Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo second state Butcher cover

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Offered for sale is a stereo copy of a second state Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

Stereo copies are much rarer than their mono counterparts; only about one in ten Butcher covers are stereo.

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 still pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.

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 faintly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

This cover has:

  • No writing on the front or back cover
  • No visible attempts to peel the cover

The cover is VG, with moderate general wear on the front and moderate ring wear on the back.

The album does have some seam issues; the top seam is intact.  The spine has “cracking” at the top and bottom edges.  “Today”, “Beatles” and “Stereophonic” are legible; the remaining print is missing.

The bottom seam is quite worn on the left side; the right side has a repaired 5″ (12 cm) seam split.  The repair was nicely done, but we’d recommend against storing the record in the cover.  We’ll provide a plain white cover for storing the disc.

The original orange Capitol inner sleeve is included; it has a split on the bottom edge.

The disc is a correct stereo disc from the Los Angeles pressing plant, with an “*” stamped in the dead wax.

The record is in better condition than most copies we see; they’re usually wrecked and borderline unplayable.  This copy is VG and close to VG+, with lots of shine and a number of small marks 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, if imperfect, copy of a very rare Beatles LP and the first stereo Butcher cover we’ve had in quite a while.

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:
ST 2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × .5 in