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Beatles Rare 1966 "Yesterday and Today" Unreleased Album Art Mock-Up #3.

A mock-up proof for an unreleased version of the album sleeve cover art for the Beatles album "Yesterday and Today" with color overlays. The back of the artwork is marked "#3" and stamped "Ray Polley - Received May 27, 1966."

The "Yesterday and Today" album cover is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image. Known as the "butcher cover,", it was taken by photographer Robert Whitaker and showed the band dressed in white coats and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of raw meat. Although the photo was intended to be part of a larger work critiquing the adulation afforded the Beatles, the band members insisted it was a statement against the Vietnam War. Others interpreted it as the Beatles protesting the record company's policy of "butchering" their albums for the North American market. In response to retailers' concern over the gory subject matter, Capitol immediately withdrew the LP and replaced the cover image with a shot of the band posed around a "steamer" trunk, the art mock-up offered here.

Dimensions: 15 in x 14 in.

Condition: Very good.

Authentication: Gotta Have Rock and Roll Certificate of Authenticity.
Beatles Rare 1966 "Yesterday and Today" Unreleased Album Art Mock-Up #3
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