Ringo talks Now and Then
In a relatively recent interview with the Associated Press, Ringo was asked about the elusive final Beatles track, which still hasn’t been identified by title by any of the involved parties, but which everyone assume is “Now and Then”. He and Paul FaceTime each other about twice a month, Ringo reveals. When asked when it will be released, he says that he cannot say, “because it should really have been out already”. So it seems something has happened to delay the release. In the Steve Hoffman forum “Music Corner” it’s implied that people from (The Beatles’) Apple are actually paying attention to the ongoing discussions there about the release, and have delayed the release date in order to implement suggestions by forum members.
Ringo says the song was on the same tape as “Free As A Bird” and that he was asked by Paul last year if the two of them should finish it. Ringo agreed, and he explained how Peter Jackson’s software MAL was the technology used when they lifted John Lennon’s voice out of the recording.
George Harrison had already recorded a rhythm guitar track that was used, while Paul has now recorded a guitar solo for the song. Ringo re-recorded his drums, as he had only kept the time when they worked on this song in the nineties.
Earlier, Ringo also revealed that Paul and Giles Martin had been in Los Angeles to add orchestration. It turns out that work on the last Beatles song has been going on for quite some time. Here we have Paul McCartney and Giles Martin in Capitol Studios in Los Angeles May 1, 2022 while working on adding strings to the song.
Ringo’s interview was taped on September 6, but published only yesterday, 28 September. He also talks about his upcoming EP releases and other interesting stuff.