The Beatles’ unreleased gem: the saga of ‘Now and Then

The Beatles’ unreleased gem: the saga of ‘Now and Then
Now and Then

The Beatles are on the verge of unveiling their long-awaited unreleased song, creating a surge of excitement among fans. In today’s digital age, generating hype usually involves simple acts like changing profile pictures or sharing cryptic messages. However, when it comes to the legendary Fab Four, it’s an entirely different phenomenon. Lately, intriguing teasers have appeared on the streets of Liverpool, leaving fans curious. Then, three impactful words emerged, carrying the promise of something extraordinary: “Now and then.” This title marks the culmination of one of the most highly anticipated musical revelations of the new millennium.

The release date for the new Beatles song has been announced after 40 years of waiting. The archives have gifted us with more music. There is another Beatles song that no one has heard before 2023, except those directly involved. The Fab Four’s official social media accounts disclosed the release date for ‘Now and Then,’ the long-awaited unreleased track.

When is the release date for the new Beatles song?

The song will be unveiled on November 2nd. On the single’s A-side, you’ll also find ‘Love Me Do,’ the Beatles’ very first single dating back to 1962. The fusion of their first and last single creates a perfect circle. On Friday, November 3rd, the official music video for ‘Now and Then’ will be released.

Finally, on November 1st, the 12-minute documentary ‘Now and Then – The Last Beatles’ Song’ will be available on YouTube. Directed by Oliver Murray, this documentary delves into the creation of the song. It includes commentary from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sean Ono Lennon, and Peter Jackson, shedding light on the work in progress.

The trailer, shared on the Beatles’ official channels, showcases vintage footage of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison.

The background of ‘Now and Then’

In the late ’70s, John Lennon recorded a demo of the song in his New York Dakota Building apartment, accompanied only by his voice and a piano. In 1994, Yoko Ono presented 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 in the early ’90s due to audio quality issues. In 2022, the project was revisited after Peter Jackson’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ docuseries used MAL technology to enhance the sound. Paul and Ringo resumed their 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.