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.
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.
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 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
There is very slight wear at the very bottom of the front cover, just below Paul’s hands (see photo.)
There is a price sticker attached to the upper right hand corner. Apparently, this record was sold new by a store that either did not shrink wrap their records or removed the wrap before putting the records out for sale. The price sticker is clearly a vintage one.
There is very slight foxing on the back cover and a very small stain to the right of the song titles.
The record is VG+, with just a few light marks. The original inner sleeve is included.
This is about as nice a copy as you’ll ever see of a Third State Butcher cover, aside from finding one in the shrink wrap.
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