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For those who don't know, this is the famous album that was banned by Capitol records prior to release in 1966 and then covered over with the more familiar trunk cover. The butcher scene was deemed too gruesome for the general public. Capitol destroyed a great quantity of these buy found it more economical to cover the offending jacket with the more familiar trunk cover.
For terminology sake: 1st state is a copy that was never covered over with a trunk cover. They are EXTREMELY RARE AS IN THE CASE OF THIS ONE and were NEVER SOLD IN STORES, only used as promos for radio and sales managers. 2nd state as is the top notch example here refers to a butcher cover with the trunk cover pasted over. 3rd state is a second state butcher cover that has had its trunk cover (hopefully professionally) removed and are in all cases accompanied by some form a degradation to the original cover below.
Kept in the office of a former New York City music industry executive and now available through estate sale, this is a SUPERIOR EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE TREASURE AS CAN BE SEEN IN THESE PHOTOS.
FIRST STATE MONO BUTCHER COVERS AS THIS ONE IN THIS FINE CONDITION HAVE SOLD RECENTLY FOR AS MUCH AS $1,100-$1,500.00-!! THESE PRISTINE 2nd STATES HAVE INCREASED IN VALUED MORE THAN GOOD QUALITY 3rd STATE PEELS OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS- THIS IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT THERE ARE SO MANY 'EXPERTS' PEELING THESE INTO 3rd STATES THAT THE NUMBER OF MUSEUM QUALITY 2nd STATES DECREASES YEAR IN, YEAR OUT!
SPECIFIC CONDITION AS FOLLOWS: The top and side seams are tight and completely intact. This is rarely seen on these albums!! Spine lettering is clear, complete, and intact- WOW! There is only a tiny seam split of 1/2 an inch in lower right corner that you would never notice! Although this jacket is certainly strong enough to house an album and inner sleeve, due to its age and value we strongly advise against it in order to avoid damaging the seams or spine in the future. As Etsy only allows 5 photos on these selling pages, we have focused on the cover which is 99.999% of the value of this item. Along with the pristine quality of both front and back covers and the seams, edges and spine lettering, THE V-NECK OF RINGO'S BLACK TURTLENECK CLEARLY SHOWS FROM BENEATH THE SNOW WHITE COVER SLICK~! The quality and angle of the pictures we have here we feel is sufficient to let you know that this is probably the BEST ONE NOW ON ANY ONLINE SALES OR AUCTION SITE AND PERHAPS THE BEST YOU MAY EVER FIND IN THIS PRICE RANGE!!. ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE TO HOLD THIS IN HAND! The ORIGINAL LP THAT ACCOMPANIED THIS COVER IS INCLUDED AND IS A NEAR MINT EXAMPLE.
The front cover, as you can see from the photo, is gorgeous. THE EDGE OF THE GRAY BACKGROUND OF THE ORIGINAL BUTCHER COVER SHOWS AT THE LEFT SIDE EDGE OF THE FRONT COVER SLICK~! This picture is sharp and the colors are great. Unlike the 2nd and 3rd state butchers periodically seen for sale in the last couple of years, there are no tears, writing or stains to the front cover!! IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THIS LP IN A CONDITION THAT YOU WON'T NEED TO EVER UPGRADE, (UNLESS YOU WANT A SEALED ONE) THIS MAY BE IT!!
The back of the jacket is in solid near mint condition with white areas free of markings and writing! Only a slight, slight hint of aging around the edges! It can be undoubtedly stated that the front cover AND the back cover is not only one of the best examples we've ever acquired for these, IT'S THE BEST WE'VE SEEN ANYWHERE with an RIAA #6 LOS ANGELES, CA CAPITOL PRODUCTION PLANT NOTATION in the lower right hand corner...!
We offer these five photos in order to give prospective on the exquisite condition of what is ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER RECORDS IN THE COLLECTOR'S WORLD~!! COA included from noted appraiser Heritage Music Corporation~!
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