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    The Beatles Yesterday and Today First State Stereo Butcher Cover Capitol ST-2553 (1966). Released 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. The 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.

    So, Capitol hurriedly selected an alternate cover (the "Trunk" cover), and withdrew the Butcher Cover. At that point Capitol supposedly had losses of $250,000 before the album was ever officially released to the public. To save money they used as many of the original jackets as they could by covering the butcher image with the new Trunk image. This is the first issue example that originally showed the Butcher Cover image.

    This is also the Stereo version. Around 85% were Mono and 15% were Stereo. This example came from the Los Angeles, California West coast pressing plant. The LP color advertisement inner sleeve is golden/bright orange in color, featuring the phrase "Capitol 66 Sounds Great!" which was predominantly used between late spring and winter 1966.

    Also included is a copy of the recall letter from Ron Tepper, Manager Press & Information Services for Capitol Records. Condition: cover is EX-7 with minor razor blade cut line down the right side. Note: When the cover was first recalled a Capitol employee used a razor to remove the shrink wrap prepping it for the paste over, see image. The employee then decided to take it home as a souvenir. I wish that person would have just left it sealed but a wonderful story indeed. The disc is VG EX 6.5 with a scratch on the track "Im only sleeping" some clicks during play but no skips. This stereo album is one of the most displayable and desirable pieces in the hobby. Add this rare example of Beatles history to the collection. COA from leading Beatles Expert and renowned Author of "The Price Guide For The Beatles American Records" Perry Cox, LOA from Beatles Authority Gary M. Hein of Hein's Rare Collectibles, and COA from Heritage Auctions.




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