The Beatles Set Release Date for Final Song, ‘Now and Then’
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In a momentous occasion for music lovers, The Beatles are set to release their ultimate track, “Now and Then,” marking a historic finale to their legendary discography. The song, featuring the talents of all four Beatles—John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr—will be available for listeners on November 2, accompanied by a captivating documentary film about its creation, slated for release on November 1. Furthermore, a visually stunning music video, directed by Peter Jackson, will debut on November 3, adding another layer of excitement for fans.
This extraordinary piece of music history traces its origins back to 1994 when the remaining Beatles members, along with producer Jeff Lynne, collaborated on demo tapes that Lennon had recorded before his untimely passing.
Gifted to the band by Yoko Ono, these tapes became the foundation for iconic tracks like “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” featured on Anthology 1 and Anthology 2, respectively.
However, “Now and Then” remained in the vault, its potential unrealized until nearly three decades later. McCartney and Starr revisited this hidden gem, with the invaluable assistance of Peter Jackson, who applied innovative de-mixing technology—previously showcased in the acclaimed 2021 documentary, “The Beatles: Get Back.” With this groundbreaking approach, Jackson successfully isolated Lennon’s vocals from the original demo, enabling a meticulous remixing process to create a brand-new masterpiece.
In this upcoming release, McCartney’s skillful slide guitar solo harmonizes seamlessly with the acoustic guitar parts played by Harrison, recalling the spirit of the mid-90s sessions with Lynne. The result is a track that encapsulates the essence of The Beatles’ unparalleled musical legacy.
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To provide fans with an immersive experience, a short trailer detailing the making of “Now and Then” is available for viewing, building anticipation for the song’s official release.
Additionally, enthusiasts can pre-order the special “Now and Then” / “Love Me Do” double A-side single, heightening the excitement for this monumental event.
As a complement to this final musical offering, new editions of The Beatles’ career-spanning compilations, 1962-1966 (“The Red Album”) and 1967-1970 (“The Blue Album”), are set to arrive on November 10. These collections serve as timeless reminders of The Beatles’ enduring impact on the world of music.
Prepare to embark on an unforgettable musical journey as The Beatles bid farewell with “Now and Then,” a testament to their everlasting brilliance and creativity. Stay tuned for the release, and witness history unfold once more in the realm of music.
Watch the trailer below: