‘Now And Then – The Last Beatles Song’ is a 12-minute short film telling the story of how “Now And Then” was finally finished, almost five decades after it was originally written.
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Radio Nova hosted the Irish Premiere of the film at Mutiny Theatre for a special group of Beatles fans with a special introduction by Paul McCartney. It is directed by Oliver Murray and tells the story behind the last Beatles song, with exclusive footage and commentary from Paul, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Sean Ono Lennon and Peter Jackson.
As announced last Thursday, October 26, the last Beatles song, “Now And Then” will be released this Thursday, November 2.
“Now And Then” was written and sung by John Lennon, developed and worked on by Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and now finally finished by Paul and Ringo over four decades later. The double A-side single pairs the last Beatles song with the first: the band’s 1962 debut UK single, “Love Me Do,” a truly fitting full-circle counterpart to “Now And Then.” Both songs are mixed in stereo and Dolby Atmos, and the release features original cover art by renowned artist Ed Ruscha.
The “Now And Then” music video will then premiere worldwide this Friday, November 3 at 2pm on ’ . The poignant and humorous video invites viewers to celebrate The Beatles’ timeless and enduring love for one another with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they create the last Beatles song.
Speaking about directing the music video, Peter Jackson said, “I’m very happy.. I have genuine pride in what we made, and I’ll cherish that for years to come. A huge thanks to Apple Corps and the Fabs for giving me all the support I needed – and not allowing me to wriggle away.”
On November 10, The Beatles’ 1962-1966 (‘The Red Album’) and 1967-1970 (‘The Blue Album’) collections will be released in 2023 Edition packages by Apple Corps.
Since their first incarnations appeared 50 years ago, these albums have introduced successive generations to The Beatles’ music. Both collections’ track lists have been expanded for the new editions, with all the songs mixed in stereo and Dolby Atmos by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios, aided by WingNut Films’ audio de-mixing technology.
The UK single version of “Love Me Do” now kicks off 1962-1966 (2023 Edition) and “Now And Then” is featured on 1967-1970 (2023 Edition) to complete the career-spanning collections, which also include new essays written by journalist and author John Harris.