Will Paul McCartney Complete Unfinished Beatles Shows???
Paul McCartney still wants to finish the discarded Beatles Anthology reunion track, "Now And Then." The tune, which was a late-'70s unfinished John Lennon demo, was given to the Beatles by Yoko Ono along with "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" for consideration as one of the reunion songs. Work only progressed as far as a drum track on the tune, due to a persistent and irremovable buzz, which marred the recording. George Harrison was adamant that the band scrap plans to finish it.
In the new documentary, Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne And ELO, a lighthearted McCartney talks about resurrecting the dumped Beatles track, which along with the other reunion tracks was produced by Jeff Lynne: "And there was another one that we started working on, but George went off it (laughs). So that one's still lingering around somewhere. I'm gonna nick in with Jeff and do it, finish it one of these days."
For the Anthology sessions, the then-surviving Beatles, McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, dubbed "The Threetles" by the British press, spent four sessions between February 1994 and March 1995 attempting to flesh out "Now And Then" along with the eventually released reunion songs "Free As A Bird," and "Real Love."
Lennon's demo for "Now And Then" -- also known as "I Don't Want To Lose You" -- has been available on the underground circuit for years.
George Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison, told us that there's probably a good reason why the additional track from Anthology sessions from the mid-'90s has remained unreleased: "Well, I don't know that much about it. But I know that if they thought something wasn't good enough then that's probably the reason no one's heard it. Y'know, if they never got around to it -- sometimes that's it, time runs out."
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