'Lost' Freddie Mercury Song Released 33 Years After It Was Recorded
After four decades, a previously unheard performance by the late and legendary Queen frontman has hit the airwaves.
The track -- which has not been released since it was recorded in 1986 -- was dropped by universal Music on Thursday after nearly two years of work and almost a decade of searching.
"Time Waits For No One" was originally part of the concept album for the 1986 West End musical Time -- a space-age musical in which Cliff Richard portrayed a rock star who must represent Earth when the planet goes on trial before a galactic high court.
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When it was released in conjunction with the musical, the song featured Freddie Mercury accompanied by dozens of layers of backing vocals, leaving his iconic voice little room to shine.
Now, an early piano rehearsal of the song has finally seen the light of day.
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.
"The feeling he had during the original rehearsal, experiencing ‘goosebumps,’ hadn’t dissipated over the decades, and he wanted to hear this original recording," Universal said in a statement.
"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."
After finally locating the recording, Clark isolated Mercury's voice and brought in original keyboardist Mike Moran to lay down a new piano track.
The result is Mercury at his most stirring and powerful -- just him, his ever-impressive vocal range and a piano.
The song's release comes after the enormous success of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which scored four Oscars, including Best Actor for Rami Malek's portrayal and lip syncing of Mercury.
The film went on to make upwards of $840 million at the worldwide box office, becoming the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time.