It has been said that during this period, the Fabs were getting bored with the normal photo sessions they had been accustomed to and when Robert Whitaker showed up with these items, John jumped at the idea.
Known to be only two in existence, we are proud to present a prototype for the Beatles' Yesterday and Today First State "Butcher" cover in stereo!
Finding one is 10 times harder than finding a mono First State "Butcher" cover, never mind locating a stereo prototype! John Lennon himself was the only other person confirmed to have owned a blank-back stereo "Butcher" cover prototype. The Beatles Yesterday and Today album was first prepared for release in the United States on June 15, on Capitol Records in both mono 90 percent and stereo 10 percent. Capitol Records prepared , covers for the album's release featuring this cover artwork before testing consumer reaction.
The new album cover design featured the Beatles sitting around a steamer trunk, thus giving it the "Trunk" cover nickname. Also photographed by Robert Whitaker, you can see the less than enthusiastic facial expressions on the Beatles faces.
During the design cycle for the Yesterday and Today album, prototype mock-up images and only two confirmed fully constructed covers were manufactured for internal review as well as review by the artists themselves. This particular First State stereo "Butcher" cover prototype was manufactured at the Capitol Records subcontractor's pressing plant, Queens Lithography Corp. Submit bid Resume bidding , if the page doesn't update immediately.
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