In a remarkable fusion of nostalgia and technological prowess, a new Beatles song, titled "Now And Then," is set to be unveiled next week, marking a poignant chapter in the band's storied history. Sixty years since the advent of Beatlemania and with two members now departed, artificial intelligence has become the conduit for the release of what is promised to be the last "new" Beatles composition.
Scheduled for release on Thursday, November 2, the song will be part of a single coupled with "Love Me Do," the inaugural Beatles single from 1962. "Now And Then" originates from the same trove of unreleased demos crafted by the late John Lennon, previously utilized in the creation of the songs "Free As a Bird" and "Real Love" in the mid-1990s by his surviving bandmates—Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.
Technological hurdles that hindered the completion of "Now And Then" have now been overcome, thanks to the intervention of artificial intelligence. Director Peter Jackson utilized AI to isolate Lennon's original vocals from a piano recorded in the late 1970s, enabling McCartney and Starr to finalize the track last year. The single boasts contributions from the surviving members, incorporating guitar recordings by Harrison from nearly three decades ago, a new drum part by Starr, and McCartney's bass, piano, and a slide guitar solo as a tribute to Harrison.
The song is a poignant collaboration, featuring McCartney and Starr on vocals and a string arrangement crafted by McCartney with the assistance of Giles Martin, son of the late Beatles producer George Martin. As a final touch, backing vocals from the original Beatles recordings of "Here, There and Everywhere," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Because" have been woven into the composition.
Reflecting on the project, McCartney expressed the emotional impact of hearing Lennon's voice crystal clear, describing it as a genuine Beatles recording. The release, coupled with a 12-minute film detailing the song's creation, promises to captivate both long-time fans and a new generation, underscoring the enduring legacy of the Beatles and their ability to transcend time.
As November unfolds, Beatles enthusiasts are in for a musical treat with the release of expanded versions of the legendary compilations "1962-1966" and "1967-1970." Notably, the much-anticipated "Now And Then," although arriving well beyond 1970, will find its place in the latter collection. This unexpected addition serves as the grand finale, a testament to the enduring creative spirit of the Fab Four.
The surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, have adeptly curated new projects over the years, from remixes of their classic albums featuring studio outtakes to Peter Jackson's immersive "Get Back" film. Traditionally timed to resonate with nostalgic fans during the holiday season, this year's offering marks a poignant climax—an ultimate gift of new music.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Ringo Starr emphasized the significance of "Now And Then," declaring it the last track to feature all four Beatles—John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The track, a musical testament to the enduring camaraderie and creative synergy of the iconic quartet, is poised to become a cherished addition to the Beatles' illustrious discography, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of music history.
The impending release of "Now And Then" and its inclusion in the iconic compilations "1967-1970" marks the culmination of a musical journey that spans six decades, capping the Beatles' illustrious legacy. As November unfolds, fans are not only treated to the harmonious echoes of a final composition but are also invited to revisit the quintessential compilations that encapsulate the essence of the Fab Four's transformative journey.
The surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, continue to weave the threads of nostalgia and innovation, presenting fans with new projects that transcend time. "Now And Then" emerges as the grand finale, a poignant testament to the enduring magic that arises when John, Paul, George, and Ringo join forces. In a musical landscape shaped by their unparalleled creativity, this release becomes a timeless crescendo—a final note that echoes the everlasting impact of the Beatles on the canvas of global music culture. The journey may be concluding, but the melodies crafted by these legendary musicians will resonate eternally.