After Now And Then , could The Beatles come back with more songs? In any case, this is what Peter Jackson, director of the music video for the legendary rock group's latest title, suggested to the Sunday Times on Sunday November 5.
It is partly thanks to Peter Jackson that the new Beatles song, which brings John Lennon's voice back to life using artificial intelligence, saw the light of day. While working on The Beatles: Get Back (2021), his documentary series dedicated to the legendary British singers, the director examined more than 60 hours of never-before-seen images and 150 hours of audio recordings of the Liverpool group. These archives were filmed in January 1969 for the documentary Let It Be (1970). Thanks to the latter, the filmmaker notably extracted John Lennon's voice by separating it, with AI, from the piano melodies.
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As he told the Sunday Times, the director says that other extracts from his documentary series could potentially be used to create other songs. “We could get a recording of Get Back, separate John and George's vocals, then have Paul and Ringo add a chorus or harmonies and we'd get a cool song,” he said. I haven't spoken to Paul McCartney about it yet. It’s a bit of a fanboy thing, but it’s entirely possible.”
The new title Now And Then, released Thursday November 2 at 2 p.m., climbed to the top of the British charts. In just five days, the song received more than 20 million plays on YouTube. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, the last surviving members of the group, actually lent their voices to the song. Recordings of electric and acoustic guitar played by George Harrison dating from 1995, before his death in 2001, were also used.