March 25, 1966, The Beatles took the photos that would become their most controversial photos ever taken. The infamous “Butcher Photo Session” would later provide the short-lived album cover forThe Beatles US release of “Yesterday And Today” before they were destroyed and or pasted over.
The Beatles‘ photographer Robert Whitaker called these photos “A Somnambulant Adventure“. The Beatles are featured wearing white coats and draped with dismembered baby doll parts, false teeth and slabs of meat. Here are some alternate photos from the session…
Here’s the actual photo used for the botched album cover…
The Beatles had grown tired of the same old photo shoots so they played along with concept and the photographer. The photos were not originally intended as an album cover but The Beatles submitted photographs from the session to be used for their promotional material. Why Capitol Records chose this as an album cover only to back track is beyond me.
Here’s two pretty cool shots of The Beatles before the white coats and the raw meat.
George Harrison was later quoted as saying that he thought,
“the whole idea was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them.”