The Beatles – Yesterday & Today
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One of the most sought-after Beatles album covers, the infamous ‘Butcher cover’ of their June 1966 Yesterday and Today LP in the United States. It was a piece of conceptual art, taken by British photographer Robert Whitaker. For the shoot, the four Beatles were dressed in butchers’ jackets and draped with hunks of meat and broken parts of baby dolls.
As soon as the first copies of the US versions were sent out, the shocked reaction to the Butcher cover made Capitol Records recall the album. They instead, pasted a new picture over the top of the old one.