early stereo copies, such as this one, are actually considerably rarer than their mono counterparts.  In the mid-1960s, the vast majority of records sold were in mono, making this early stereo pressing somewhat scarce, particularly in this condition.

Allmusic.com gave Bob Dylan a 4 star review:

Bob Dylan’s first album is a lot like the debut albums by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones — a sterling effort, outclassing most, if not all, of what came before it in the genre, but similarly eclipsed by the artist’s own subsequent efforts. … Within a year of its release, Dylan, initially in tandem with young folk/protest singers like Peter, Paul & Mary and Phil Ochs, would alter the boundaries of that revival beyond recognition, but this album marked the pinnacle of that earlier phase, before it was overshadowed by this artist’s more ambitious subsequent work. In that regard, the two original songs here serve as the bridge between Dylan’s stylistic roots, as delineated on this album, and the more powerful and daringly original work that followed.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CS 8579
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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