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 copy includes the original “trunk” slick, which was removed intact to reveal the “Butcher” cover underneath.

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 cover was printed at Capitol Records’ Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 3 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The cover is VG++ on the front, with no tears on the cover at all.  There’s faint discoloration at the edges.  The back cover is VG+, with slight general wear and moderate foxing in the lower left hand corner of the back cover.

The seams are fully intact and the text on the spine is fully legible.

This cover has:

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

While the cover is from the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, the disc is from the Jacksonville, Illinois plant, with the letter “O” stamped in the dead wax.  The mono disc is VG-, with a number of small marks but it still has plenty of shine.

The original orange inner sleeve is included.   The sleeve has a small split on the bottom edge.

The included trunk slick is in Good condition with a number of wrinkles, as is common with removed slicks.

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