A mono second state Butcher cover copy of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles
Offered for sale is an original mono second 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 the record offered for sale: The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono second state Butcher cover. This particular copy was pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 3 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.
The cover is in nice VG condition; it has some front cover wear and quite a bit of “foxing” or discoloration, which is something that often happens to white paper with age. The seams are intact with no splits. All lettering is fully legible on the spine of the cover.
The record is a nice VG, with a number of small marks. The record retains its original shine and it should play quite well. The original orange inner sleeve is included, though it has a split on the bottom seam.
A nice copy of an album we haven’t had in quite a while.
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