The Beatles have announced what will be their last song: ‘Now and Then’. The song will put the final close to the group’s discography and will be released on November 2, both in digital and physical formats.
‘Now and Then’ was composed by John Lennon, who also performs it. However, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have participated in the creation process over more than four decades. After so long, Paul and Ringo put the final touch on it.
According to McCartney on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the song was recorded with the help of artificial intelligence, which was used to extract the vocals and piano from a John Lennon demo. McCartney added that the idea of using artificial intelligence came to director Peter Jackson, who “was able to extract John’s voice from a piece of cassette.”
The release of ‘Now and Then’ comes with a detail that fans of the group will appreciate: the vinyl will not only contain the new song, but their debut song, ‘Love Me Do’, will also be recorded. In this way, the double-sided single will pair both songs, taking the listener from their beginnings in the United Kingdom in 1962 to their last song.
On November 2, the Beatles will also publish the video clip for their latest song. However, it will be a day earlier when ‘Now And Then – The Last Beatles Song’ is available, a 12-minute documentary that will be published on YouTube and will tell the story behind ‘Now and Then’.