Best Sellers From The ’60s: The Beatles’ “Yesterday…And Today”

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Yesterday And Today

A "Slice" of the Original Yesterday and Today Album Cover (Capitol Records, 1966)

Infamously known as “The Butcher Block” album, the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles[/lastfm]’ Yesterday… and Today naturally sold well, despite it being a US-only release that was a hodge-podge of various tracks from a variety of sources.

The original release of the Beatles’ Yesterday… and Today featured the cheerfully smiling band, dressed in white butcher’s coats, sitting amongst slabs of meat and dismembered baby dolls. Quite possibly a commentary of how they felt about being pop stars — just “pieces of meat” to their record label? — it’s an accurate portrayal of the “bits and pieces” of material that were put together to make the album.

Yesterday And Today

The Later -- More Sedater -- Version of Yesterday and Today (Capitol Records, 1966)

Not long for the record bins — and now an expensive collector’s item — a more sedate cover for Yesterday…and Today quickly replaced the original. The music remained the same, however, a mix of Number 1’s that hadn’t seen album releases (like “Yesterday”), stray album cuts (“Drive My Car”) along with some new Lennon tunes lifted from the soon-to-be-released Revolver sessions (including “I’m Only Sleeping”).

The album also included what are now considered classics — “Day Tripper,” “Nowhere Man” and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Buck Owens[/lastfm]’ “Act Naturally” — to round out the 28-minute set.

Released in July 1966, it certified Gold in less than a month and has since sold Double Platinum.

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