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Beatles "Yesterday And Today" Livingston Copy Sealed First State Mono "Butcher Cover" LP Capitol 2553 (1966). Yes, it's a ...

2006 April Music Memorabilia Auction #622

 
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Beatles "Yesterday And Today" Livingston Copy Sealed First State Mono "Butcher Cover" LP Capitol 2553 (1966). Yes, it's a sealed copy of the original cover of the album that came out in the U.S. between "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver". There was even a name for the photo -- "Somnambulant Adventure". It sounds like something John would make up, but the adjective actually is a word, and refers to sleep-walking. But what was the thinking when the decision was made to issue this cover in the first place?

In fact, the Beatles didn't even know the photo was being used as an album cover, and it wasn't anywhere other than the U.S. An excellent site for details about the rise and fall of the Butcher Cover can be found online at "All About the Beatles Butcher cover".

Also discussed there is "the Livingston copies of the Butcher Cover", considered the creme de la creme of Butcher Cover copies. In short, Alan Livingston, who was President and CEO of Capitol Records in 1966, set aside as many as 5 stereo copies and 19 mono copies, all sealed and in Mint condition. In 1987 he gave several copies to his son Peter, who had the elder Mr. Livingston issue a notarized letter of authenticity for each sealed copy, one of which accompanies this special offering.

Also enclosed is a copy of a letter dated June 14, 1966 from Ron Tepper, Manager Press & Information Services of Capitol Records Distributing Corp., to distributors advising of the recall of the Butcher Cover.

We're pleased to offer one of the ultimate prizes for the Beatles collector. Very few of the Livingston Butcher Covers have changed hands over the past several years making this a rare opportunity to acquire one. Condition: GM-MT 10 -- Still Sealed.

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