Beatles' Cigarettes Erased From Box Set Cover
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).