Beatles' Cigarettes Erased From Box Set Cover

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Capitol Records have air-brushed cigarettes from an original picture featured on the cover of a Beatles four-CD box set, in a bid to fit in with more health-conscious times. THE CAPITOL ALBUMS, VOL 2 - which marks the first appearance on CD of the US versions of RUBBER SOUL, the Help! soundtrack, THE EARLY BEATLES and BEATLES VI - will see the Fab Four's former tobacco habit and two of Ringo Starr's fingers magically erased. Previous Beatles reissues have also had their artwork changed - when I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND was re-released in 1984 by EMI records, Sir Paul McCartney's cigarette was removed from the original cover. A US poster company also digitally removed the same Beatle's cigarette from its poster of the 1969 album ABBEY ROAD three years ago (03).


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Does all this really matter? Kids smoke and they get the habit through their friends. But to go and erase something like a cigarette on a historical photograph is pathetic! Would anyone like to erase anything from the monalisa? I think not! So why do Capital have to erase a ciggarette from the beatles photo. If they gave us something better, like giving us music from the Beatles we have never heard before, something special instead of spending their time erasing photos I think people would take more of an interest in what they do, eg these new box sets.
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