The ninth full-length studio release for the the Scottish alternative rock trio was produced by Rich Costey. Metascore: User Score: 8. The first full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter in eight years was co-produced by Jim Bryson and Ian Fitchuk.
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It was first released on the album Help! The song reached number one on the US charts. McCartney's vocal and acoustic guitar , together with a string quartet , essentially made for the first solo performance of the band. It remains popular today and, with more than 2, cover versions ,  is one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music. In , the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Broadcast Music Incorporated BMI asserts that it was performed over seven million times in the 20th century. The singer nostalgically laments for yesterday when he and his love were together, before she left because of something he said.
Yesterday and Today also rendered as "Yesterday" Released in the United States and Canada in June , it was their ninth album issued on Capitol Records and twelfth American release overall. Typical of the Beatles' North American discography until , the album contains songs that Capitol had withheld from its configurations of the band's recent EMI albums, along with songs that the group had released elsewhere on non-album singles. Among its 11 tracks are songs from the EMI albums Help! Yesterday and Today is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image. Known as the " butcher cover ", it was taken by photographer Robert Whitaker and shows the band dressed in white coats and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of raw meat. Although the photo was intended to be part of a larger work critiquing the adulation afforded the Beatles, the band members insisted it was a statement against the Vietnam War. Others interpreted it as the Beatles protesting the record company's policy of "butchering" their albums for the North American market. In response to outrage from record retailers, the LP was withdrawn and the cover replaced with a shot of the band posed around a steam trunk. The album's title plays on that of the song " Yesterday ".