A 12-minute short film, Now and Then: The Last Beatles Song, is now currently available to stream on both Disney+ and YouTube.
There have been remasters and new mixes through the years. Until recently, it was thought that “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love” were the last songs to be recorded and released by The Beatles. It turns out that thanks to modern state-of-the-art technology and The Beatles: Get Back, we’re getting one last Beatles song in the form of “Now and Then.” The song is one of four tracks that Yoko Ono gave to Paul for The Beatles Anthology project. Another track, “Grow Old With Me,” was not worked on during the 1995 session. However, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney recorded the song for inclusion on a recent Ringo album.
The short documentary features new commentary with clips from recent and previous recording sessions. If not for the MAL technology, it’s highly unlikely that we wouldn’t be getting this song. There were some issues with the initial “Real Love” demo but they were able to clean it up at the time. Recent mixing has allowed for an even cleaner recording. However, this song had a lot of issues to to point in which George Harrison referred to it as “rubbish.” They gave up after a day or two only for Peter Jackson’s technology to bring them back together again for the last time. All four of them! While Paul McCartney pays homage with a slide guitar in George’s style, they utilize George’s guitar work from the 1990s. Moreover, backing vocals are pulled from a trio of songs. So yes, it really is a genuine Beatles recording.
I became a Beatles fan in 1995 and cannot wait to listen to the song. If this short film does not hype you up, I do not know what will. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a fan of The Beatles. I’ll also use this moment to remind you about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit. You have until the end of the year to see The Beatles: Get Back to Let It Be in Cleveland.
The last Beatles song “Now And Then” will be available worldwide at 10:00am ET / 7:00am PT on Thursday, November 2 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. The release includes cover art by Ed Ruscha and the double A side is paired with “Love Me Do.” Peter Jackson helms the accompanying music video for “Now And Then,” which will be available November 3 on Disney+. On November 10, The Beatles’ 1962-1966 (The Red Album) and 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) collections will be available in 2023 Edition packages by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. Both albums feature additional tracks and songs mixed in stereo and Dolby Atmos.
Thank you to Peter Jackson for helping to make this possible. It goes without saying that I thank John, Paul, George, and Ringo for the many songs that they’ve gifted us. It’s why I first picked up a guitar and took a piano class in school. I own all their albums starting with my first purchases of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I’ll let our favorite four lads from Liverpool close things out:
And in the endThe love you take Is equal to the love you make
DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: Oliver Murray
FEATURING: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Sean Ono Lennon, Peter Jackson