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 professionally peeled 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 is much nicer than most and has no tears at all on the front cover. It looks almost like a First State issue.
This is a nearly perfect peel with no visible glue rings or residue.
This 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
- No punch holes
The peeled part of the front cover is M-, and is absolutely gorgeous. The border around the “Butcher cover” image is VG++, with slight fading and a tiny corner dent in the upper right hand corner.
The back cover is VG+, with some slight staining and trace ring wear.
The record is a correct Scranton mono pressing. The disc is VG, with numerous marks.
The original orange inner sleeve is included and has no seam splits.
The included original “Trunk Cover” slick is in good condition, with 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 and one of the nicer copies we’ve ever seen.
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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