THE BEATLES LP "YESTERDAY and TODAY" CAPITOL RECORDS# T-2553 Mono. This Rare release is featured herein excellent conditionfor your Collection. Professionally Peeled by Jim Hansen from "Blue Jay Way" Galleries. Jim is the Best in The Business. The Graphics here are Stunningly Clear and appear to be free of any flaws. Sold one 2 weeks ago in the Same Condition and Received Positive Feedback... so Bid with Confidence!!
The Cover shows light wear and looks Great. Grade VG++....Excellent Shape. Looks Great! Ready for Framing!
The Record shows nice gloss with light scuffs and looks great. Grade VG...Nice Shape! See Below......
In early 1966, photographer Robert Whitaker had the Beatles in the studio for a conceptual art piece titled A 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 do another photo session and another Beatles 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 in Mojo magazine, former Capitol president Alan W. Livingston stated that it was Paul 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 magazine Disc.
In the United States, Capitol Records printed approximately 750,000 copies of Yesterday and Today with the same photograph as Paperback Writer. They were assembled in Capitol's four US plants situated in different cities: Los Angeles, California; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Winchester, Virginia; and Jacksonville, 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 company EMI chairman Sir 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. John Lennon said that it was "as relevant as Vietnam" and McCartney said that their critics were "soft". However, this opinion was not shared by all band members. George Harrison
(who became a vegetarian) was quoted as saying 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." Capitol Records apologised for the offence.
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M Mint - usually reserved for sealed records.
NMNear Mint with only one or two insignificant defects.
VG++ (or NM-) Extremely nice, would be NM except for a few light hairlinescratches or scuffs which do not affect play.
VG+ A nice but used record that may have a series of light scuffs or scratches. It may play with a few pops or ticks but no serious problems.
VG A well used record that still sounds OK but may have moderate surface noise, pops, etc.
VG- A very worn record that plays through without skipping that will do until a better copy comes along!