A new Beatles song was released a few hours ago thanks to artificial intelligence, reported AFP. The original recording was made by John Lennon.
The song “Now and Then” will reunite the legendary Liverpool foursome 53 years after they split up.
Due to pre-orders on the band’s online store, the vinyl records and cassettes are already sold out. “This is probably the last Beatles song we all hear each other. A real Beatles song,” Paul McCartney, 81, said in a short video posted online Wednesday night.
“Now And Then” is the last Beatles song written and sung by John Lennon. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr worked on it. Four decades later, Paul and Ringo were able to complete it.
The title was coined by John Lennon while recording the demo in the 1970s in New York. The musician was killed in 1980. In 1994, his wife, Yoko Ono, provided the tape to the remaining band members. The existing technology does not allow John Lennon’s voice to sound in the necessary quality, so the track remains in the archive.
In 2021, director Peter Jackson filmed the documentary series “Get Back”. Lennon’s voice is taken from a tape and separated from the sound of the piano using new technologies. “We heard John’s voice again, crystal clear,” said Paul McCartney.
The original demo added an electric and acoustic guitar recording made by George Harrison in 1995. Harrison died in 2001. The song was completed last year in a studio in Los Angeles with the addition of drums by Ringo Starr, piano and bass by Paul McCartney, as well as the voices of the two living Beatles.
“It was very exciting. It was like John was with us again,” said Ringo Starr, 83.
In April 1970, six months after the release of the album “Abbey Road” and a month before the release of “Let it Be”, the band announced their breakup. The ten years together gave birth to 14 albums, almost 1 billion records sold and numerous films.
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John Lennon died in 1980 and George Harrison in 2001. Despite their deaths, “Beatlemania” lives on. The use of artificial intelligence makes it possible for fans’ wish for a band reunion to come true.
In an interview with the BBC in June of this year McCartney talked about working on the record. “We’re working on the last Beatles song – it’s John’s demo. There’s nothing artificial or synthetic, it’s all real. We’ve cleaned up some recordings.” The existence of the demo was known in advance, and Paul McCartney made no secret of his desire to give the song new life. According to McCartney, the project was not completed because of George Harrison’s reluctance.
“Now and Then” will be followed by the reissue of the “Red Album” with recordings from 1962-1966 and the “Blue Album” with recordings from 1967-1970. The date when the compilations should appear is November 10.