June 12, 2024

They’ve “Come Collectively” one final time.

All 4 members of The Beatles will function on the band’s long-awaited “closing” tune “Now and Then,” releasing worldwide on Nov. 2 due to a bit assist from synthetic intelligence.

The monitor’s story dates again to the Nineteen Seventies, when the 2 now deceased members of the group, John Lennon and George Harrison, had been nonetheless alive. 

In response to an announcement from The Beatles, Lennon recorded a demo of “Now and Then” at his house with vocals and piano earlier than his demise in 1980. Then in 1994, his spouse, Yoko Ono Lennon, gave the recording to Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Harrison, together with the demos for 2 Beatles songs launched as a part of The Beatles Anthology tasks within the 90s.

At the moment, the three dwelling members recorded components and accomplished a tough mixture of “Now and Then,” however technological limitations stood in the way in which of finishing a transparent closing product.

Then got here Peter Jackson, the director of “The Beatles: Get Again” 2021 docuseries. He found out easy methods to “separate” Lennon’s vocals from the piano within the Nineteen Seventies demo to permit McCartney and Starr to finish the undertaking final 12 months.

With Lennon’s authentic demo, the surviving pair had been ready so as to add backing vocals, guitar recordings Harrison — who died in 2001 — had recorded in 1995, new drums from Starr, and bass, guitar and piano from McCartney, who additionally oversaw the addition of a string association and interweaving of vocals from a few of their different songs.

“It was the closest we’ll ever come to having him again within the room, so it was very emotional for all of us. It was like John was there,” Starr mentioned.

“There it was, John’s voice, crystal clear,” McCartney mentioned. “It is fairly emotional, and all of us play on it. It is a real Beatles recording. In 2023 to nonetheless be engaged on Beatles music and about to launch a brand new tune the general public haven’t heard, I feel it is an thrilling factor.”

The monitor will likely be paired with a re-release of The Beatles’ very first single, “Love Me Do,” which was launched in 1962.

And a day previous to its Thursday launch, a 12-minute documentary movie, titled “Now and Then — The Final Beatles Tune” will premiere on Disney+. Then on Friday, an accompanying music video will debut.

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