Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono Third State Butcher cover

$1,995.00 $1,675.80

A mono peeled “third state” Butcher cover copy of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

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Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice example of an original mono peeled, or “Third State,” Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

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.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono Third State Butcher cover.  The trunk cover that was pasted over the Butcher cover at the factory has been professionally removed.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles, California pressing plant, as noted by the small number 6 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

This is an exceptionally nice peel; most peeled copies have damage to the front cover, one or more split seams, or writing on the back cover.

Not this one; this copy is gorgeous, with no tears on the front cover (there’s a small “wrinkle”, but no missing art – see photo)

The seams are fully intact, aside from a small 1/4″ split in the top of the cover near the mouth.

The writing on the spine is fully intact.

The back cover has no ring wear, writing, or marks of any kind.

The disc is VG, and includes the original orange inner sleeve.

We recently saw a mono first state issue Butcher cover sell for more than $15,000.  This is the next best thing at a fraction of the price, and the nicest mono example of a peeled Butcher cover we’ve ever had.

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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in