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The Beatles have released a short film revealing how they made their last song together 43 years after John Lennon's death.
The band are releasing the track, Now and Then, which late singer John began recording in the late 1970s before it was unearthed by his wife in the nineties.
Talking on the short film which premiered on the One Show on Wednesday, Paul McCartney said: 'When we lost John we knew it was really over'.
However, John's wife Yoko Uno handed over a series of demos that John had been working on prior to his death, some of which they released at the time.
Referencing George Harrison's death, he said: 'In 2001 we lost George, which took the wind out of our sails, it took almost a quarter of a century before we tackled Now and Then again.'
Back in the studio! The Beatles have released a short film revealing how they made their last song together 43 years after John Lennon 's death (Paul McCartney pictured in the 1990s)
Demo: The band are releasing the track, Now and Then, which late singer John began recording in the late 1970s before it was unearthed by his wife in the nineties (pictured)
Using new technology, which they used during the production of docu-series Get Back, the band were able to separate voices and instruments, giving them hope of working on the track again.
Speaking on hearing John's voice again for the first time, Ringo said: 'It was the closest we'll ever come to having him back in the room so it was very emotional for all of us. It was like John was there, you know. It's far out.'
A video of John recording the demo at his home in New York's Dakota Building was given to the rest of the the band in 1994.
It included demos for Free As A Bird and Real Love, which were both completed as new Beatles songs and respectively released as singles in 1995 and 1996, as part of The Beatles Anthology project.
At the same time, Paul, George and Ringo also recorded new parts and completed a rough mix for Now And Then with producer Jeff Lynne.
At that point, technological limitations prevented John's vocals and piano from being separated to achieve the clear, unclouded mix needed to finish the song.