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Unheard Beatles song set for release

art and culture Updated: Apr 30, 2007 18:56 IST
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The surviving members of the Beatles are set to release a never-before-heard new single.

The track, called Now and Then, is based on a John Lennon recording, given to Sir Paul McCartney by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in 1994 as part of their Anthology project.

According to friends this may now be the “one last great song” that McCartney has been waiting for since he recommenced touring and working in 1989.

“Paul was asked in the early Nineties when he started touring again, why he was doing it. They said that he was rich, he didn’t need this. But Paul said that he felt he had one great song left in him. He’s always been the most uncannily intuitive person and it looks like that song has finally arrived,” the Daily Express quoted ELO musician Jeff Lynne, who produced the sessions, as saying.

Archive tracks from George Harrison will also be merged with the new song, along with vocals from McCartney and drumming from Ringo Starr. The iconic band is likely to redeem hundreds of millions of pounds in new marketing campaigns around the first release of Beatles digital downloads.

But the new song will be surprise package for their existing fans as well as the new generation of music lovers. Lynne also said that the best thing about the song was that it brought back a lot of memories.

“The best thing about it all was to work with John again. Hearing him in the headphones, it was like he was in the next room. It’s like an impossible dream,” he said.

According to sources, McCartney has reverted to the drawing board and will conclude the song the way he and John always worked, making it a suitable Lennon-McCartney masterpiece.

Along with the new track, McCartney will also release a new album, Memory Almost Full, in June, which will coincide with the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

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