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Freddie Mercury’s lost recording of Time Waits For No One is released

Freddie Mercury’s lost recording of the stripped back version of Time Waits For No One has been released and premiered on Radio 2 following a ten-year search for the track.

The Queen frontman, who passed away aged 45 from complications with AIDS in 1991, recorded his own version of the song in 1985 at Abbey Road Studios after it was specifically created for him by Dave Clark for his 1986 musical Time.

Dave, 76, of The Dave Clark Five band, went on a ten-year hunt for the original rehearsal recording, which sees Freddie singing with just a piano, and he finally discovered the unearthed gem in spring 2018.  

Incredible: Freddie Mercury's lost recording of the stripped back version of Time Waits For No One has been released following a ten-year search for the track by Dave Clark (pictured together, left, with a friend, right, in the 80s)

Incredible: Freddie Mercury’s lost recording of the stripped back version of Time Waits For No One has been released following a ten-year search for the track by Dave Clark (pictured together, left, with a friend, right, in the 80s) 

Talking about recording the song, Dave, who has spent two years working on the hidden track, said: ‘We got on great… if I didn’t like something I’d say, and vice versa… we were both aiming for the same thing: to make something special.’ 

During the recording sessions, Freddie met keyboardist, Mike Moran, for the first time and the two went on to become great friends, producing Barcelona together. 

The track was fuelled by ‘fabulous food, vodka and Cristal Champagne’ courtesy of Freddie’s personal chef at the time Joe Fanelli.

Talking about recording the song further with Zoe Ball on Radio 2, Dave said: ‘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.

Unearthed track: The Queen frontman, who passed away aged 45 from complications with AIDS in 1991, recorded his own version of the song in 1985 at Abbey Road Studios after it was specifically created for him by Dave Clark for his 1986 musical Time

Unearthed track: The Queen frontman, who passed away aged 45 from complications with AIDS in 1991, recorded his own version of the song in 1985 at Abbey Road Studios after it was specifically created for him by Dave Clark for his 1986 musical Time 

Hunt: Dave, 76, of The Dave Clark Five band, went on a ten-year hunt for the original rehearsal recording, which sees Freddie singing with just a piano, and he finally discovered the unearthed gem in spring 2018 (Freddie pictured in 1985)

Hunt: Dave, 76, of The Dave Clark Five band, went on a ten-year hunt for the original rehearsal recording, which sees Freddie singing with just a piano, and he finally discovered the unearthed gem in spring 2018 (Freddie pictured in 1985) 

‘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.’ 

Dave has also released a music video to go alongside the track and the musician spent four days in lockdown going through old negatives of Freddie performing Time Waits For No One at London’s Dominion Theatre in the 80s for the footage.   

Recording in style: The track was fuelled by 'fabulous food, vodka and Cristal Champagne' courtesy of Freddie’s personal chef at the time Joe Fanelli (Freddie and Dave pictured in 1987)

Recording in style: The track was fuelled by ‘fabulous food, vodka and Cristal Champagne’ courtesy of Freddie’s personal chef at the time Joe Fanelli (Freddie and Dave pictured in 1987)

Plot: Time the musical had a two-year run at London's Dominion Theatre and was derived from 1970s musical The Time Lord by Soames and Daniels, it merged sci-fi, rock music and ahead-of-its-time special effects (Dave pictured in 2015)

Plot: Time the musical had a two-year run at London’s Dominion Theatre and was derived from 1970s musical The Time Lord by Soames and Daniels, it merged sci-fi, rock music and ahead-of-its-time special effects (Dave pictured in 2015) 

The original video for the song was a four camera shoot and filmed in just three hours so the musical could prepare for that evening’s performance, it was a quick turnaround as just days later it made its debut on Top of the Pops. 

Time the musical had a two-year run at London’s Dominion Theatre and was derived from 1970s musical The Time Lord by Soames and Daniels, it merged sci-fi, rock music and ahead-of-its-time special effects. 

The star-studded line-up, which was performed to more than a million theatregoers during its run, included Sir Laurence Olivier and Cliff Richard.

Time Waits For No One is out today on Virgin EMI (Universal Music Group). 

Wow: The star-studded line-up, which was performed to more than a million theatregoers during its run, included Sir Laurence Olivier and Cliff Richard (Freddie, Dave and Cliff pictured in 1987)

Wow: The star-studded line-up, which was performed to more than a million theatregoers during its run, included Sir Laurence Olivier and Cliff Richard (Freddie, Dave and Cliff pictured in 1987) 

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