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Rare Beatles Album with Controversial “Butcher Cover“ Being Auctioned


Controversy surrounded Capital Records and the Beatles in the summer of 1966 when they released an album titled “The Beatles: Yesterday and Today”. What was meant to be a parody was almost immediately recalled by Capital. The reason for the recall was that Paul, John, George and Ringo of The Beatles had dressed in white butcher outfits and covered their bodies in chunks of raw meat and decapitated baby dolls - and it was this image that made it to the album cover.

Now, 44 years later, a “first state” California example of this record is being auctioned. It is considered one of the finest known copies in existence and at the time of this press release, the bidding had reached $9,100 and is scheduled to end on January 12th. It is rare, because in most cases, the albums were either destroyed as requested or sent back to Capital Records at Capitals expense. When Capital received the albums back, they in many cases simply put a sticker with the new album cover over the old one, and shipped them back out. “Second” state copies of the album are ones where that sticker has been peeled off, often resulting in damage to the underlying cover. A first state copy is one that was never sent back at all and the one being auctioned is still factory sealed. Rare indeed!

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