Format:12-inch vinyl, 33-1/3 rpm
Songs you should know: "Yesterday," "Day Tripper"
The Beatles' ninth album on their U.S. label, Capitol Records, is beloved by collectors thanks to its infamous "butcher cover" showing the band dressed in white smocks, surrounded by decapitated baby dolls and hunks of raw, bloody meat.
Paul McCartney suggested the controversial image was a comment on the Vietnam War, but squeamish record store dealers were hearing none of it. Capitol immediately caved and recalled the album a day after its release. Yet many copies made it into the public's hands and nowadays command anywhere from $12,000 to $125,000, depending on condition and whether it's a mono or much-scarcer stereo version.
In May 2019, John Lennon's personal copy of the album — autographed by Lennon, McCartney and Ringo Starr — sold at a Liverpool auction for nearly $234,000.