Beatles’ unreleased gem: ‘Now and Then’ set to drop
The Beatles are on the brink of unveiling their ultimate unreleased song, and the excitement is reaching a fever pitch. In today’s age of social media, generating hype often involves the simple act of altering a profile picture or sharing cryptic messages. However, when it involves the iconic Fab Four, it’s an entirely different phenomenon. In recent times, enigmatic teasers have materialized on the streets of Liverpool, leaving fans intrigued. Then, three words emerged, carrying the promise of something extraordinary: “Now and then”. This title signifies the culmination of perhaps the most eagerly anticipated musical revelation of the new millennium.
The new Beatles song: when will it be released
After 40 years, the archives give us more music, another Beatles song that no one has heard before 2023 except for those directly involved.
This was announced on the official social media accounts of the Fab Four, which revealed the release date of ‘Now and Then’, the long-awaited unreleased track.
The song will be released on November 2. On the single’s A-side, you’ll also find ‘Love Me Do’, the Beatles’ very first single, dating back to 1962.
The juxtaposition of the first and last single closes a perfect circle. On Friday, November 3, the official video for ‘Now and Then’ will be released.
Finally, on November 1, the 12-minute documentary ‘Now and Then – The last Beatles’ song’ will be released on YouTube.
This documentary, directed by Oliver Murray, sheds light on the making of the song, featuring the voices of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sean Ono Lennon, and Peter Jackson, who provide commentary on the work in progress.
The trailer, published on the Beatles’ official channels, includes vintage footage of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison.
The story behind Now and Then
In the late ’70s, John Lennon recorded a demo of the song in his New York Dakota Building apartment, accompanied by just his voice and a piano.
In 1994, Yoko Ono provided Paul, George, and Ringo with three drafts, which included ‘Free as a Bird’ and ‘Real Love‘, released in 1995 and 1996 as part of ‘The Beatles Anthology’.
The third song, ‘Now and Then’, was postponed due to audio quality issues in the early ’90s. The project was revisited in 2022 after Peter Jackson’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ docuseries used MAL technology to improve the sound. Paul and Ringo resumed work, adding overdubs and rediscovering the magic of collaborating with the absent George Harrison and John Lennon. McCartney completed the project, resulting in a song featuring choirs, acoustic guitars, and the dreamy atmosphere typical of the Fab Four’s music.