Updated: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:22:46 GMT | By Ian Shirley, editor, Rare Record Price Guide
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The Beatles, Yesterday And Today: £2,000



The Beatles, Yesterday And Today (1966, Capitol S/T2553 US) (© Image © Record Collector)
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In 1966, Capitol decided to release a Beatles compilation, culling tracks from Help!, Rubber Soul and their next LP, Revolver. The cover shot was taken by photographer Robert Whittaker in Chelsea, London, on 25 March 1966, with the Fab Four wearing butchers' overalls covered in meat.

Capitol pressed 750,000 copies of the LP but, when promotional albums were sent out, the cover received such a negative reaction that Capitol decided to change the sleeve. Rather than incur the expense of a full reprint, they produced the new cover image - with the boys posing around a trunk - and pasted them over the original "butcher" picture.

The LPs were then sent out for distribution. The "butcher" cover is one of the most notorious Beatles' covers. Collectors seek it in three "states": the pure edition which was not subjected to a paste over; the retooled album with the paste-over cover (around £1,500); and a "peeled" version where a fan or dealer has painstakingly removed the replacement image to reveal the "butcher" beneath.

33Comments
04/01/2012 12:34
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My wife has an 'almost-new' white-Beatles stereo album - with the poster inserts intact in their original folds. - Reading the MSN values we 'leapt' [ well staggered ] for the cupboard to find that Her sleeve is of the embossed version, in quite good condition [ for 40 yr-old ] but is un-numbered.....  The records have been played but are unscratched - could do with a 'clean-up'.

Any views of the 'value' as stated ? ?  She has visions of a new-car - I'd settle for a bicycle but, it's her record..... 'a-musical'  Dave

03/01/2012 13:55
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This is Just another advertising feature - no info whatsover
03/01/2012 16:57
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nfortunately, all these records are only worth the valuations if they & the cover are in pristeen condition. Even the slightest scratch or dog-eared edge will devalue it massively. So if it's not perfect, don't get your hopes up too high.......

03/01/2012 23:16
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My partnew has the beatles sargent pepper's lonely hearts club band in original sleeve, so where can she get it valued, and who might buy it from her? She also has boxed limited edition sets, e.g the motown story, ELO 4 album set, blue vinyl edition of classical rock. Are these valuable too?
03/01/2012 21:13
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I have a Elvis vinyl LP in pink played only onec been trying to see if that was worth anything?

 

03/01/2012 18:48
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hi ive got led zepplin ll  1969 . side one track 3 on cover says the lemon song but on lp says killing floor . is it rare?
11/01/2012 17:31
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I have a copy of a record - 12 inch - by the Shadows. It is vinyl and has two tacks on only one side that run simultaneously to each other. I does mean that when the stylus goes onto the record it will perhaps pick the same track up each time and you would never hear the other track. The tracks are "Theme from the Deer Hunter" and "Don"t Cry For Me Argentina" issued by EMI.

I bought the record in a store in Holland a few years back. I have not seen this type of record listed for value purposes.

Ant thoughts.

 

03/01/2012 16:33
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my mom swears she has loads of elvis LPs!!!  shes sure shes got quite a few of the ones on show!
03/01/2012 14:50
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I have to admit to having three Elvis Presley Albums still!!! :) sad I know
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I am delighted to say that I have none of these sleeves and have never had any.

There can be nothing worse than knowing that you had something valuable and gave it away, probably to some twit who delivered it on to the bin.

(I took a specially ordered black sleeved copy of Genesis's "From Genesis to Revelation" (IN MONO) to Russia once.

Still, you can't hold on to everything.

 

Peace.

03/01/2012 15:47
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I think the old record sleeves are so decorative . I am surprised there are so few of them around still. I have a few but sadly ha .none of the above ones .
03/01/2012 14:48
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i cant believe you havent got jean michel jarre in this list Musique Four supermarche as its priceless only one copy was ever made or any jimi hendrix records in there there are records that are alot more rare than this list.
03/01/2012 20:03
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all featured above are mega rare.....look for beatles in excellent condition,,or any mid to late 60s rock albums with amazing artwork,if you haavent heard of the band it may still be rare,remember  condition is everything
03/01/2012 18:37
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Same scam as always. I've got loads of Albums in perfect condition but can't get rid of them so they just stay in the box. Tried everything but unless you pay no one helps.
03/01/2012 19:23
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well i would to know how much that book set with the elvis cover are worth on this picture in gold cover  iv had mine years
10/01/2012 23:43
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Years and years ago, before I realised vinyl could be valuable, I sold a Beatles White Album at a car boot for £2. How gutted am I! Ever since, I've held on to my vinyl but nothing I have seems to be valuable. GRRRRRRRRR!
04/01/2012 00:22
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i ave the Animals, house of the rising sun on a picture record also U2 new years day on original record label 
03/01/2012 21:54
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hello peter sex pistols GSTQ only worth something if on a&m a good 1 about £6000.Virgin 1 not worth anything.
16/02/2012 18:56
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I have a record 33 and a third RPM from the BBC Transcription Service. Extracts from Speeches by Sir Winston Churchill. It also states, For use only upon the death of Sir Winston Churchill. May be broadcast ONCE only from any one aerial. Any one heard of it
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Sold a mono Stones 1st album in excellent condition recently on Ebay for about £25. Look on Ebay for values - they are worth only what someone is willing to pay. An original T2 "It'll all work out in Boomland"  is worth over £200; Roy Harper's 1st album on the orginal label is worth maybe £300 - both need to be in excellent condition.
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