In June of 1966, The Beatles released their new album “Yesterday”…And Today. Of course. the album wasn’t really “new” at all– like all of the Beatles’ North American output to that point, the record was haphazardly thrown together by the friendly folks at Capitol Records. Amazingly, the first Beatles album with identical releases on both sides of the Atlantic was 1967’s landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Beatles themselves were obviously sick and tired of Capitol’s manipulation of their catalog. While recording what was to become Revolver in the spring of 1966, the band was asked to provide early mixes of three new songs to give Capitol enough material to release “Yesterday”…And Today. George Martin completed the mixes and sent the tapes to Los Angeles. The Beatles sent along something as well– the cover art:
Not too subtle, those Beatles! Somehow, Capitol was persuaded to release “Yesterday”…And Today with the now-infamous butcher cover, but it didn’t last long in stores. All copies were immediately recalled, and a new cover was pasted onto the existing copies. Both versions of the original LP are now highly-cherished in the collectors’ market.
From a musical standpoint, the alternate mixes of three songs that would eventually appear two months later on the UK version of Revolver make “Yesterday”…And Today a must-hear for Beatles fans. These three songs (“I’m Only Sleeping,” “And Your Bird Can Sing,” and “Dr. Robert”) have never been issued on CD anywhere in the world, and do not appear on any Beatles compilation. The copies below were ripped by the Analog Kid from one of his five vinyl copies of “Yesterday”…And Today— none of which, sadly, contain the original butcher cover. Someday…
The Beatles: “Yesterday”…And Today
Capitol Records, 1966
1. “Drive My Car”
2. “I’m Only Sleeping” [Early Mix]
3. “Nowhere Man”
4. “Dr. Robert” [Early Mix]
6. “Act Naturally”
7. “And Your Bird Can Sing” [Early Version]
8. “If I Needed Someone”
9. “We Can Work It Out”
10. “What Goes On”
11. “Day Tripper”
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The Beatles: “I’m Only Sleeping”
The Beatles: “And Your Bird Can Sing”
The Beatles: “Dr. Robert”
From the album Revolver