Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the last two members of The Beatles alive, came together to finish a song written and recorded by the late John Lennon in 1970 called “Now and Then.”
For McCartney and Starr, hearing Lennon’s “crystal clear” voice on the completed track was a profound experience.
“It’s very emotional. We all play it, it’s an original Beatles recording,” McCartney said in a video. statement He added on Thursday: “In 2023, we will continue to work on the Beatles’ music, and we are about to release a new song that the public has not heard, I think it is exciting.”
For Starr, hearing Lennon’s voice “was the closest we’ll ever come to having him back in the room, so it was very emotional for all of us,” he said in a statement.
“It was like John was there, you know. He’s far away,” Starr added.
Lennon wrote and recorded the song at his home in New York City in the late 1970s. It was later worked on by McCartney, Starr, and George Harrison – who died in 2001 – in the mid-1990s, and completed by McCartney and Starr this year, more than four decades later.
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“The Beatles: Get Back” director Peter Jackson is tasked in 2021 with helping bring “Now and Then” back to life by applying the same artificial intelligence restoration techniques used in the groundbreaking documentary, according to a press release Thursday.
By 2022, Starr and McCartney set out to complete the song, which also features new instrumentation from both, as well as Harrison’s guitar recordings from the 1990s to complement Lennon’s vocals.
Backing vocals for the Beatles songs “Here, There and Everywhere”, “Eleanor Rigby” and “Because” were incorporated into the final cut.
“Now and Then” will be released worldwide on November 2.
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