Beatles – Yesterday and Today 1966 U.S. mono Third State Butcher cover


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Offered for sale is a 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 copy includes the original “Trunk Cover” slick, as it was successfully removed 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 means that the second “Trunk Cover” slick has been removed, revealing the original “Butcher Cover” slick underneath it.

This copy has been professionally peeled and a particularly nice example, with no tears at all on the front cover.

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.

Visually, the cover is VG+. The front is quite clean with no tears in the “Butcher” slick.

The back cover has some yellowing from age and a small cut above the RIAA logo on the back.. The cover “curves” a bit; this is a result of the peeling process. It will flatten out over time if stored properly.

The seams on this copy do have some issues.  The top seam is intact.  The lower half of the spine is split and has been secured with cellophane tape by a previous owner.  Only about 1/3 of the spine print is legible.

The bottom seam has also been secured with tape; we do not know if the seam has been split or not.  It appears to be largely intact, but we opted not to remove the tape.

This cover has:

  • No writing on the cover
  • No cutout holes
  • No ring wear

The record is a correct Scranton mono pressing. The disc is Good condition, with many small scratches. It will play, but it’s going to be noisy.

The original orange inner sleeve is missing.

The included original “Trunk Cover” slick is in poor condition, with about 1/4 of it missing.  Still, it is rare to find a Butcher cover that still has the original “Trunk” slick, as the slicks are usually destroyed during the peeling process.

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

A nice, if imperfect, example of a mono Third State Butcher Cover and an affordable alternative 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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Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × .5 in