Here’s our newest acquisition. The infamous Beatles first state butcher cover. The cover does show some age, toning and wear, but it’s a true first state cover. This copy is a Los Angeles mono. Less than 150 are known to exist.
On 25 March 1966, photographer Robert Whitaker had the Beatles in the studio for a conceptual art piece titled A Somnambulant Adventure. For the shoot, Whitaker took a series of pictures of the group dressed in butcher smocks and draped with pieces of meat and body parts from plastic baby dolls.
The group played along, as they were tired of the usual photo shoots; Lennon recalled the band's "boredom and resentment at having to do another photo session and another Beatles thing". Whitaker's concept was also compatible with their own black humor.
Although not originally intended as an album cover, the Beatles submitted photographs from the session for their promotional materials. According to a 2002 interview published in Mojo, former Capitol president Alan W. Livingston stated that it was Paul McCartney who pushed strongly for the photo's inclusion as the album cover, and that McCartney reportedly described it as "our comment on the Vietnam war". In the United States, Capitol Records printed approximately 750,000 copies of Yesterday and Today with this so-called 'butcher cover'. A fraction of the original covers were shipped to disc jockeys and reviewers as advance copies. Reaction was immediate, as Capitol received complaints from some dealers. The record was immediately recalled under orders from Sir Joseph Lockwood, chairman of Capitol's parent company EMI,and all copies were ordered shipped back to the record label, leading to its rarity and popularity among collectors.
The cover photo was replaced with a picture of the four band members posed around an open trunk. Lennon described the replacement as "an awful looking photo of us looking just as deadbeat but supposed to be a happy-go-lucky foursome". Issued June 1966
Vent Sessions Vol 12. 🦞🌟🦞🌟🦞🌟🌟 Instrumental @justblaze - Dear Summer Classic Bleek And Jay Z Record. I Call This Here Say 👥🌪.... I Use To Try To Be To Be So Cool When I Was Younger Realizing People Don’t Care And You Gotta Find Peace Within Yourself. Don’t Forget To Like And Comment Thanks In Advance 🦞🦞🦞