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    Beatles Yesterday And Today Sealed Original First State Mono "Butcher Cover" LP in GEM MINT 10 Condition (Capitol T2553, 1966). This was the ninth US release by Capitol Records, June 20, 1966. The title was based on the inclusion of the hit song "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 U.K. Help! LP; four tracks from the U.K. version of their previous LP Rubber Soul; both sides of the single "Day Tripper / We Can Work it Out" are included; and three songs from their not-yet-released Revolver album. The Beatles resented how Capitol Records did this as they always put a lot of thought and effort into the tracks and order on all their U.K. 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 is 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." Record pressing plant code on the reverse is "3" indicating that it was produced at the Scranton, Pennsylvania plant. One of the finest examples of factory-sealed "Butcher" covers we've ever offered. Not only is the cover Gem Mint, but the back of the sleeve retains a pure white coloring, giving it a "just off the presses" appearance! Condition: GM-MT 10/ GM-MT 10. From the Stan Panenka Beatles Vinyl Collection.

    A limited number of the "first state" albums were kept by journalists, radio stations, and record company executives. Only a small number of these were never removed from their shrinkwrap. An even tinier 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.

    Included with the lot is a photocopy of the letter sent from Capitol Records asking reviewers to return their records with a "cover design subject to misinterpretation" to the company (C.O.D.) in exchange for an album with a "more generally acceptable design." We often wonder how many actually sent their copy back. Letter transcribed below.

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    June 14, 1966


    Dear Reviewer!

    In the past few days, you may have received an advance promotional copy of The Beatles' new album "The Beatles Yesterday and Today." In accordance with the following statement from Alan W. Livingston, President, Capitol Records, Inc., the original album cover is being discarded and a new jacket is being prepared:


    "The original cover, created in England, was intended as 'pop art' satire. However, a sampling of public opinion in the United States indicates that the cover design is subject to misinterpretation. For this reason, and to avoid any possible controversy or undeserved harm to The Beatles' image or reputation, Capitol has chosen to withdraw the LP and substitute a more generally acceptable design."


    All consumer copies of The Beatles' album will be packaged in the new cover, which will be available within the next week to 10 days. As soon as they are, we will forward you a copy. In the meantime, we would appreciate you disregarding the promotional album and, if at all possible, returning it C.O.D. to Capitol Records 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, Calif. 90028.


    Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Sincerely,

    Ron Tepper



    Possessing a Beatles record collection so astounding we've never seen its equal, Stan Panenka is a name known by virtually every serious Beatles collector. Though his first Beatles record was Hey Jude, bought in 1970, it wasn't until 1990 with his purchase of a copy of the Decca single "My Bonnie" that Stan began seriously collecting high-end American Beatles vinyl. Since then, his collection has grown to colossal proportions, in terms of both quantity and quality, making it quite possibly the greatest collection of United States-pressed Beatles records ever known. A large part of what makes this collection so important are his condition standards, which are stringent even among high-end dealers. He's never bought an album that wasn't at least Near Mint, bringing a "just-left-the-pressing-plant" quality to nearly every item in this incredible accumulation. As one of the preeminent experts in American Beatles records, Stan has written well-received price guides on Beatles vinyl, and is a walking treasure trove of information on the subject!

    Heritage is ecstatic to bring you this, the first taste of the absolute finest Beatles record collection ever viewed by our specialists, with more to come in November's auction! Here is your chance to own pieces of this historic collection!


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