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The “Last Beatles Song” will be released Thursday, November 2 at 10 ET. And there’s more Beatles music coming, too.

Let me explain. In 1978, John Lennon recorded a song on a boombox. It was just him sitting at the piano in the Dakota. It was a just a demo that was marred by some background noise. That track was sent to Paul McCartney. When the remaining Beatles tried to make something of the song–called “Now and Then”–when they were putting together their Anthology collection in the 90s, it didn’t work. There was just too much noise to use John’s voice, so they gave up.

Fast-forward about 30 years. AI technology has made it possible to enhance dodgy audio to the point where it’s studio quality. Peter Jackson used this tech to create the audio for the Get Back documentary, something that greatly impressed both Macca and Ringo. “Could we apply these same algorithms to this song John left us?” they asked? Jackson said “Absolutely!”

The result is what’s being called the Last Beatles song and will feature John’s enhanced/cleaned-up vocal, contributions of George Harrison from Anthology sessions, and, of course, Macca and Ringo. This is NOT an AI re-creation or manifestation of John; it’s actually him singing. AI was used to remove all the crappy audio and to bring out all the best in his voice.

“Now and Then” will be preceded by a 12-minute documentary that will go live online November 1 at 3:30 pm ET. In Canada, we will also be able to catch it on CBC and CBC Gem.

It will be followed by the released of the “red” and “blue” blue greatest hits collections that have been expanded and mixed in both stereo and Dolby ATMOS. Those collections will be available as of November 10.

This should be interesting.

NOW AND THEN” / “LOVE ME DO”
(double A-side single)

Produced by Paul McCartney, Giles Martin
Additional Production: Jeff Lynne
Vocals: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Backing Vocals: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Guitars: George Harrison
Guitars, Bass, Piano, Electric Harpsichord, Shaker: Paul McCartney
Drums, Tambourine, Shaker: Ringo Starr

1962-1966 (2023 EDITION)
(2CD: stereo / Digital + Streaming: stereo & Dolby Atmos)

  • = newly added track
  • CD1
    1: Love Me Do (2023 Mix)
    2: Please Please Me (2023 Mix)
    3: I Saw Her Standing There (2023 Mix) *
    4: Twist And Shout (2023 Mix) *
    5: From Me To You (2023 Mix)
    6: She Loves You (2023 Mix)
    7: I Want To Hold Your Hand (2023 Mix)
    8: This Boy (2023 Mix) *
    9: All My Loving (2023 Mix)
    10: Roll Over Beethoven (2023 Mix) *
    11: You Really Got A Hold On Me (2023 Mix) *
    12: Can’t Buy Me Love (2023 Mix)
    13: You Can’t Do That (2023 Mix) *
    14: A Hard Day’s Night (2023 Mix)
    15: And I Love Her (2023 Mix)
    16: Eight Days A Week (2023 Mix)
    17: I Feel Fine (2023 Mix)
    18: Ticket To Ride (2023 Mix)
    19: Yesterday (2023 Mix)
  • CD2
    1: Help! (2023 Mix)
    2: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (2023 Mix)
    3: We Can Work It Out (2023 Mix)
    4: Day Tripper (2023 Mix)
    5: Drive My Car (2023 Mix)
    6 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2023 Mix)
    7: Nowhere Man (2023 Mix)
    8: Michelle (2023 Mix)
    9: In My Life (2023 Mix)
    10: If I Needed Someone (2023 Mix) *
    11: Girl (2023 Mix)
    12: Paperback Writer (2022 Mix)
    13: Eleanor Rigby (2022 Mix)
    14: Yellow Submarine (2022 Mix)
    15: Taxman (2022 Mix) *
    16: Got To Get You Into My Life (2022 Mix) *
    17: I’m Only Sleeping (2022 Mix) *
    18: Here, There And Everywhere (2022 Mix) *
    19: Tomorrow Never Knows (2022 Mix) *

1967-1970 (2023 EDITION)
(2CD: stereo / Digital + Streaming: stereo & Dolby Atmos)

  • = newly added track
  • CD1
    1: Strawberry Fields Forever (2015 Stereo Mix / 2023 Dolby Atmos Mix)
    2: Penny Lane (2017 Mix)
    3: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017 Mix)
    4: With A Little Help From My Friends (2017 Mix)
    5: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (2017 Mix)
    6: Within You Without You (2017 Mix) *
    7: A Day In The Life (2017 Mix)
    8: All You Need Is Love (2015 Stereo Mix / 2023 Dolby Atmos Mix)
    9: I Am The Walrus (2023 Mix)
    10: Hello, Goodbye (2015 Stereo Mix / 2023 Dolby Atmos Mix)
    11: The Fool On The Hill (2023 Mix)
    12: Magical Mystery Tour (2023 Mix)
    13: Lady Madonna (2015 Stereo Mix / 2023 Dolby Atmos Mix)
    14: Hey Jude (2015 Stereo Mix / 2023 Dolby Atmos Mix)
    15: Revolution (2023 Mix)
  • CD2
    1: Back In The U.S.S.R. (2018 Mix)
    2: Dear Prudence (2018 Mix) *
    3: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2018 Mix)
    4: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (2018 Mix)
    5: Glass Onion (2018 Mix) *
    6: Blackbird (2018 Mix) *
    7: Hey Bulldog (2023 Mix) *
    8: Get Back (2015 Stereo Mix / 2023 Dolby Atmos Mix)
    9: Don’t Let Me Down (2021 Mix)
    10: The Ballad Of John And Yoko (2015 Stereo Mix / 2023 Dolby Atmos Mix)
    11: Old Brown Shoe (2023 Mix)
    12: Here Comes The Sun (2019 Mix)
    13: Come Together (2019 Mix)
    14: Something (2019 Mix)
    15: Octopus’s Garden (2019 Mix)
    16: Oh! Darling (2019 Mix) *
    17: I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (2019 Mix) *
    18: Let It Be (2021 Mix)
    19: Across The Universe (2021 Mix)
    20: I Me Mine (2021 Mix) *
    21: The Long And Winding Road (2021 Mix)
    22: Now And Then *

1962-1966 + 1967-1970 (2023 EDITIONS) 4CD SLIPCASED SET
(1962-1966: CDs 1 & 2 / 1967-1970: CDs 3 & 4)
(stereo / all 75 tracks as listed above)

1962-1966 + 1967-1970 (2023 EDITIONS) 6LP VINYL SLIPCASED SET
(1962-1966: LPs 1-3 / 1967-1970: LPs 4-6)
(stereo / 1962-1966 3LP Vinyl & 1967-1970 3LP Vinyl = same track sequencing for each as listed below)
LP1 (‘Red’)
Side A:
1: Love Me Do (2023 Mix)
2: Please Please Me (2023 Mix)
3: From Me To You (2023 Mix)
4: She Loves You (2023 Mix)
5: I Want To Hold Your Hand (2023 Mix)
6: All My Loving (2023 Mix)
7: Can’t Buy Me Love (2023 Mix)
Side B:
1: A Hard Day’s Night (2023 Mix)
2: And I Love Her (2023 Mix)
3: Eight Days A Week (2023 Mix)
4: I Feel Fine (2023 Mix)
5: Ticket To Ride (2023 Mix)
6: Yesterday (2023 Mix)
LP2 (‘Red’)
Side A:
1: Help! (2023 Mix)
2: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (2023 Mix)
3: We Can Work It Out (2023 Mix)
4: Day Tripper (2023 Mix)
5: Drive My Car (2023 Mix)
6: Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2023 Mix)
Side B:
1: Nowhere Man (2023 Mix)
2: Michelle (2023 Mix)
3: In My Life (2023 Mix)
4: Girl (2023 Mix)
5: Paperback Writer (2022 Mix)
6: Eleanor Rigby (2022 Mix)
7: Yellow Submarine (2022 Mix)
LP3 (Bonus ‘Red’ LP)
Side A:
1: I Saw Her Standing There (2023 Mix)
2: Twist And Shout (2023 Mix)
3: This Boy (2023 Mix)
4: Roll Over Beethoven (2023 Mix)
5: You Really Got A Hold On Me (2023 Mix)
6: You Can’t Do That (2023 Mix)
Side B:
1: If I Needed Someone (2023 Mix)
2: Got To Get You Into My Life (2022 Mix)
3: I’m Only Sleeping (2022 Mix)
4: Taxman (2022 Mix)
5: Here, There And Everywhere (2022 Mix)
6: Tomorrow Never Knows (2022 Mix)
LP4 (‘Blue’)
Side A:
1: Strawberry Fields Forever (2015 mix)
2: Penny Lane (2017 mix)
3: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017 Mix)
4: With A Little Help From My Friends (2017 Mix)
5: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (2017 Mix)
6: A Day In The Life (2017 Mix)
7: All You Need Is Love (2015 Mix)
Side B:
1: I Am The Walrus (2023 Mix)
2: Hello, Goodbye (2015 Mix)
3: The Fool On The Hill (2023 Mix)
4: Magical Mystery Tour (2023 Mix)
5: Lady Madonna (2015 Mix)
6: Hey Jude (2015 Mix)
7: Revolution (2023 Mix)
LP5 (‘Blue’)
Side A:
1: Back In The U.S.S.R. (2018 Mix)
2: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2018 Mix)
3: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (2018 Mix)
4: Get Back (2015 Mix)
5: Don’t Let Me Down (2021 Mix)
6: The Ballad Of John And Yoko (2015 Mix)
7: Old Brown Shoe (2023 Mix)
Side B:
1: Here Comes The Sun (2019 Mix)
2: Come Together (2019 Mix)
3: Something (2019 Mix)
4: Octopus’s Garden (2019 Mix)
5: Let It Be (2021 Mix)
6: Across The Universe (2021 Mix)
7: The Long And Winding Road (2021 Mix)
LP6 (Bonus ‘Blue’ LP)
Side A:
1: Now And Then
2: Blackbird (2018 Mix)
3: Dear Prudence (2018 Mix)
4: Glass Onion (2018 Mix)
5: Within You Without You (2017 Mix)
Side B:
1: Hey Bulldog (2023 Mix)
2: Oh! Darling (2019 Mix)
3: I Me Mine (2021 Mix)
4: I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (2019 Mix)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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