Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo second state Butcher cover shrink

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A stereo second state Butcher cover copy of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles

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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 with the cover retaining most of the original shrink wrap.

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 Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 2 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover. (see photo)

Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

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
  • A pure white cover with no yellowing

The cover retains most of the original shrink wrap.  It covers about half of the front cover, and all of the back cover.

The cover has slight wear at the bottom to the right of Paul’s hands, as the shrink wrap is missing there.  There is a 1/4″ split at the bottom of the cover at the mouth.  All the other seams are fully intact.

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 quite clean, which is unusual.  Most Butcher covers we find come with records that are in poor condition.   This disc is VG++, and very close to M-, though there is a small inaudible fingernail mark through the first track on side 1.

The original orange inner sleeve is included.  It does have a split on the bottom edge, as most do.

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

This is perhaps the nicest example of a third-state stereo Butcher cover 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:
ST 2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in
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