ST 2553 Yesterday... And Today
Produced by George Martin
Released on July 1966
US CHART POSITION #1 . . . GOLD RECORD (7/8/66), 2x PLATINUM (1/10/97)
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P erhaps better remembered today for its aborted baby butcher cover, Yesterday... And Today was another US-only collection from Capitol that drew from the UK albums before and after (Rubber Soul, Revolver) as well as contemporaneous singles (“Yesterday,” “Day Tripper,” “Nowhere Man”). In fact, the album marked the end of alternate Beatles realities for both sides of the pond, and from here on Beatles albums would actually share the same name in the US and UK (a trend begun in earnest with Help!). The songs on Yesterday represent The Beatles at something of a crossroads. Even as Paul McCartney polished his pop songs (“Drive My Car,” We Can Work It Out”), John Lennon was delving into surreal imagery driven by drug experimentation (“Dr. Robert,” “I’m Only Sleeping”) while George explored his Eastern interests (“If I Needed Someone”). It’s an eclectic period as a result, often ranging from remarkably tuneful (“Day Tripper”) to remarkably deep (“Nowhere Man”). Also featured here is McCartney’s solo showcase, “Yesterday,” the surprisingly nasty “And Your Bird Can Sing” (more lessons learned from Dr. Robert) and a couple of country tunes flattened by Ringo (“Act Naturally,” “What Goes On?”). Today, the Parlophone catalog provides the de facto historical view of The Beatles, with these Capitol releases forever in danger of shrinking into obscurity. As this album was unceremoniously wedged between the US releases of Rubber Soul and Revolver (whose names still echo about the Hall), it’s easy to forget that this album topped the US charts and quickly went gold. It’s ultimately a patch job, not the cohesive musical statement of their formal releases, but even an imperfect collection of Beatles songs looks like perfection when compared to most things.

ST 2553 back cover
ST 2553 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. DRIVE MY CAR    2:25
  2. I'M ONLY SLEEPING    2:58
  3. NOWHERE MAN    2:40
  4. DR. ROBERT    2:14
  5. YESTERDAY    2:04
  6. ACT NATURALLY    (John Russell/Voni Morrison)    2:27
  7. AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING    2:02
  8. IF I NEEDED SOMEONE    (George Harrison)    2:19
  9. WE CAN WORK IT OUT    2:10
  10. WHAT GOES ON?    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney/Richard Starkey)    2:44
  11. DAY TRIPPER    2:47

    All songs written by John Lennon/Paul McCartney unless noted

CREDITS

GEORGE HARRISON --
JOHN LENNON --
PAUL McCARTNEY --
RINGO STARR --
Bill Miller -- preparation for US release

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN July 1966 Capitol LP T/ST 2553 avail. in mono & stereo, black-colorband label
JPN 1970 Apple LP AP80061 gatefold cover
US 1969/71? Capitol LP ST 2553 light-green label reissue
US 1971 Apple LP ST 2553 Apple label reissue
MEX 1971 EMI LP SLEM-051  
US   Capitol LP ST 2553 orange label reissue
JPN 1976 Apple LP EAS-80568 lyric insert
US/CAN 1978/83? Capitol LP ST 2553 purple label reissue

 

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