Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono Third State Butcher cover


Free U.S. shipping!  A professionally peeled mono “third state” U.S. 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 U.S. mono peeled, or “Third State,” “Butcher Cover” pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

This particular Los Angeles example was professionally peeled by Jim Hansen and includes a certificate attesting to this.  Los Angeles covers are more difficult to peel than covers from the Scranton, Pennsylvania plant, and nice peeled examples from Los Angeles are rare.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono Third State Butcher cover.  This means that the second “Trunk Cover” slick has been removed, revealing the original “Butcher Cover” slick underneath it.

This copy is one of the nicest examples of a third state issue we’ve ever had for sale, with no tears at all on the front cover.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles, California pressing plant, as noted by the small number6 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The cover overall is a very nice VG+, with a trace wear on the back cover and a small indentation near the lower left hand corner.

The main “Butcher” area on the front cover is nearly perfect, with no tears or missing areas.

There is a white area in the center of the front cover above the Butcher slick where a bit of the white paper has been torn.  It is barely noticeable.

There is also a small repaired split (about 2″ or 5 cm) at the center of the bottom seam.  The other two seams are nice and the lettering on the spine is sharp and complete.

This cover has:

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

The record is a correct Los Angeles mono pressing.  The disc is in Good condition, with a number of marks, but it still has quite a bit of shine.

The original orange inner sleeve is included.   The sleeve has a small split on each side.

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

A nice example of a mono Third State Butcher Cover and one that’s about the next best thing to a First State issue.

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