Offered for sale is an authentic Beatles Yesterday and Today LP (Capitol Records T2553 Stereo), which has had the new cover graphics peeled off the original album cover, and is one the band's most collected and sought after releases(see bio info below). The item is in "GOOD" condition (see details above), and is still suitable for usage or display. The asking price is $299.99 + FREE shipping/handling (U.S. Domestic), and feel free to contact me with further questions or comments.
Yesterday and Today
Yesterday and TodayStudio albumbythe BeatlesReleased20June1966Recorded1965–66StudioEMI Studios,LondonGenreRock,psychedelic rock,folk rockLength27:33LabelCapitolProducerGeorge MartinThe BeatlesNorth AmericanchronologyRubber Soul
(1965)Yesterday and Today
The controversial original "butcher" cover
Professional ratingsReview scoresSourceRatingAllMusicEncyclopedia of Popular MusicThe Rolling Stone Album Guide
Yesterday and Todayis astudio albumbythe Beatles, their ninth album released onCapitol Recordsand eleventh overall American release. It was originally issued only in the United States and Canada. In the 1970s it was issued in Japan. A later UK release (on Compact Disc) followed in 2014. The album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image, the "butchercover" featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat. The album's title is based on the song "Yesterday". Early album coverproofsshow the word "Yesterday" in quotes.
BothTim RileyandAmerican Songwriterjournalist Jim Beviglia classifiedYesterday and Todayas acompilation album,andMusicRadarsaid it was one in a series of "hit-filled compilation albums" that the AmericanCapitollabel "sliced and diced" from the Beatles' original British albums.
Yesterday and Todayincluded tracks from the Beatles' two most recent BritishLPs
which had not yet been included on American albums, plus three from their upcoming LP in the United Kingdom, plus two songs which were back-to-back on a single:
- from the UK LPHelp!, the tracks "Act Naturally" and "Yesterday" (earlier issued byCapitolas a single)
- from the UK LPRubber Soul, the tracks "Nowhere Man" and "What Goes On" (also earlier issued by Capitol as a single), plus "Drive My Car" and "If I Needed Someone."
- both sides of thedouble A-sidesingle "Day Tripper"/"We Can Work It Out"
- from the not-yet-released UK LPRevolver, the tracks "I'm Only Sleeping", "Doctor Robert", and "And Your Bird Can Sing," issued here induophonicmixes (see below).(These three tracks appeared in true stereo on tape releases and later vinyl releases. The true stereo mixes of "I'm Only Sleeping," "Doctor Robert," and "And Your Bird Can Sing" that appear onYesterday and Todayare different from the ones used for the subsequent release ofRevolverin the UK,and currently remain unreleased on compact disc.)
The hodge-podge nature in whichCapitol Records
compiled their albums irritated the group, who felt they had "put a lot of work into the sequencing" of the British albums.
Released on 20 June 1966, theYesterday and Todayalbum's controversial cover (see section below) marked the first time the Beatles' judgement was criticised by the media and distributors. After advance copies were sent to disc jockeys and record reviewers, negative reaction to the cover photo was so strong Capitol recalled 750,000 copies from distributors to replace the cover. The total cost to Capitol to replace the cover and promotional materials was $250,000, wiping out their initial profit.
Nevertheless, the album reached #1 on the US Billboard charts by 30 July 1966 and certified gold soon after. It stayed at number one for five weeks.
On 25 March 1966, photographerRobert Whitaker
had the Beatles in the studio for aconceptual art
piece titledA Somnambulant Adventure. For the shoot, Whitaker took a series of pictures of the group dressed in butcher smocks and draped with pieces of meat and body parts from plastic baby dolls. The group played along as they were tired of the usual photo shoots—Lennon recalled the band having "boredom and resentment at having to doanotherphoto session andanotherBeatles thing"
—and the concept was compatible with their own black humour.
Although not originally intended as an album cover, the Beatles submitted photographs from the session for their promotional materials. According to a 2002 interview published inMojo
, former Capitol presidentAlan W. Livingston
stated that it wasPaul McCartney
who pushed strongly for the photo's inclusion as the album cover, and that McCartney reportedly described it as "our comment on the[Vietnam] war
A photograph of the band smiling amid the mock carnage was used as promotional advertisements for the British release of the "Paperback Writer
" single. A similar photograph from this shoot was used for the cover of the 11 June 1966 edition of the British music magazineDisc
In the United States,Capitol Records
printed approximately 750,000 copies ofYesterday and Todaywith the same photograph as "Paperback Writer".
They were assembled in Capitol's four US plants situated in different cities:Los Angeles, California
; andJacksonville, Illinois
. Numbers designating where the covers originated were printed near the RIAA symbol on the back; for example, stereo copies from the Los Angeles plant are designated "5" and mono Los Angeles copies are marked "6". Mono copies outnumbered stereo copies by about ten to one, making the stereo copies far more rare and valuable to collectors. A small fraction of the original covers were shipped to disc jockeys and reviewers as advance copies. Reaction was immediate, as Capitol received complaints from some dealers. The record was immediately recalled under orders from Capitol parent companyEMI
chairmanSir Joseph Lockwood
and all copies were ordered shipped back to the record label, leading to its rarity and popularity among collectors.
At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. Lennon said that it was "as relevant asVietnam
" and McCartney said that their critics were "soft".
However, this opinion was not shared by all band members.George Harrison
said inThe Beatles Anthology
that he thought the whole idea "was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them."
In 2007George Martin
, the Beatles' producer, recalled that the cover had been the cause of his first strong disagreement with the band. He added: "I thought it was disgusting and in poor taste … It suggested that they were madmen. Which they were, but not in that way."
Capitol initially ordered plant managers to destroy the covers, and the Jacksonville plant delivered most of its copies to a landfill. However, faced with so many jackets already printed, Capitol decided instead to paste a much more conventional cover over the old ones. The new cover, featuring a picture of the band posed around an open steamer trunk, had to be trimmed on the open end by about 3mm (1/8inch) because the new sheet, known as a "slick", was not placed exactly "square" on top of the original cover. Tens of thousands of these so-called "Trunk" covers were sent out. As word of this manoeuvre became known to the public, owners of the altered cover attempted, usually unsuccessfully, to peel off the pasted-over cover, hoping to reveal the original image hidden beneath. Eventually, the soaring value and desirability of unpasted-over Butcher covers spurred the development of intricate and complex techniques for peeling the Trunk cover off in such a way that only faint horizontal glue lines remained on the original cover.
Copies that have never had the white cover pasted onto them, known as "first state" covers, are ve