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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #60 on: June 19, 2012, 10:45:04 PM »

The crazy thing, to me, is that Capitol actually printed that cover.

 ;D  Totally agree.
Why on earth would they have used such a photo?!?
There must have been other stills to use for an album cover - the Paperback Writer/Rain promo video stills, for example, one of which was used for the UK EP Nowhere Man in July 1966.
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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #61 on: June 19, 2012, 11:54:47 PM »

Has anyone noticed anything odd about the photograph used on the Yesterday...And Today album?


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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #62 on: June 20, 2012, 08:11:01 AM »

Has anyone noticed anything odd about the photograph used on the Yesterday...And Today album?

Er .... Paul is dead?  ;D
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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #63 on: June 20, 2012, 11:21:02 AM »

Has anyone noticed anything odd about the photograph used on the Yesterday...And Today album?


Seems to me that they reversed the negative before printing the photo. Unless John parted his hair differently that day.
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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #64 on: June 20, 2012, 12:47:59 PM »

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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #65 on: June 20, 2012, 01:10:10 PM »

According to this site ...

http://www.friktech.com/btls/covers.htm

 ... the trunk cover was actually meant to be the original cover and several proof designs were made up.
But then the Beatles saw the butcher photos and chose one of those for the cover instead.
Later, when the butcher covers were recalled, a new trunk cover was hastily assembled.

Interestingly, all known cover designs have the trunk cover reversed. Perhaps it was because the original background of that photo has a light area in the top right (when reversed) which was ideal for placement of the Capitol logo at the top right of the sleeve. Had it not been reversed the photo would have had a darker area up at the top right corner which could have masked the Capitol logo. That's just my speculation, of course. I doubt we'll ever know for sure.
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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #66 on: June 20, 2012, 01:20:38 PM »

Here's a picture of Brian Epstein with another alternate cover for Yesterday and Today - note the different font for the title and the lack of a song listing.
This was presumably taken on 19/20 May 1966 when the band were filming the Paperback Writer/Rain promo videos.
Yesterday and Today wasn't released until 20 June 1966, which proves that the original trunk cover pre-dated the butcher cover.

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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #67 on: June 21, 2012, 12:29:37 AM »

Er .... Paul is dead?  ;D

 ;)


Nice research on the cover, Peter.  Thank you for posting it.

I looked at that cover for the longest time after I bought the LP it when it was released.  All their faces looked odd.  I finally noticed the buttons on their shirts.  They were on the left side, conventional for women's blouses.  Then I noticed Paul and John's hair parted differently, as TomMo mentioned.  I figured the picture was a mirror image.

It's funny seeing Brian Epstein examining that cover with the reversed picture.  I wonder if he noticed.


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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #68 on: June 21, 2012, 01:21:37 AM »

Yes, Peter. Good work. And now we have another indication that "someone" made a hasty decision to send Capitol the butcher photo.

When I first saw the trunk picture, I thought they were wax dummies. Maybe they were stoned, judging the look in their eyes.
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« Reply #69 on: June 21, 2012, 02:40:16 AM »

When I first saw the trunk picture, I thought they were wax dummies.

No, only Paul was a wax dummy as he was dead.    ;D
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« Reply #70 on: June 21, 2012, 08:30:03 AM »

No, only Paul was a wax dummy as he was dead.    ;D


Yep - and they even put him a "coffin" just to prove it ...

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« Reply #71 on: June 21, 2012, 05:52:03 PM »

Yep - and they even put him a "coffin" just to prove it ...




He looks so peaceful.
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« Reply #72 on: June 21, 2012, 06:39:34 PM »

He looks so peaceful.

And only 24 - what a tragic waste ....  ;)
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Re: Yesterday & Today Butcher Cover
« Reply #73 on: April 09, 2015, 08:04:29 PM »

Does anyone know how many Butcher covers there are in existence today?
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