THORNTON, Colo. — Thousands of audiophiles went to the recent Vintage Voltage Expo in Thornton looking for a rare treasure. An Aurora man found it and it only cost him a few bucks.
Kyle Hellie has been collecting vinyl records since 1995 when he was 18 years old.
“Nowadays you can download music and it’s just not fun,” Hellie said. “But LP’s you can grab, you can hold, you can play them and see what’s going on. It’s just exciting.”
So it was exciting when he came across a Beatles album titled “Yesterday and Today”, showing the Fab Four on the front cover gathered around pieces of luggage.
Hellie knows his Beatles history, and was wondering if this album was one of the famous “butcher cover” albums that are so desirable by collectors.
When the album was first released, the cover showed the four Beatles wearing white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of fresh meat.
Capitol Records did not like this and demanded it change the cover photo. That was done, but hundreds of the original albums were covered over with the new photo. The original photo was underneath.
It turns out Hellie discovered one of the albums that was covered over and bought it for a whopping $5 at the expo.
It’s worth more than$2,000 to a collector, but Hellie said he’s holding on to it.
“Don’t need to sell it. I’m not gonna sell it, no,” he said.