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2021 May 1 - 2 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7238

The Beatles Yesterday and Today First State Butcher Cover Stereo LP in Original Shrink Wrap (Capitol ST-2553, 1966)


Unbelievably pristine copy of what's arguably the most famous -- or infamous -- single item of all Beatles memorabilia. This original cover for the Yesterday and Today album caused such a stir before hitting retail markets that virtually all copies were pulled before the public could purchase one at retail outlets. The album was released in the US in 1966, in-between Rubber Soul and Revolver.

This was the ninth US release by Capitol Records, June 15th, 1966. The title was based on the inclusion of the hit "Yesterday." As always with Capitol, the album was a mish-mash of songs and has no British counterpart at all: There were tracks from the UK Help!, UK Rubber Soul, both sides of the single "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work it Out" are included, and songs from the Revolver album not yet released. The Beatles resented how their US record company did this, as they always put a lot of thought and effort into the tracks and order on all their UK albums.