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The Beatles Now And Then Remasterd
May 10, 2010
This remasterd song is off of the bootleg album now and then In January 1,994, Paul McCartney was given two tape cassettes by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono that included home recordings of songs Lennon never completed or released commercially. The songs on the tape included the eventually completed and released "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love", in addition to two other songs was a tape with the words "for Paul" scrawled hastily in John's handwriting, which included "Grow Old With Me" and "Now and Then". In March 1,995, the three surviving Beatles began work on "Now and Then" by recording a rough backing track that was to be used as an overdub. However, after only two days of recording, all work on the song ceased and plans for a third reunion single were scrapped permanently.
According to McCartney, George Harrison "didn't want to do it," possibly because new verses would have had to be written. Producer Jeff Lynne reported that "It was one day—one afternoon, really—messing with it. The song had a chorus but is almost totally lacking in verses. We did the backing track, a rough go that we really didn't finish." An additional factor behind scrapping the song was a technical defect in the original recording. Like "Real Love", a 60 cycles mains hum can be heard throughout Lennon's demo recording. However, it was noticeably louder on '"Now and Then", making it much harder to remove.
Throughout 2,005 and 2,006, press reports speculated that McCartney and Starr would release a complete version of the song in the future. On 29 April 2,007, the Daily Express reported that the song might be released to coincide with the Beatles catalogue being released for the first time via digital download. Additional reports circulated that same year that McCartney was hoping to complete the song as a "Lennon/McCartney composition" by writing new verses, laying down a new drum track recorded by Ringo Starr, and utilizing archival recordings of Harrison's guitar work.
In April 2,008, The Sun reported that "there have been discussions about finishing 'Now and Then.'" From there, the story was picked up and repeated by a number of music and entertainment media sources.
The only (unofficial) available recording of the song is Lennon's original demo. In February 2,009, the same version of Lennon's recording was released on a bootleg CD, taken from a different source, with none of the "buzz" which hampered the Beatles recording of the song in 1,995. The overdubs added in 1,995 by the other surviving members have yet to surface.
A popular fan remix from 2,007 called the "1,995 edit" consists of Lennon's original demo along with instrumental overdubs by an unspecified artist and samples from various 1,960s Beatles songs. Contrary to repeated misconception, this remix does not contain any of the work that the three surviving members of The Beatles recorded in the 1,990s.