If you are a big Freddie Mercury fan – you’ll want to block out the next three and a half minutes.
Overnight Thursday, Universal Music posted a video for the previously unreleased version of a song from the late and legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, “Time Waits for No One.”
Back in January 1986, Mercury recorded the solo track “Time.”
The original multi-track, big production song was created for the concept album based on Dave Clark’s musical of the same name and released as a single on May 6 of that year.
The newly released track is a much more stripped down version – dramatically different from the highly produced, officially released song.
According to the posting, after the original version of the song was released, “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 scouring the vaults to find the version without all the production – he finally found the tape in the spring of 2018.
The new release follows the massive success of last year’s Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which became the highest-grossing music biopic in history, making more than $900 million. Rami Malek, who portrayed Mercury in the film, won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award.