Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice stereo copy of a second state Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.
About this copy: The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 stereo second state Butcher cover with the second “trunk” cover pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.
Stereo copies are much rarer than their mono counterparts; only about one in ten Butcher covers are stereo.
This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as noted by the small number 5 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.
Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)
This copy is a bit unusual in that the top “trunk” slick was misaligned when being applied at the pressing plant. The Butcher cover slick underneath is plainly visible at the top left of the cover. It can sometimes be difficult to spot a Butcher cover, but the misaligned slick makes this one immediately obvious even at a casual glance.
This cover has:
- No seam splits
- Fully legible writing on the spine
- No ring wear on the back cover
- No writing on the front or back cover
- No visible attempts to peel the cover
The cover has slight wear in the white areas; we’ll call it VG+, just to be safe. There is a stain on the back cover over the title “Yesterday,” and a scraped spot next to the title of “Doctor Robert.”
These are all very minor issues on a cover that is otherwise in exceptional condition. We rarely see a Butcher cover with solid seams all the way around.
The record is rough and is likely in good condition, at best. The disc is a correct Los Angeles pressing. The original inner sleeve is included, though it does have splits on all three sides.
This is about as nice a copy as you’ll ever see of a Second State Butcher cover, aside from finding one in the shrink wrap.
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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