After a long wait and use of technology, the exciting launch of The Beatles’ last song, titled “Now and Then”. This emotional song was written and performed by the immortal John Lennon and was later developed by his bandmates, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
More of forty years laterMcCartney and Starr have joined their talents once again to complete this iconic song, which will be released in 2023.
It is important to highlight that John Lennon had recorded a home demo of “Now and Then” in New York in the late 1970s., shortly before his tragic death in 1980. Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, gave the tape of this valuable recording to Paul McCartney, labeling it with a single “For Paul.” In fact, the demos of “Free As a Bird” and “Real Love” also emerged from these recordings, which his bandmates released in the 1990s.
However, “Now And Then” could not see the light of day at that time, as The technology of the time did not allow the voice and the piano to be separated of Lennon appropriately. The song had to be discarded, remaining forgotten for many years.
In 2021, hope resurfaced thanks to the premiere of the docuseries The Beatles: Get Back. Director Peter Jackson and his team achieved an extraordinary technological advance by demixing the mono soundtrack of the original film, managing to isolate the instruments from the band members’ voices.
This same technique was applied to Lennon’s old demo, finally allowing his voice to be separated from the piano. This marked an important milestone that enabled McCartney and Starr complete the song in 2022. McCartney couldn’t help but be moved when he heard John’s voice with crystal clarity, and expressed:
“There it was, it was John’s crystal clear voice. It’s very emotional and we all touch on it. “It’s a genuine Beatles recording.”
Ringo Starr also shared his excitement by stating that It was “as if John were there.”. This launch will mark a historic moment by bringing together the group’s latest song with its first single, “Love Me Do,” released in 1962, thus closing an impressive cycle in the history of music.
He official video for “Now And Then” will premiere on Friday, November 3, promising a visual experience that will complement the emotional song. Furthermore, a 12 minute documentary titled Now And Then: The Last Beatles Song will accompany the launch.
In this mini-documentary, fans of the band will be able to learn the fascinating story behind the song and discover exclusive images of the band members, as well as comments from McCartney, Starr, Harrison, Sean Ono Lennon and director Peter Jackson. This content will be available via The Beatles YouTube channel November 1st.
For its part, the exciting and unreleased song “Now and Then” will arrive on all digital platforms on next Thursday, November 2. Below you can see the specific day and times in which all the materials will be released:
- Mini-documentary Now And Then: The Last Beatles Song – Wednesday, November 1
- Song “Now and Then” – Thursday, November 2 | 8 AM (central time)
- Official video “Now and Then” – Friday, November 3
The music of The Beatles continues to thrill current and future generations, once again demonstrating their timelessness and special place in the world of music. An exciting musical journey is coming with the Fab Four.