53 years post-split, Beatles enthusiasts were delighted by the release of a new song, “Now and Then,” on November 2. A historic event for music fans, the track boasts contributions from all members of the iconic band, demonstrating the Beatles’ enduring influence on popular music and their timeless appeal.
A Song Born from the Past
“Now and Then” is not merely a fresh composition. The song blossomed from a demo recorded by John Lennon in the 1970s. Lennon’s voice was carefully extracted from the original tape, and to enrich its sound, recordings from George Harrison from 1995 were employed using advanced artificial intelligence (AI).
A Collaborative Masterpiece
The process of creating the song was finalized last year, with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and a team of other talents contributing to the completion. The project, originally discontinued due to the opposition of George Harrison, was finally brought to life, resulting in a palpable excitement among Beatles fans.
Riding the Wave of Success
Upon release, “Now and Then” provoked an overwhelming response. Physical copies such as vinyls and cassettes were quickly snapped up on the band’s online store. McCartney disclosed that this is likely the last Beatles song that features contributions from all members, which magnifies its significance.
The Fusion of Classic and Modern
This release demonstrates how technology can play a role in preserving and honouring the musical legacy of iconic artists. The use of AI in the song’s production is a testament to the potential of technology in reviving musical treasures from the past, providing enjoyment for 21st century music enthusiasts.
Accompanying the Beatles’ Legacy
“Now and Then” was released to coincide with the reissue of the Beatles’ Red (1962-1966) and Blue (1967-1970) compilations. This decision further underlines the Beatles’ ability to bridge generations and hints at a source of inspiration for a new generation of artists.