THE BEATLES "YESTERDAY & TODAY" AUTHENTIC MONO BUTCHER COVER FIRST STATE MINT
THE BEATLES "YESTERDAY & TODAY" BUTCHER COVER FIRST STATE
Original 1966 LP album cover The Beatles “Yesterday & Today”, first state “BUTCHER”, (Capitol Records T-2553), mono, released 15 June 1966. This particular album cover was un-circulated and never released for public consumption. It was acquired from the family of a former Capitol Records Distribution Center Manager in Boston, Joseph Sobeck. Due to the controversy over the nature of this photo, on the weekend of June 11th & 12th 1966, Capitol plant employees were assigned to open up thousands of “Yesterday & Today” albums, stacking the Butcher Covers in one pile and the inner sleeved records in another. Later, the inner sleeved albums were stored pending the delivery of the new “Trunk Cover” design. Present during the RECALL process of the Butcher Cover, Mr. Sobeck had instructed his employees that the record albums be “stripped” from the cover at the Boston Capitol Records facility, where thousands of covers were buried in a local dump or “pasted over” (re-covered with the “Trunk Cover” version). A small carton of First State Butcher Covers survived, personally stored away in Mr. Sobeck’s home since June 1966. This particular Butcher Cover is one of the LP covers from that carton. Accompanying this particular Butcher Cover are copies In-Office Capitol Records Letters/Memos:
- Letter dated March 16, 1964, congratulating Mr. Sobeck and his people for a successful release of the first Capitol Beatles album in America “Meet The Beatles”. Adds substantiation to the Mr. Sobeck authenticity, showing that it is from Stanley M. Gortikov, then Vice President and General Manager of Capitol Records Distributing Corp.
- The Letter cc’s Alan Livingston and Stephen Strohman. Letter is not significant to the Butcher Cover, but has historical impact.
- This document is the most significant. It is memo from the Mr. Sobeck to R.L. Howe, the National Distribution Manager detailing the destruction of 50,000 Butcher Covers at the local dump.
- “Butcher Recollection” essay from Mr. Sobeck giving remarkable details about the Butcher Cover’s history at Capitol.
- Newspaper clipping from Boston Globe (6/25/1966).
- Copy of the famous recall letter to Reviewers who had received Promo copies of the LP, from Capitol’s Press manager Ron Tepper, and Capitol’s Consumer Response letter from Mr. Tepper.
- Letter of Authenticity from Thomas P. Vanghele, proprietor Fab 4 Collectables, New York (3/26/2004).
The Beatles “Yesterday & Today”, Capitol T-2553 (Mono), Released June 15, 1966. Butcher Cover first state in original shrink wrap! Textural sleeve. Factory #3 pressing, Scranton, Pennsylvania. The album cover embodies all the necessary characteristics of an original authentic Capitol Records product from 1966. It is genuine and authentic in every aspect. This Cover has four factory shrink “breath holes”: two on the front and two on the back, located near the right edge of both sides running vertically. This factor substantiates and helps support authenticity. The album is completed the original mono record and the original orange inner sleeve. Record has black rainbow label without “subsidiary” rim print. First East Coast pressing, Scranton, PA. Matrix number: T1-2553-F11 #2 / T2-2553-G12 #2. Original orange inner sleeve is numbered PE-12-3BL. Conditions: Butcher Cover in original srinkwrap - un-circulated Mint! Record – Vg+ (labels in mint-). Inner sleeve – Ex.
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