The release of the last “new” Beatles song, “Now And Then,” showcases the power of artificial intelligence in music production and the dedication of the surviving members to continue creating music.
In a remarkable display of technological innovation, artificial intelligence has made it possible for the last “new” Beatles song to be released next week. Titled “Now And Then,” the track is part of a single that also includes “Love Me Do,” the very first Beatles single from 1962. This new song comes from a collection of unreleased demos written by the late John Lennon, which were previously used to create the songs “Free As a Bird” and “Real Love” in the 1990s.
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison worked on “Now And Then” during the same sessions, but faced technological limitations that prevented its completion. However, with the help of artificial intelligence and director Peter Jackson, these obstacles were overcome. By “separating” Lennon’s original vocals from a piano track recorded in the late 1970s, the clarity of the vocals was greatly improved, allowing McCartney and Starr to finish the song last year.
The surviving Beatles put their heart and soul into this final track. It features guitar recordings by Harrison from almost three decades ago, a new drum part by Starr, McCartney’s bass, piano, and a slide guitar solo as a tribute to Harrison. McCartney and Starr also provided backup vocals, and McCartney collaborated with Giles Martin, son of the late Beatles producer George Martin, to create a string arrangement. Additionally, backing vocals from the original Beatles recordings of “Here, There and Everywhere,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Because” were seamlessly woven into the song.
The announcement of “Now And Then” was met with great excitement and emotion. McCartney described hearing Lennon’s voice crystal clear as a profound experience. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to continue working on Beatles music in 2023 and release a new song that the public has not yet heard. Olivia Harrison, George Harrison’s widow, shared that her late husband felt the technical challenges in the 1990s made it impossible to release a song that met the band’s standards. However, with the advancements in technology, she believes he would have wholeheartedly joined McCartney and Starr in completing the song if he were still alive.
To further enhance the release, a 12-minute film documenting the story behind the new recording will be made public the day before the song’s release. Additionally, expanded versions of the Beatles’ compilations “1962-1966” and “1967-1970” will be released later in the month, with “Now And Then” being added to the latter collection.
The surviving members of the Beatles have proven their skill in releasing new projects that appeal to nostalgic fans. This year, they have saved the grand finale for new music, marking the last track ever to feature all four Beatles. Ringo Starr expressed his excitement about this milestone, emphasizing that “Now And Then” is a testament to the enduring legacy of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
In conclusion, the release of the last “new” Beatles song, “Now And Then,” showcases the remarkable capabilities of artificial intelligence in music production. It also demonstrates the unwavering dedication of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to continue creating music in honor of their late bandmates. This final track serves as a poignant tribute to the enduring impact of the Beatles and their timeless music.