These are referred to as "First State Butcher Covers". Even Capitol Records President Alan Livingston personally saved several sealed mono and stereo first state copies of the lp for two decades before giving them to his son Peter who eventually sold them to record dealers at a Beatles Fan Convention in the mid 's. Peter Livingston didn't have a crystal ball at the time he hastily sold these, and only reportedly received what top quality investment grade peeled versions sell for these days.
Rather than take a financial bath by destroying hundreds of thousands of copies of the albums in question and starting from scratch by manufacturing completely new cardboard jackets and corresponding cover slicks, Capitol records devised a clever scheme to take the existing jackets and cover just the front of the jacket with the more familiar and socially acceptable cover slick now commonly referred to as the "trunk cover".
It is called the trunk cover due to the fact that the Beatles are pictured surrounding a steamer trunk which was used as a spur of the moment photographic prop. Initially, Capitol destroyed a great quantity of the original first state butcher covers prior to implementing the plan to cover the remaining offending jackets with the now more familiar trunk cover as an economical solution to a seriously grim situation. First state butcher covers that have been pasted over by the trunk cover at the Capitol factory are known in the collecting community as "Second State Butcher Covers".
Eventually, Beatle fans figured out that the offending cover was hidden beneath the mundane trunk cover of the first issue copies and began to attempt to remove the cover. Sometimes these attempts were somewhat successful, but more often than not, consumers either seriously damaged or completely destroyed the butcher cover in the process of attempting to remove the trunk slick. Today, there are only a small handful of "professional butcher peelers" that can consistently remove the trunk slick with great results.
We place ourselves in that handful having produced hundreds of successful peels over the years. These second state butcher covers that have been peeled are referred to as "Third State Butcher Covers". A true pasteover butcher cover will obviously show what will look like a upside down black colored triangle in the white area of the Yesterday and Today slick halfway in between the top edge of the steamer trunk near Ringo's elbow and the mouth edge open end where the record goes in.
At those shows anyone who showed up was handed an instrument and quickly made part of the band. During the recording we attempted to bring that organic singalong rowdiness of the live show into the recording.
We brought in about 20 close friends for a Sunday morning booze soaked choir session. We made sure that every instrument of the recording was made of wood and powered by a musician, there are no electric instruments and hardly any effects on this record. Thank You You have been subscribed to Amoeba newsletter. Falling in Love. Big Bad Thing. Still in the Kitchen.
Hungarian Love Song. The New World. Who Loves You Now? Capitol Records quickly recalled all copies of the album before they reached the sales racks and pasted a more innocuous picture of the Beatles sitting around a steamer trunk over the original cover. The picture was the brainchild of photographer Robert Whitaker; taken as part of a series of photographs, it was used, unfinished and out of context, for the Yesterday and Today cover.
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