More than 50 years after The Beatles broke up, the surviving members of the band have announced their last song, titled ‘Now and Then’, which is based on a demo recording by the late John Lennon. As per reports, the British band will drop their last single on 2 November. The song was completed by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide Lennon’s original vocals. The song will be available as part of a single paired with ‘Love Me Do.’ It also involves a guitar that was recorded by Harrison three decades ago.
The Beatles’ Last Song – An Emotional Journey:
The Authenticity of Lennon’s Voice:
“This is the last track, ever, that you’ll get the four Beatles on the track. John, Paul, George, and Ringo,” Starr told AP in an interview. Among the other members of the band, George Harrison passed away in 2001, and Lennon was shot dead by a fan in 1980. McCartney added that hearing Lennon’s voice in the recording was an emotional experience. The utilization of AI technology enables fans to hear the iconic vocalist’s voice once again in its original form, creating a sense of nostalgia and closure.
A Genuine Beatles Recording:
McCartney further emphasized the authenticity of the song, stating, “There it was, John’s voice, crystal clear. It’s quite emotional. And we all play on it, it’s a genuine Beatles recording.” For music enthusiasts, this aspect is particularly significant as it signifies the reunion of the four band members, even if through technological means.
The New Song – Musically Enriching:
‘Now and Then’ showcases the diverse talents that each Beatle brought to the table. McCartney’s mastery of various instruments is evident as he contributes on bass, piano, and a slide guitar solo. Ringo Starr, known for his innovative rhythmic patterns, adds a new drum part, merging the old with the new. The inclusion of Harrison’s guitar recording from three decades ago adds a unique element to the track, symbolizing his ongoing presence within the band’s legacy.
Excitement and Anticipation:
“In 2023, to still be working on Beatles music, and about to release a new song the public haven’t heard, I think it’s quite an exciting thing,” expressed McCartney. The fact that the Beatles continue to captivate audiences and release new music decades later is a testament to their enduring legacy and influence. Fans worldwide eagerly anticipate the release of ‘Now and Then,’ to immerse themselves in the final piece of Beatles history.