In an unexpected turn of events, more than five decades after The Beatles disbanded, they are set to release what they are calling their “last song” titled “Now and Then”. This song, based on a 1970s demo by John Lennon, was recently completed by the remaining members, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr.
The song, which will premiere on the 2nd of November at 14:00 GMT, is more than just a musical composition; it’s an emotional journey. The song traces its origins to an old cassette from the 1970s, which had Lennon’s vocals. With advancements in audio technology and the use of AI, the team was able to extricate Lennon’s voice and integrate it into the new composition.
Interestingly, the song will be featured on the newly-remastered versions of The Beatles’ iconic Red and Blue albums, which are set to be released on the 10th of November. These albums, which were originally released in 1973, are often touted as some of the most influential greatest hits compilations ever.
The release of “Now and Then” isn’t just about the song. The BBC has announced a six-part podcast series on the story of The Beatles, with the final part set to release alongside the record on the 2nd of November. This final part will feature exclusive interviews with Sir Paul and Sir Ringo Starr, providing fans with unparalleled insights into the making of this new material.
The emotional weight of this release is palpable. Sir Paul remarked on the surreal experience of hearing John’s voice again, stating, “It’s quite emotional. And we all play on it; it’s a genuine Beatles recording.” Sir Ringo added, “It was like John was there, you know. It’s far out.”
In a world where nostalgia plays a big role in our connection to music, the release of “Now and Then” is a testament to The Beatles’ enduring legacy and their continued relevance in today’s music scene.