Paul employs AI to release third “new” Beatles song

37 Responses

  1. Tony says:

    Oh my! This is huge news!

  2. NB7 says:

    This is ridiculously huge news!
    Paul mentioned the Let It Be sessions and Peter Jackson, could it be a reworking of Watching Rainbows that wasn’t on the Let It Be set?
    Obviously the money is on Now and Then but what if it isn’t?!

    • admin says:

      We think that Paul’s mention of Get Back is just to say that the same technology (known as MAL) was employed on this new release.

  3. John Kaelin says:

    Will this be part of a larger reissue/remaster of The Anthology series?

  4. Diego says:

    I hope they use this release to put the Anthology out on bluray finally, including the full Threetles footage.

  5. Andrey Michael says:


  6. Stephen says:

    It’s 100% Now and Then.
    Skye @hidIive from Beatles reddit found the copyright renewal form for ‘Now and Then’ dated 7th Feb 2023 for ‘work registered’ and ‘work amended’.

  7. Kevin says:

    So what about contributions from George and Ringo? Is Paul using their old 1995 takes, such as there may be? Or is this all Paul’s wizardry applied over John’s demo?

    • Stephen says:

      Paul has always stated that he wants to ‘finish’ the 1995 track. There’s no way Olivia and Dhani would agree to it being a ‘Beatle’ track without George being present on it.

      • Kevin says:

        Ta! I know that Paul, Ringo, and Olivia and Yoko, as representatives of their husbands’ estates, have to agree on anything put out as a “Beatles” release. So I take some comfort in that.

  8. Stephen says:

    Really think this should be an EP with either the more modern Jeff Lynne remixes of FAAB and Real Love on it, or even newer remixes, using the MAL technology to bring Lennon’s vocal up more prominently.

  9. Michael Mason says:

    I’ve heard the current recording of Now and Then dozens of times. This is a great song that should be completed.

  10. DrRobert says:

    A great idea for the EP! They would never do this, but Grow Old Along with Me has parts from John, Paul, Ringo, and George Martin. Those 4 songs together, remixed/remastered, wpuld make for a fine “final Beatles” EP.

  11. Craig Hedges says:

    Paul just mentions it like everybody already knew about it, not I’ve got a big exclusive for you”. Has Peter Jackson got another Beatle project coming out this year? he seemed very interested in the period after the Let it Be sessions, has he done a documentary about the final months of the Beatles and this song will be played at the end. Its got to be tied to a project for us to get more money out of us. It won’t just be released and disappear as a stream/download. I hope there is a big global first play with events like ABBA did with their comeback song, be great to go to Liverpool to hear the premiere.

  12. Bob says:

    I’m excited for the 17 year old to experience what most everyone experienced in our life times.
    Just purely speculation…..A little while ago didn’t Peter Jackson mention he was working on another project with the Sirs? Wonder if this could perhaps be a part of what it is he’s doing? Hard to imagine this as a stand alone single. It will be nice to have a ‘final'(wink, wink) gift.

  13. James Peet says:

    It’s exciting news, certainly. The versions that I’ve heard online are interesting, and hopefully the finished release will be as good as they can possibly be. It’s very moving to think that John wrote “for Paul” on the cassette. This is news to me, I don’t recall any mention of this during the Anthology period. I could be wrong.

    Given the modern way of releasing singles, I’d imagine that it’ll be a stand-alone digital affair. Being the Beatles, they might issue physical versions, which would be nice. I never feel like I “own” music that is digitally stored on my computer/phone.

    The release date may be to chime with Christmas, which was a Beatles tradition in the sixties.

  14. Tumble Starker says:

    Horrific news, there is a reason these tracks were not released in the first place, the reason being they were shite the first time round and deemed not worthy of being recorded! This nonsense needs to stop, ‘Free as a Bird’, ‘Real Love’ both substandard Beatles tracks, no one deems them classics and if George says it’s shite then it needs to stay in the can, no amount of robots can create the chemistry the Beatles had between 1960 – 1970, for me it’s all about more money into the coffers! Pack it in and enjoy the original albums!

    • Danny Jones says:

      They were demos. Lots of bands/artists record demos and come back to them at some point further down the line. Not always on the next album they release either. So it’s wrong to say they were deemed not worthy of release. It could be that Lennon DID think that, and we’ll never know. Yes George didn’t like the results of Now & Then but that was without the new tech to clean it up better. Plus George also vetoed tracks off the Anthology project that have since turned up on the SDE box sets. That said if you think they are Sh*te that’s completely your prerogative. I happen to think Free as a Bird and Real Love are better than Maxwell’s Silver Hammer & Honey Pie at the very least 🙂

  15. Bill Chi says:

    “Nice job Lennon”

  16. Juan says:

    It’s known that Paul always throws this sort of comments when needed. I’ll believe it when I hear it.

  17. Blakey says:

    As you say, Juan, Paul does ‘time’ these ‘announcements’ when ‘required’ (as John and George both noticed). But whether this track will be good or bad is up in the air. John’s vocal on ‘Now and Then’ is clearer than both ‘Free As A Bird’ and ‘Real Love’. But ‘Free As Bird’ – I feel – had too much Jeff Lynne influence. It sounds like a slowed down ELO. I wonder if Giles and Sam will be brought in to rejuvenate ‘Now and Then’?

    Also, hard to see it as just a one track stand alone ‘single’. Will there be an ‘Anthology 4’. Or will there be a ‘Love’ style album, but featuring the solo Beatles combined (like the bootleg ‘Everyday Chemistry’)?

  18. Blakey says:

    One other thought is did George leave any unreleased songs or demos that could be made into a Beatles track? As well as ‘Now and Then’ it would be lovely to have a ‘new’ Beatles song with a Harrison vocal as well.

  19. Blakey says:

    I am optimistic about this ‘last’ Beatles track. Sort of proof it can be done. Three Beatles on one song here. Beautiful Night combined with Stand By Me.

  20. Tim Wilson says:

    There is a lot that could be done with AI on some of the unfinished or half played tracks from Get Back/Let It Be sessions. Yes, it’s not the same creative Beatle centric process, especially with half the group missing, but they could be enjoyable tidbits that do no harm to their legacy.
    Could you morph the pre or post breakup versions of Every Night, Teddy Boy, Another Day, Jealous Guy (On the Road to Marrakesh), All Things Must Pass, Isn’t It A Pity (all played within the group prior to splitting) into something more Beatle-like with AI?

  21. William Campbell says:

    The double CD release of Anthology 3 left room for “Now And Then,” but the song didn’t get finished. So maybe we’ll get remasters of the Anthology series of CDs, with “Now And Then” finally on Anthology 3. And probably with the usual brick walling by the digitally hampered Giles Martin, unfortunately.

  22. Tim Wilson says:

    I never figured out the rationale for the brick walling of some of the remasters. It reduced fidelity and dynamic range. Made them sound less alive with diminished presence. Don’t need to make their recordings louder….we all have a volume control.

    • Glenn says:

      I’ve always found it ironic that digital gave us a medium with increased dynamic range. Unfortunately it also gave us an objective value for maximum volume. So what do producers do? Squash the hell out of the dynamics to make it louder.

  23. Tom says:

    I thought the third “new” Beatles Song was called All for Love”.

  24. Arno Guzek says:

    Sean wrote on twitter 5.49 PM · 17. jun. 2023 That is not happening. All we did was clean the noise from the vocal track. People are completely misunderstanding what occurred. There have always been ways of ‘de-noising’ tracks but AI just does it better because it learns what the vocal is and is able to very precisely remove everything that is not the vocal.

  25. B Browne says:

    Sean has added another comment on Twitter’, in response to someone asking what role George plays on the new track. Sean tweeted, ‘Hey Carolyn…I shouldn’t speak too much on this yet but I’ll just say the track turned out beautifully and I think everyone will be very happy.’

  26. William Campbell says:

    A few months ago, I dug out the 4 copies of the promo 45 of “The Beatles’ Movie Medley” that I had picked up years ago. None of them had ever been played.

    I transferred them to digital at 24 bit, 192 kHz. But I only used the first copy for editing because it was in perfect condition. There weren’t any vinyl flaws that needed patching up from the other 3 copies. I manually cleaned up the first copy, and it sounds great. The full dynamics have been retained.

    It could make a great addition to the end of disc 2 of Anthology 3.

    If anyone would like “more information” about a 16 bit, 44.1 kHz version, contact me at rnrmagicman ‘at’ gmail.

  27. John N Kaelin says:

    Paul just tweeted to clarify the new song. He confirmed it is real and all 4 of them play on it. He once again said it is coming later this year.

  1. June 15, 2023

    […] If the song is “Now and Then,” it’s unclear whether Harrison, who died in 2001, made significant contributions to the recording. However, a 2005 story in The Washington Post claims that he is on the track. According to The Beatles Bible, the three only worked on the song for two days, producing a “rough backing track.” […]

  2. June 19, 2023

    […] Beatles fans are having very different ideas and emotions regarding the up and coming “final Beatles song” which Paul McCartney mentioned off hand in a BBC interview, as we reported in a previous post. […]

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