Beatles – Yesterday and Today partially peeled mono Butcher cover LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A partially peeled mono “third state” U.S. Butcher cover copy of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

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Offered for sale is a partially peeled original U.S. mono “Butcher Cover” pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

This copy has been partially peeled, showing portions of both the “Butcher” artwork and the later “Trunk” artwork..

This particular cover was printed at Capitol Records’ Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 3 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The overall condition is good, with a couple of small tears near the edge of where the peeling process was stopped.

The seams are fully intact except for 1/2″ of missing paper (1.5 cm) at the bottom edge of the spine.  The text on the spine is mostly legible, though the paper on the spine is largely cracked.

There is a name written in the upper left hand corner of the back cover.

The original orange inner sleeve is included.   The sleeve has splits on two sides.

The original mono disc is in poor condition with heavy wear on both sides.

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

A nice  starter example of a mono Butcher Cover.

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:
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × .5 in