Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono Third State Butcher cover

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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.

This particular example includes the original “Trunk Cover” slick, as it was removed in one piece when the cover was peeled.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono Third State Butcher cover.

This copy has been professionally peeled and it’s one of the nicest examples of a third state issue we’ve ever seen, with no tears at all on the front cover.

This is a nearly perfect peel; the only issue is a very minor tear in the white area in the upper right hand corner just below the words “File Under: The Beatles.”  You’ll almost need magnification to see it.

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.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No writing on the cover

This copy does have a small punch hole in the upper left hand corner; apparently, this one was sold as a cutout when Capitol discontinued mono LPs in early 1968.  That is pretty unusual, as most Butcher covers were sold when the album was first released in June, 1966.

While there is a bit of “cracking” on the spine, there are no splits.

The back cover has trace ring wear.

The record is a correct Scranton mono pressing.  The disc is VG++ and very close to M-, with just a couple of faint marks.

The original orange inner sleeve is included.  It does have a couple of small splits.

The included original “Trunk Cover” slick is in good condition, with a tear at the top left and a number of wrinkles.

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

A gorgeous example of a mono Third State 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 18 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × .5 in