The Beatles Premieres New Song “Now And Then” on BBC Radio 1
British rock band The Beatles, consisting of John Lennon (vocals/guitar), Paul McCartney (vocals/bass), George Harrison (vocals/guitar), and Ringo Starr (drums), premiered a new song “Now And Then” on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Clara Amfo.
It is their first song in 53 years since the 1970 album “Let It Be”.
The Oliver Murray-directed music video for the song will premier on November 3, at 10 a.m. Eastern.
The song was written by the late John Lennon as a home demo in the 1970s.
Paul McCartney got the demo tape from Yoko Ono when he, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together for the 1995 Anthology documentary.
They recorded the song with the vocal John Lennon had recorded on tape, but couldn't pick up John Lenon's voice clearly from the demo tape with the technology of the time.
Ringo Starr recalled, “When we started 'Now and Then,' it was very difficult because John was sort of hidden in a way.”
In 2021, Peter Jackson and his audio team used the sound-separation technology that was used for the Get Back documentary and separated John's voice from the tape hiss and background noise.
In 2022, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr started working again with producer with Giles Martin on the song, reintegrating George Harrison's work from 1995 and completed the song.
Paul McCartney told Clara Amfo about the song, “Before John died, he was working on some songs, and Yoko spoke to George Harrison, and said 'We've got some I've got a cassette with some John songs on that he never got to finish. Would you be interested in finishing them off?'. So, we thought about it, yeah it'd be great. Because, I mean, in a way we'd be working with John again, which we thought we'd never be able to do. So we worked and finished two of the songs, but we didn't get around to finishing the third one. And the third one's called 'Now And Then'. So it was knocking around for a long time. And I kept thinking, there's something here, you know. We should finish this. So I ended up, talking to Ringo and we asked him if he fancied putting the drums on again.”
He continued, “Cause the first one of the - 'cause we didn't have time! It was just a machine drum, so it wasn't soulful.So he put his drums on again, and then I thought well, I could up the bass a bit, so I put the bass on again. We already had George playing guitar, and we had John on vocal. So it was kind of magical doing it. So we just gradually finished it up, and I then got in touch with Giles Martin, who's George Martin's son, who's our great Beatles producer. And together we put some strings on it, So we ended up making it into a real record. And that's what's been released.”
He added, “Just a loving feeling. that's often what we were trying to do with our record was we're trying to spread love. And in this one, it is very poignant. This John talking about I miss you and stuff like that, so, I think emotion. I think that's that would be the key word. For people to take away from it. Emotion.”
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- source : BBC Radio 1