Friday, April 12, 2024

A Final Beatles Record Made by AI: Paul McCartney Actually Brought Back John Lennon in the 90s With Two Songs, “Real Love” and “Free as a Bird” (Listen)


Big news today from the UK: Paul McCartney said on an interview show that he and producer Peter Jackson have constructed a final Beatles record that will come out this year.

The song is an elegiac John Lennon demo from 1978 called “Now and Then.” Paul says they’ve used artificial intelligence to make Lennon’s scratchy vocal sound perfect. What the single will be attached to is unclear but obviously the Beatles are planning some kind of album release now that all their 50th anniversary collections are completed.

From McCartney’s comments, you’d guess that Ringo is playing drums on the new track and that a George Harrison guitar solo has been added.

But the Beatles did do this before in the 1990s. When they issued the Anthology albums they put together “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” two other Lennon tracks. Harrison was still alive and the the tracks are heard often on the Beatles Sirius channel.

There’s a newly remastered version of “Now and Then” on You Tube –see below. So someone knew something was up.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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