Yesterday and Today Album Cover


It was the original cover shot for the Beatles album yesterday and today. But radio Dj’s were so offended that capitol recalled the album.


The original album cover from the Beatles – Yesterday and Today

In 1966, photographer Robert Whitaker brought the Beatles into his studio for a conceptual art shoot called “A somnambulant adventure”. The Beatles were dressed in white smocks and covered in pieces of meat and plastic doll parts.  The story goes that McCartney pushed the photo to be the cover, saying it was their view on the war.  When the original cover was recalled…several printed copies were sent to landfills but there were too many.  So, Capitol Records decided to paste a new cover over the old one, a picture of the fab four sitting around an open steamer trunk.  Both the original butcher cover as it became known and the pasted on cover became valuable collectors items…now selling for thousands of dollars.

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Crosby Stills and Nash-Album Cover

Crosby, Stills & Nash (album)

Crosby, Stills & Nash (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Take a look at the photo on the cover of the first Crosby stills and Nash album. For their first album, Crosby stills and Nash wanted a cover that would reflect the intimacy of the music.  They wanted it to look real and natural, just like their music. While driving around Hollywood, Graham Nash spotted an old abandoned house at the corner of palm and Santa Monica boulevard.  They called photographer Henry Diltz who met them there.  Nothing was added to the photo…everything was there…the house, the couch, the palm.   When they got the proofs back, they realized they were sitting out of order…Nash stills and Crosby.  So they went back to do a re shoot…but there was no couch, no palm, no house.  It had been torn down and only a pile of rubble remained. They took it as a sign and used the original shot.

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Woodstock Soundtrack Album Cover

It was a simple picture of a young couple huddled together wrapped in a blanket standing in a sea of people.

Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack ...

Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Photo on the cover of the 1970 Woodstock Soundtrack album…represented the love, care and protection of not only the event but a generation. In a 2009 interview for the New York Daily news, the featured couple said they remember nothing about the photo taken by Burk Uzzle.  Nick and Bobbi Urkaline were from the area and knew the backroads around the Woodstock festival.  They had driven their 1965 chevy station wagon within five miles and hiked the rest of the way on foot.  Their memories of the event were mostly of the rain, the lack of toilets and the body odor.   Afterwards, while at a friends house listening to the soundtrack album, nick noticed the picture on the cover…and said “hey that’s our blanket”…paused and then said…”Hey that’s us!”

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