BEATLES YESTERDAY AND TODAY 2nd STATE STEREO BUTCHER LP CAPITOL ST-2553
February 22, 2017
March 04, 2017
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Up for auction:
BEATLES YESTERDAY AND TODAY 2nd STATE STEREO BUTCHER LP CAPITOL ST-2553 First and foremost, let me say that I am
not a collector of Beatles memorabilia or vinyl, so I can not comment on conditions and grading and such. I also have not owned a record player since the 1980's and can not comment on sound quality. What I can do is take the very best pictures I can, and try to answer any questions that you may want to ask. But....
This is a rare record. That I do know. :)) The "Butcher" cover is considered one of the most controversial album covers of flawed marketing campaigns in history. It was a huge misstep by Capitol Records. It was banned by Capitol prior to commercial distribution in 1966 because the public was disturbed by the graphic cover. The Beatles dressed in butcher smocks surrounded by raw meat and decapitated baby doll parts was a bit intense for the mid- 60's crowd.
This is the stereo version of that album, released by Capitol Records in 1966, recorded in England. My research found that the surviving mono versions of this album outnumber the stereo versions somewhere around 10-1, making this stereo press quite a find!
The album cover has some obvious scuffs from love and storage. Please zoom in on any picture to fully inspect all conditions. I have photographed every inch of this masterpiece.
The spine appears to be in good shape, and even my untrained eye can see the dark triangle of the black turtleneck under the paste over. I think I was able to capture it in the photos, I know true collectors will have no difficulty seeing it. The paste over is intact, no one appears to have ever tried picking away at it in their youth. I think its cool that such a controversial, albeit grotesque, photo is just under the surface of this 50+ year old relic.
The 2 next to the RIAA on the
back cover identifies it as made in Scranton, PA.
There are two areas that appear to have small splits, where the album slides into the cover. One is approximately 1 1/2 inches, the opposite side has the same slit, less than 1 inch. Again, I also tried to capture that in the photos. Thanks for looking at my auction. Have an awesome day!