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The Beatles MONO Butcher Cover "Yesterday and Today" Sealed Record Album Cover

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This is a Sealed exact Reproduction of a 1st State MONO Butcher Cover which also includes a copy of the 1966 Recall Letter released by Capitol Records. An Original Sealed 1st State Butcher Cover recently sold on on ebay for over $28,000 If you can't afford that, this is your best alternative. READY TO BE FRAMED! IN MINT CONDITION This is an AMAZING Brand New Japanese release of the Butcher Cover for the album "Yesterday and Today" ORIGINAL MINT JAPANESE BUTCHER COVERS ARE NOW SELLING FOR $350 AND MORE! This is an absolutely perfect Reproduction of the Yesterday and Today BUTCHER album cover in Mint pristine condition. Includes a record, which is not the Beatles and is for effect only. It is constructed exactly as the original was. Measures and sizes are exactly as the original. Even the cardboard and the slicks have been folded exactly as the original. The original Yesterday and Today album cover issued in the United States in June 1966 featured a color photo taken by Robert Whitaker of the group dressed in white butcher smocks and draped in pieces of raw meat and the parts of several dismembered dolls. This controversial album design soon became known as "The Butcher Cover" Upon it's release the Yesterday and Today cover shocked most most radio station dj's, record reviewers and store owners and was immediately recalled. John Lennon once stated that "....it was inspired by boredom and resentment at having to do another photo session and Beatle thing". Oddly enough, that photo had not been intended to be used as an album cover at all when it was taken, but in fact was part of a collection of shots that comprised a photo series titled the "Somnambulant Adventure". The series was never published. THIS IS AN INVESTMENT GRADE COVER

Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B002C0ZJUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
There are 8 unique mixes on the original Capitol Y&T stereo and mono lp's. Only 5 of them are on this CD. The unique US mixes you _won't_ find here are: I'm Only Sleeping, Dr. Robert, And You Bird Can Sing (stereo, UK mixes are substituted for all three tracks). Also the mono Dr. Robert is the unique US mono mix however the spoken outtro by Lennon has been chopped off. There has been widespread criticism of almost all these Beatles Capitol reissues where other original unique-to-NorthAmerica mixes have been substituted for UK mixes with no disclaimer.
The buyer is advised to check blogs and Beatles forums for more details regarding each release and what has and has not been tampered with.
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A hodge podge of an album created from tracks not put on the American versions of "Help!", "Rubber Soul" and released early from "Revolver", "Yesterday and Today" really had no right to be a terrific album.

Yet it holds together remarkably well.

We get 22 tracks--both mono and stereo tracks.

There are five unique mixes here (some of them more subtle than others in terms of their differences) for the U.S. that either haven't appeared before on CD or appear remastered here for the first time.

"I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Doctor Robert" (all mono) differ slightly from their U.K. counterparts. "We Can Work It Out" and "Day Tripper" use the earlier 1966 stereo mixes (and "Day Tripper" has the "drop out flaw" evident on earlier versions of the song).

Unfortunately, the unique stereo mixes for the three from "Revolver" (which hadn't been released yet--George Martin gave early mixes to Capitol for this release on LP) and duophonic versions that were on the first pressing aren't here either (the latter isn't as much of a loss as they were basically mono versions with a bit more treble and slightly out of phase compared to the other track).

The remixes for the 1987 versions of "Help!" and "Rubber Soul" are used here rather than the original mixes.

So this edition isn't quite authentic but it does sound pretty good.

Except for the unique tracks mentioned earlier these are ALL the 2009 remasters just repurposed for this set.

The packaging--

One area this release excels at is the packaging.
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I was hoping That this Album would have the US version of "I'm Only Sleeping" not the UK version.I've Waited a long time for it and I'm very very disapointed that the US track is not on the CD.You would think that the surviving members of the group would give the green light to remaster the ONE song.But alas,I guess that they want fans to go gaga over the butcher cover instead.
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I agree with Owsley "60's addict" summation of this CD. His review is a few reviews down on this page. People thinking of buying this CD should read it before buying. I'll just add a bit more information so you can judge for yourself whether this CD is for you. What some people might not know is the 4 Rubber Soul and the 2 Help tracks (Stereo) are 1987 remixes not 1965 original stereo mixes like the original album. They were released in 2009 on the Help and Rubber Soul Mono box set, therefore could have been used here under the guidelines the company set for themselves. Doing that would at least have made this CD closer to the real release. These record companies should take a page from the bootleggers book on how to officially release proper material at least they know how to get it right.
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With the gazillions of Beatles reviews and opinions on here and not having the time to read through them all, please forgive me if I had repeated what anyone else has said ... This is my take on the 2014 CD re-master of "Yesterday and Today" by The Beatles...

This U.S. Beatles compilation is interesting in that it will always be the one to feature TWO songs sung by Ringo!

While being disappointed and disgusted with the fact that the 1965 stereo mixes were not used for this CD release, I was rather surprised, but relieved, that the stereo mixes of both "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out," as heard on the original stereo vinyl edition of "Yesterday and Today," were actually used! These mixes are different from the mixes that appeared on "Past Masters," "1," and the "Red (Hits) Album," in that there is no "echo" attached to the vocals. Also, the "Y & T" stereo mix of "Day Tripper" starts off with only one electric guitar (Not "duel" electric guitars) and fades out a few seconds later than the more common mixes. For the "Y & T" stereo mix of "We Can Work It Out," the harmonium is "centered" during the choruses and not on the right-hand stereo channel, plus there is a quicker fade at the end of the song. In addition, I remember the cassette version "ruining" the stereo mixes, as everything that was supposed to appear on the right-hand stereo channel was more "centered," much like the 1987 stereo mixes ... Not sure why that happened, and I had bought two different copies to make sure, and it was the same thing!

Being that I first heard the cassette version of this album, I liked the sequence of songs on that version better ...
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