Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Freddie Mercury's Time Waits For No One unearthed

Freddie Mercury's Time Waits For No One unearthed

The single was originally recorded in 1986 along with fellow musician, Dave Clark, as a part of a conceptual album for the musical, Time.

A stripped down version, however, had been recorded at a piano rehearsal with Clark which he unearthed in 2017 after a decade long search.

There has been a renewed interest in the life of the late singer after the release of Rami Malek-starrer "Bohemian Rhapsody".

"This is about a celebration of Freddie, what an incredible contribution he did to our music industry", he said of Thursday's release.

"Time Waits for No One" was lost after recording and Clark said he spent a decade trying to find the track. With Mercury centered with a mic in London's Dominion Theatre, the video is simplistic despite Mercury's presence and performance being anything but. The performance is as wonderful as it is haunting as Mercury is heard belting out the lyrics, "Time waits for no one/We've got to build this world together/Or we'll have no more future at all".

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The film made a staggering €800 million at the box office. It used 48 tracks of backing vocals and set a record for Abbey Road at the time of 96 total tracks of instruments and vocals. Going straight to video, not the original 35mm film it was shot in, the song was released on May thof that year, and the original footage was consigned to the vaults.

According to Universal, after the original version of the song was released, songwriter Dave Clark could still remember Mercury's rendition of the song during the rehearsal at London's Abbey Road Studios.

As for the video, Clark rooted out the negatives from the original four-camera shoot (below) along with unprocessed film and spent four days with his editor to produce the new video.

"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 ideal representation of Freddie's "magic performance".

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