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More than 53 years after the release of their last studio album let it beThe Beatles are “back” with a new song called “Now and Then.”
The rock ballad, released on November 2nd, was originally written and recorded by John Lennon Solo track however, it was never completed before his death. The unfinished song languished in limbo until Paul McCartney revived it with the help of AI last year. “When we came to make the last Beatles record, it was a demo that John had,” McCartney said in an interview earlier this year. “We were able to take John’s voice and clean it through this AI. Then we can mix the record as usual.”
“Now and Then” is available now on a limited-edition, 7-inch clear vinyl edition from Amazon (get a 12-inch version here).
The release of “Now and Then” is part of an expanded 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles’ 1973 compilation albums – known as the “Red” and “Blue” albums. Amazon released the Beatles’ “new” album at a list price of over $149 and is currently offering it for just $118 – a 21% discount.
The deal gets you a six LP set that includes: The Beatles 1962 – 1966 (also known as the “red” album) and The Beatles 1967 – 1970 (also known as the “blue” album) on vinyl (it’s also available on CD for $30).
The 50th anniversary vinyl release contains 75 tracks across six LPs. The “Red” album contains 12 additional tracks, including some of George Harrison’s earliest songs and Beatles covers of R&B and rock hits that were among the band’s favorites (think Smokey Robinson’s “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me” and Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven”).
In addition to “Now and Then,” the “Blue” album contains nine other tracks, including “Blackbird” and “Glass Onion.” Released on Capitol Records, the label states that 36 of the tracks have “new mixes” for 2023.
Everything is bundled in a collectible gatefold with inserts featuring new cover notes from journalist and author John Harris. Regularly priced at $149, get the Beatles’ “new” compilation albums now on vinyl for just $118 at Amazon.com.