Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes
Label: Atlantic - 588 190 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Gatefold • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Yesterday and Today is a studio album Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes the English rock band the Beatlestheir ninth album Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes on Capitol Records and twelfth overall American release. It was originally Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes only in the United States and Canada, in June Typical of the Beatles' North American discography untilthe album contains songs that Capitol had withheld from its versions of the band's recent EMI albums — in this case, Help!
The album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image. Taken by photographer Robert Whitakerand said to be the Beatles' statement against the Vietnam Living On Video - Trans-X - Living On Video this 'butcher cover' image showed the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of raw meat.
Others said it was the Beatles protesting the fact that their North American albums had been 'butchered' — switched around and not as originally intended. The album's title plays on the title of the song " Yesterday ".
Having been deleted from Capitol's catalogue inYesterday and Today was reissued on CD in In keeping with the record company's policy for all the Beatles' North American LPs untilCapitol Records selected songs for Yesterday and Today that the company had culled from the albums the band released in Britain and other territories overseen by EMItogether with tracks issued on what were non-album singles outside North America.
Yesterday and Today included tracks from the Beatles' two most recent LPs that had not yet been included on American albums, plus three from the LP they began recording in Aprilplus two songs which until then had only been released back-to-back on a single: . The hodge-podge nature in which Capitol compiled their albums for the North American market infuriated the Beatles.
Both Tim Riley  and American Songwriter journalist Jim Beviglia classified Yesterday and Today as a compilation album and MusicRadar said it was one in a series of "hit-filled compilation albums" that the American Capitol label "sliced and diced" from the Beatles' original British albums.
On 25 Marchphotographer Robert Whitaker had the Beatles in the studio for a conceptual art piece titled A Somnambulant Adventure. 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".
According to a interview published in Mojoformer 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 approximatelycopies of Yesterday and Today with this so-called 'butcher cover'. Reaction was immediate, as Capitol received complaints from some dealers. The record was immediately recalled under orders from Sir Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes Lockwoodchairman 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.
At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the 'butcher' photograph. Lennon said that it was "as relevant as Vietnam" and McCartney said that their critics were "soft". George Harrison said in The Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes Anthology that he thought the whole idea "was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. He added: "I thought it was disgusting and in poor taste … It suggested that they were madmen. Which they were, but not in that way.
Released on 20 June the Yesterday and Today album's controversial cover marked the first time the Beatles' judgment was criticised by the media and distributors. A similar photograph from the shoot with Whitaker appeared on Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes cover Смак - Овраг Подпольщиков - Овраглэнд the 11 June edition of the British magazine Disc and Music Echo  accompanied by a caption reading: "Beatles, What a Carve-Up!
Record World ' s reviewer included the LP among the magazine's "albums of the week" and wrote: "The new Beatle album contains a number of their recent hits … Also some rousing new ones like 'Drive My Car.
In earlyCapitol deleted Yesterday and Today and nine other Beatles albums from its catalogue. The company announced that over the next two years, the Beatles' catalogue would be streamlined to adhere to the band's EMI releases up to Revolver. Albums box set.
In a review of the box set for Mojo magazine, Jon Savage described Yesterday and Today as a "rag-bag of material" for which the withdrawn butcher cover was an apt depiction, since the album represented "the worst piece of vandalism" carried out by Capitol on the band's music. Although he acknowledged that the company's approach was in keeping with all of the band's previous US releases, Savage was critical of Capitol's failure to include "Paperback Writer" and its B-side, " Rain ", and for leaving the US version of Revolver with "three key songs Numbers designating where the covers originated were printed near the RIAA symbol on the back; for example, stereo copies One Irish Rover - Van Morrison - Have A Good Afternoon the Los Angeles plant were designated "5" and mono Los Angeles copies were marked "6".
Mono copies outnumbered stereo copies by about ten to one, making the stereo copies far more rare and valuable Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes collectors. Capitol initially ordered plant managers to destroy the covers, and the Jacksonville plant delivered most of its copies to a landfill. However, faced with so many jackets already printed, Capitol decided instead to paste the replacement cover over the old ones. Tens of thousands of these so-called 'trunk covers' were sent out.
As word of this manoeuvre became known to the public, owners of the altered cover attempted, usually unsuccessfully, to peel off the pasted-over cover, hoping to reveal the original image hidden beneath. Eventually, the soaring value and desirability of unpasted-over 'butcher covers' spurred the development of intricate and complex techniques for peeling the 'trunk cover' off in Now Let Me Tell You.
- Mekons* & Kathy Acker - Pussy, King Of The Pirates a way that only faint horizontal glue lines remained on the original cover. Copies that have never had the white cover pasted onto them, known as "first state" covers, are very rare and command the highest prices.
Today, "pasteover" covers that have remained unpeeled are also becoming increasingly rare and valuable; these can be identified if Ringo Starr 's black V-neck shirt from the original cover can be seen through the paste-over to the right of the trunk lid in alignment with the word "Today" from the album title.
Covers that have Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes the 'trunk cover' removed to reveal the underlying 'butcher' image are known as "third state" covers; these are now the most common and least valuable, although their value varies depending on how well the cover is removed as people continue to peel second state covers. The most valuable and highly prized first and second state 'butcher covers' are those that were never opened and remain still sealed in their original shrink-wrap.
InAlan Livingston released for sale 24 "first state" butcher covers from his private collection. When the original cover was scrapped in JuneLivingston took a case of already-sealed 'butcher cover' albums from the warehouse before they were to be pasted over with the new covers, and kept them in a closet at his home. These albums were first offered for sale at a Beatlefest convention at the Marriott Hotel near Los Yesterday And Today - Yes - Yes International Airport on Thanksgiving weekend by Livingston's son.
These still-sealed pristine items, which included nineteen mono and five stereo versions, are the very rarest and most valuable 'butcher covers' in existence. These so-called "Livingston Butchers" today command premium prices among collectors, the five stereo versions being the most rare and valuable of these.
An extremely rare original "first state" stereo copy that was not from the Livingston collection was presented for appraisal at a Chicago taping of the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.
影踏み - The GazettE - Division writes that the album was "beloved by fans at the time", yet it became "lost for decades after the transition to digital music" and notable instead for the 'butcher cover' episode. The cover is the 'butcher cover', but included in the CD is a sticker with the 'trunk cover'. All tracks are written by Lennon—McCartneyexcept where noted.
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