WATCH: A twelve-minute recount of the decades-long journey to record “Now and Then”

The Beatles have dropped a sweet lil 12 min doc in preparation for the release of ‘Now and Then’

The Beatles have released Now and Then – The Last Beatles Song, a twelve-minute documentary that details the production process for their final single “Now and Then”, set to release November third.

The story of The Beatles last track spans nearly a half-century; the track was penned by the late John Lennon, initially recorded at his home piano in 1979. 

The final mix has been a long time coming. Lennon’s demo was first reviewed in 1995, at which point George Harrison added a guitar part, but was soon abandoned due to its technical issues and limitations.

Only very recently has recording technology advanced to a point that The Beatles – always at the forefront – have deemed the full vision of “Now and Then” able to be realised. 

In Now and Then The Last Beatles Song, technical intrigue is balanced with tender reflection.

The eponymous single is not just a ground-breaking production, but a framing device for a poignant tribute to John Lennon, George Harrison, and the eternal legacy of the fab four. 

“It was incredibly touching to hear them working together after all the years that my dad had been gone,” says Sean Ono Lennon, John’s son, “It’s the last song that my dad and Paul and George and Ringo will get to make together.”

Watch the short film via The Beatles here or above.

Words By Harrison Jones.