On November 2, 2023, the world was treated to a new Beatles song, "Now and Then," released over 40 years after the band broke up. The song was discovered on a cassette tape that belonged to John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. The tape contained a demo of the song that Lennon had recorded in the late 1970s, along with other demos that were later used for the Beatles' posthumous albums Free as a Bird and Real Love.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr decided to finish the song, and they brought in producer Giles Martin, son of the Beatles' longtime producer George Martin, to help them. The song was released as a double A-side single with the Beatles' 1962 debut single, "Love Me Do."

"Now and Then" is a beautiful and moving ballad that perfectly captures the sound of the Beatles. Lennon's vocals are soaring and emotive, and McCartney and Starr's backing vocals are perfectly harmonized. The song is a testament to the Beatles' timeless music and their enduring legacy.

Critical Reception

"Now and Then" has received critical acclaim, with critics praising its beauty, its emotional impact, and the fact that it is a true Beatles recording.

The Guardian called the song "a beautiful and moving ballad" and "a fitting end to the Beatles' story."

Rolling Stone said that the song is "a must-listen for any fan of the Beatles" and that it is "a reminder of their timeless music and enduring legacy."


"Now and Then" is a special song that brings the Beatles back together, even though they are no longer with us. It is a beautiful and moving ballad that is sure to resonate with fans of all ages. I highly recommend "Now and Then" to anyone who loves the Beatles or who simply enjoys great music.