Disney has announced a brand new 12-minute documentary film called “Now And Then – The Last Beatles Song”, which tells the story of The Beatles last song.
The documentary features exclusive footage and commentary from the four members of the group, Paul, Ringo, George, Sean Ono Lennon, plus from the film maker, Peter Jackson, who directed and edited the three-part documentary Disney+ Original series, “The Beatles: Get Back”. And it was because of that series, that this song was able to be re-created as “Now and Then’s” eventful journey to fruition took place over five decades and is the product of conversations and collaborations between the four Beatles that go on to this day. The long mythologised John Lennon demo was first worked on in February 1995 by Paul, George and Ringo as part of The Beatles Anthology project, but it remained unfinished, partly because of the impossible technological challenges involved in working with the vocal John had recorded on tape in the 1970s. For years it looked like the song could never be completed. But in 2022, there was a stroke of serendipity.
A software system developed by Peter Jackson and his team, used throughout the production of the documentary series Get Back, finally opened the way for the uncoupling of John’s vocal from his piano part. As a result, the original recording could be brought to life and worked on anew with contributions from all four Beatles. This remarkable story of musical archaeology reflects The Beatles’ endless creative curiosity and shared fascination with technology. It marks the completion of the last recording that John, Paul and George and Ringo will get to make together and celebrates the legacy of the foremost and most influential band in popular music history.
Check out the trailer below:
This new original documentary will be released on Disney+ on November 1st 2023 and the song will also be released on digital platforms on Thursday 2nd November 2023, 2pm GMT / 10am EDT / 7am PDT. It’ll also be released on physical media!
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