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    Beatles Yesterday And Today Sealed First State Stereo "Butcher Cover" LP in GEM MINT 10 Condition (Capitol, 1966). This was the ninth US release by Capitol Records, June 20, 1966. The title was based on the inclusion of the hit "Yesterday." As always with Capitol, the album was a mish-mash of songs and has no British counterpart at all: two cuts were from the UK Help! LP; four tracks from the UK version of their previous LP Rubber Soul; both sides of the single "Day Tripper / We Can Work it Out" are included; and also three songs from their not-yet-released Revolver album. The Beatles resented how their US record company did this as they always put a lot of thought and effort into the tracks and order on all their UK albums. The (in)famous "butcher" photo was taken early in 1966 by Robert Whitaker and actually had a title: A Somnambulant Adventure. Whether or not it was a Vietnam protest or a protest against Capitol "butchering" their records, the fact is that it became the official album cover and when first seen by DJs and record stores, there was an immediate and negative reaction to its graphic nature. Capitol recalled all the "offensive" albums and, in many cases, glued what's generally called the "Trunk Cover" over it (known as a "second state"). This is how most people have seen it. The original albums that were saved from destruction or the glue-over process, such as this one, are known as being "first state." Condition: GEM-MT 10 with some minor yellowing on the white borders from age, as would be expected. Record pressing plant code on the reverse is "2" indicating that it was produced at the Scranton, Pennsylvania plant.

    A very limited number of "first state" albums got out and were kept by journalists, radio stations, and record company executives. In 1966, stereo had yet to take over the marketplace (for one thing, they cost more than the mono copies); it has been estimated that mono was produced in a ten to one ration over the stereo version. There were certainly fewer of these that found their way into collections. Again, a much smaller number of these were never removed from their shrink wrap. An infinitesimal number of those still-sealed examples were kept in the beautiful condition of this one. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! We feel certain that this is a virtually unimprovable example of this incredibly rare and hugely collectible album. There's possibly not a serious Beatle record (or memorabilia) collector alive that doesn't already have or would love to own any example of a "Butcher Cover". As a first generation Beatle fan, your writer can still remember the day in 1984 that I bought my first example of this legendary piece of pop culture. It was a nicely-peeled "third state" example at a record store in Austin, Texas, and I was thrilled to have finally acquired one; I still have it. I would certainly love to have this one, but I'm happy just to have had it on my desk for a while today.

    Included with the album is a typed letter signed by the Acting Director stating that the current owner had purchased it from the Greenfield Community College Library when it was deaccessioned in 1990; it had originally been part of an estate donated to the college in 1979.

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