The Beatles Yesterday and Today Numbered Limited Edition Import LP (Colored Vinyl)
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Yesterday and Today is a studio album by the Beatles, their ninth album
released on Capitol Records and eleventh overall American release. It was
originally issued only in the United States and Canada. In the 1970s it was
issued in Japan. A later UK release (on Compact Disc) followed in 2014. The
album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover
image, the "butcher cover" featuring the band dressed in white smocks and
covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat. The album's title is
based on the song "Yesterday". Early album cover proofs show the word
"Yesterday" in quotes.
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.
Yesterday and Today included tracks from the Beatles' two most recent British
LPs which had not yet been included on American albums, plus three from their
upcoming LP in the United Kingdom, plus two songs which were back-to-back on a
single. The hodge-podge nature in which Capitol Records compiled their albums
irritated the group, who felt they had "put a lot of work into the sequencing"
of the British albums.
Released on 20 June 1966, the Yesterday and Today album's controversial cover
marked the first time the Beatles' judgement was criticized by the media and
distributors. After advance copies were sent to disc jockeys and record
reviewers, negative reaction to the cover photo was so strong Capitol recalled
750,000 copies from distributors to replace the cover. The total cost to Capitol
to replace the cover and promotional materials was $250,000, wiping out their
initial profit. Nevertheless, the album reached #1 on the US Billboard charts by
30 July 1966 and certified gold soon after. It stayed at number one for five
"As for the album itself, Capitol assembled four songs that had been removed
from the British version of Rubber Soul, the singles 'Yesterday,' 'We Can Work
It Out,' and 'Day Tripper,' a pair of B-sides, and offered a 'preview' of the
upcoming Revolver album (released seven weeks later) in the form of 'And Your
Bird Can Sing' and 'Doctor Robert' (neither one in its final mix). Amazingly,
despite origins ranging across 18 months of the band's history, it all hung
together very well, with the country-influenced 'Act Naturally' and 'What Goes
On' -- both heavily featuring Ringo Starr -- adding some unexpected roots rock
elements amid the cutting-edge, riff-driven glories of 'Day Tripper' and others,
and the latter contrasting beautifully with McCartney's romantic classic
'Yesterday.' Despite being thrown together in a blender, the album could stand
next to almost any of the competition in the summer of 1966, though it became
clear with the release of Revolver, two months later, that the band had left
most of the sounds represented here far behind them." - Bruce Eder,
• Colored Vinyl LP
• Numbered, Limited Edition - Only 200 copies
• LP-shaped circular jacket
1. Drive My Car
2. I'm Only Sleeping
3. Nowhere Man
4. Dr. Robert
6. Act Naturally
1. And Your Bird Can Sing
2. If I Needed Someone
3. We Can Work It Out
4. What Goes On?
5. Day Tripper