Beatles – Yesterday and Today 1966 U.S. 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 a 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 example includes the original “Trunk Cover” slick, as it was successfully 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 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.

The cover overall is a very nice VG++ , with seams that are almost entirely intact.

The white parts of the cover, front and back, have slight yellowing from age.  The cover “curves” a bit; this is a result of the peeling process.  It will flatten out over time if stored properly.

The seams are largely intact and the spine text is mostly legible.  There is a bit of cracking on the spine and there is a little bit of paper missing on the spine where the catalog number (T2653) appears.

This cover has:

  • Mostly legible writing on the spine
  • No writing on the cover
  • No ring wear.

There is a punch hole in the upper right hand corner, just below the first two letters of “Someone.”

Cutout marks on Butcher covers are quite unusual; this is only the second copy we’ve seen that ever had one, as it means that the record sat unsold for a year and a half after the album’s original release.

The punch hole would have been put there if the record went unsold, was returned to the record company, and they still had it in stock in early 1968 when Capitol Records discontinued mono LPs.

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

This copy includes the original orange inner sleeve.  There is a 3″ (7 cm) split on the bottom edge.

The included original “Trunk Cover” slick is in very good condition, and is all in one piece, though it has a number of wrinkles.  It is rare to find a Butcher cover that still has the original “Trunk” slick.

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 of the nicest examples we’ve ever had for sale.

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 24 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.5 in