Is There a Beatles "Butcher" Cover Underneath this Yesterday and Today Album Cover?
Could this innocent looking photo of The Beatles be a cover up of the recalled Butcher album cover, as it's now known?
How can you tell if the album of "Yesterday And Today" with the band hanging around an open trunk is actually one of the
tens of thousands slicks that was pasted over to hide the original cover?
If you're a Beatles fan, then you probably know about the recall of 750,000 albums distributed in June 1966 by Capitol
records. The original cover photo (taken by Robert Whitaker) had the band members wearing white lab jackets with ripped
off doll heads and raw meat scattered over them. A little strong for that era - even though it was described as "conceptual
When Capitol records altered the cover with the new "Trunk" photo, it wasn't placed in exact alignment and had to be
trimmed 1/8" to 3/16" of an inch. So, if you look real close, you can see a bleed-through of Ringo's black V-Neck sweater.
It wasn't long after this new cover reissue before the record buying community caught onto this altered version and started
peeling off the top sheet to reveal the original image underneath.
As the value climbed and collector interest piqued, techniques were developed for uncovering this hidden treasure and
keeping it intact.
|The Beatles "Yesterday and
|If the album has a
Gold Record Award Seal
on it, it is
NOT an original
The Three States of "Yesterday And Today"
There are three different versions of the record album that are known as "States."
1. First State:
The original release with the controversial image is called the "First State." They, of course, are the rarest, hardest to
find and the most valuable. (Read about Alan Livingston's Collection below)
2. Second State:
Copies of the album with the paste over "Trunk" image that are unpeeled are referred to as the "Second State." They,
too, have become increasingly harder to find and rising in value, especially if it's in its original sealed wrap.
3. Third State:
Then, you have the albums that originally had the paste over, but have been peeled and reveal the "Butcher" photo
that are known as the "Third State." The value of these albums depend on how skillfully it was peeled.
What are the albums worth? - The value differs with the "State" and the "Condition"
A popular reference book for vinyl values is the It lists all the available
"Yesterday And Today" releases with Identifying Number, Title, Year and Value (based on Near Mint condition).
One thing to keep in mind is condition. You've heard the saying in real estate that it's "location, location, location." It
can't be stressed enough that condition is comparable to a grading system; the higher the grade, the higher the
value. Also, as it is with everything, - it is worth what someone will pay for it. Meaning, it may value over or below
market price depending on timing of the sale and finding the right buyer.
Some guidelines from Goldmine quote the "First State" Stereo issue at around $4000 to $8000 depending on
condition; "Second State" Stereo issue at $1000 in Near Mint condition to "Third State" at around $1200 (price
depending on the success of the peel). This is just a guideline, as with most memorabilia, it holds a personal value to
each individual differently.
Goldmine is an excellent source for record collectors and lists many other Beatles albums along with over 600 pages
and 70,000 vinyl LPs with estimated values. There are also articles and info on buying and selling; and ads in the
back listing supplies for cleaning, storing, framing and shipping your vinyls.
|Each of these albums were
in Stereo and Mono
To Peel or Not To Peel...
If your album is a "Second State"
and you want to keep it as an
investment; it may be best NOT
to peel it. But if you're a fan you
may want the coveted photo
revealed. Keep in mind there are
also professional services that
will peel the album for you.
|Note Ringo's black V-neck sweater
position to recognize bleed
through from the original cover
image. At first it may be hard to
see but once you know where to
look, it becomes easier.
|The Beatles "Yesterday and
Today" album cover
|The Beatles "Butcher" Album