It seems that with the start of "BeatleMania II" and Anthology people have had a renewed interest in the Beatles Butcher Cover. Lately I've had many questions about the BC but one that hasn't been addressed as yet is, "How do I know if I have a Butcher Cover underneath my Steamer Trunk cover?" This is not really a tough question but pictures work better than words. First, a few words.
|1.||Covers with the "Gold Record Award" seal can NOT be Butchers.|
|2.||On the back, lower-right-hand corner is a number. This will usually be a number, 2,3,4,5 or 6 denoting the Capitol Pressing Plant where that album was pressed.|
|4.||Sometimes the "Trunk" slick was pasted on sloppily and ended up offset. Then you can see part of the original cover underneath fairly easy.|
|5.||"Pictured" to the right. If you look close,
you can see
the bleed-through of Ringos V-neck shirt.
|6.||Most importantly. You ***MUST*** be able to see the bleed-through of Ringo's black V-Neck shirt or it is NOT a butcher. It is possible that the cover could be so dirty or worn that you may not be able to make that determination.|
I hope this will help in determining if you have a Butcher Cover or not. If you have any questions that this page doesn't address on this topic please leave me Email.
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