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I had wanted to write about this back when it happened in the fall of 2023, but I kept getting distracted, and never got around to it. But I still talk to people who consider themselves to be Beatles fans, but who have no idea that this happened. So, maybe it's not too late to write about this: for those of you who don't know (or those of you who do know), there is a new Beatles single that was released in 2023!

I know what you're thinking, and no, this isn't a computer-generated, A.I. deep fake. It is actual music, performed and recorded by all 4 Beatles.

The song is called "Now And Then". Basically, it is a demo tape that John Lennon recorded in 1977, before his murder in 1980. In 1994, after Lennon was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (as a solo artist), his widow, Yoko Ono, sent the tape to Paul McCartney. The 3 surviving Beatles, Paul, George, and Ringo, attempted to finish the song, but at the time, it proved too difficult. The quality of the recording wasn't very good, and it was too difficult to isolate John's performance from background sounds. At the time, the Beatles abandoned "Now And Then", but went ahead with production of 2 other songs on the tape, "Real Love" and "Free As A Bird", which were both released in 1996.

"Now And Then" sat dormant for decades, until the production of The Beatles: Get Back, a 2021 documentary film for Disney that was directed by Peter Jackson. Jackson employed new A.I. technologies to clean up background noise from the Beatles' practice and recording sessions for the Get Back album. During production, Jackson, Paul, and Ringo realized that this same technology could be employed to clean up the audio for "Now And Then" and isolate John's vocal and piano performances. This finally allowed Paul and Ringo to finish the song. They recorded new vocal and instrumental portions, along with an orchestra, and mixed them together with John's vocals, John's piano, and recordings of George's guitar parts from the failed 1995 recording sessions.

This finally allowed "Now And Then" to be finished and released as a new Beatles single in 2023.

"Now And Then" was released as the Beatles final single in November of 2023.

The final product is pretty good. It's definitely not peak Beatles, and it doesn't hold a candle to the band's all-time classics. But it has grown on me over the months. It does beg the question of whether this is what the Beatles would have sounded like if they had continued writing and recording songs together, as a band, into the '70's and '80's. It's a song about nostalgia for the past, and reminiscing about the people in your life who aren't there anymore. As such, it's a fitting endcap for the Beatles' catalogue.

"Now and then, I miss you ...
Now and then, I want you to be there for me ...
"

Goodbye John. Goodbye George. We surely do miss you.

Unless Yoko or Paul are hiding more demo tapes from John and George, "Now And Then" will surely be the final single to ever be released by The Beatles. I'm sure, eventually, someone will start creating A.I.-generated Beatles songs. They might even be published by the Beatles' record company, and might be endorsed by the surviving Beatles (or their estates), thus making them "official" Beatles songs. But that won't be the same. "Now And Then" will remain the final original song featuring genuine performances by all 4 actual Beatles.

"Real Love" was released as a Beatles single in 1996.

"Now And Then" joins "Real Love" and "Free As A Bird" as the final part of The Beatles "reunion album".

"Free As A Bird" was released as a Beatles single in 1996.

"And in the end ...
The love you take,
is equal to the love ...
you make!
"

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