Friday, November 3, 2023

The Beatles merge the now with the then for their final song

It's definitely not every day we get a "new" Beatles song. "Now and Then" is being billed as just that, along with being marketed as "the last Beatles song." All the hype aside, it, being the Beatles, lives up to it.

Here is the video, which is a cool mashup of the old Beatles and their recent sessions to finish the song.

Now and Then could easily be dropped into the band's late-era psychedelic-pop catalog. In fact, it will be when their classic blue double album compilation is re-released soon.

John Lennon wrote and recorded the lyrics and piano draft sometime in the last year's before his 1980 murder. It was left on the drawing-room floor several years later when the remaining former Beatles put together The Beatles Anthology with new songs "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love.” Luckily George Harrison’s overdubbed guitar demos remained from those mid-90s sessions, although he supposedly didn’t like the song. 

Nevertheless, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recently finished it up, adding bass, drums, and harmony vocals, with the help of some AI provided by Peter Jackson, who used the technology some for his recent Beatles Get Back epic documentary.

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