LOS ANGELES –
The ultimate Beatles recording is right here.
Titled “Now and Then,” the virtually impossible-to-believe observe is 4 minutes and eight seconds of the primary and solely unique Beatles recording of the twenty first century. There is a countdown, then acoustic guitar strumming and piano bleed into the unmistakable vocal tone of John Lennon within the tune’s introduction: “I do know it is true / It is all due to you / And if I make it by / It is all due to you.”
Greater than 4 a long time since Lennon’s homicide and two since George Harrison’s demise, the final Beatles tune has been launched as a double A-side single with “Love Me Do,” the band’s 1962 debut single.
“Now and Then” comes from the identical batch of unreleased demos written by Lennon within the Seventies, which got to his former bandmates by Yoko Ono. They used the tape to assemble the songs “Free As a Fowl” and “Actual Love,” launched within the mid-Nineties. However there have been technical limitations to ending “Now and Then.”
On Wednesday, a brief movie titled “The Beatles — Now And Then — The Final Beatles Track” was launched, detailing the creation of the observe. On the unique tape, Lennon’s voice was hidden; the piano was “onerous to listen to,” as Paul McCartney describes it. “And in these days, in fact, we did not have the know-how to do the separation.”
That modified in 2022, when the band — now a duo — was capable of make the most of the identical technical restoration strategies that separated the Beatles’ voices from background sounds through the making of director Peter Jackson’s 2021 documentary collection, “The Beatles: Get Again.” And so, they have been capable of isolate Lennon’s voice from the unique cassette and full “Now and Then” utilizing machine studying.
When the tune was first introduced in June, McCartney described synthetic intelligence know-how as “form of scary however thrilling,” including: “We are going to simply must see the place that leads.”
“To nonetheless be engaged on Beatles’ music in 2023 — wow,” he mentioned in “The Beatles — Now And Then — The Final Beatles Track.” “We’re truly messing round with state-of-the-art know-how, which is one thing the Beatles would’ve been very desirous about.”
“The rumours have been that we simply made it up,” Ringo Starr informed The Related Press of Lennon’s contributions to the forthcoming observe in September. “Like we’d do this anyway.”
“That is the final observe, ever, that you’re going to get the 4 Beatles on the observe. John, Paul, George, and Ringo,” he continued.
McCartney and Starr constructed the observe from Lennon’s demo, including guitar elements George Harrison wrote within the 1995 classes and a slide guitar solo in his signature model. McCartney and Starr tracked their bass and drum contributions. A string association was written with the assistance of Giles Martin, son of the late Beatles producer George Martin — a intelligent recall to the traditional ambitiousness of “Strawberry Fields,” or “Yesterday,” or “I Am the Walrus.” These musicians could not be informed they have been contributing to the final ever Beatles observe, so McCartney performed it off like a solo endeavour.
On Friday, an official music video for “Now and Then,” directed by Jackson, will premiere on the Beatles’ YouTube channel. It was created utilizing footage McCartney and Starr took of themselves performing, 14 hours of “lengthy forgotten movie shot through the 1995 recording classes, together with a number of hours of Paul, George and Ringo engaged on `Now and Then,”‘ Jackson mentioned in a press release.
It additionally makes use of beforehand unseen dwelling film footage supplied by Lennon’s son Sean and Olivia Harrison, George’s spouse, and “a number of valuable seconds of The Beatles performing of their leather-based fits, the earliest identified movie of The Beatles and by no means seen earlier than,” supplied by Pete Greatest, the band’s unique drummer.
“The result’s fairly nutty and supplied the video with a lot wanted steadiness between the unhappy and the humorous,” mentioned Jackson.