A previously unheard Freddie Mercury track, “Time Waits For No One”, has been unveiled.
BBC Radio 2 played the song Thursday after Universal Music announced they would be releasing a video of Mercury performing the track.
The song was written by Dave Clark, who discussed the track with Radio 2’s Zoe Ball.
Clark said, according to the BBC: “When we first recorded it, I went to Abbey Road and we ran through with just Freddie and piano. It gave me goosebumps. It was magic.
“Then we got down to recording the track and we [added] 48 tracks of voices, which had never been done in Abbey Road before, then the whole backing.
“It was fabulous — but I still felt there was something about the original rehearsal.”
Universal Music added in the announcement, according to Variety: “Dave Clark had always remembered that performance of Freddie Mercury at Abbey Road Studios from 1986. The feeling he had during the original rehearsal, experiencing ‘goosebumps,’ hadn’t dissipated over the decades, and he wanted to hear this original recording — just Freddie on vocals and Mike Moran on piano.”
“After much searching through the vaults to find the version without all the backing vocals, he finally retrieved it from his tape archive in the spring of 2018.
“Bringing in original keyboardist Mike Moran to record a new piano track… Dave eventually produced the performance he had longed to revive – stripping back the 96-track version to a version with just one: Freddie Mercury.
“But the audio needed a visual and Dave didn’t want to just cut old footage together. He had the negatives from the four-camera shoot and the unprocessed film which was being stored for a time at Rank Laboratories in Pinewood but returned to Dave. A four-day lockdown in a special facility to pore through the negatives with his editor led to the discovery and production of this visual masterpiece, a perfect representation of Freddie’s ‘magic performance. He tasted every word.’”