Thursday, June 20, 2019

VIDEO: Unreleased version of 1986 Freddie Mercury song surfaces

A previously unreleased version of a 1986 Freddie Mercury song, “Time Waits For No One”, has surfaced more than three decades after its original recording.

Produced by UK music legend Dave Clark, the tune was first featured on a companion album for the hit musical, “Time”, which opened at London’s Dominion Theatre in April 1986; the musical merged sci-fi, rock music and ahead-of-its-time special effects and multimedia, and featured a cast that included Sir Laurence Olivier and Cliff Richard that went on to break box office records while playing to over a million people during its two-year run.

While the album delivered a full production version of “Time Waits For No One”, Clark searched through his vaults to find a mix without backing vocals, which he located in the spring of 2018.

The producer brought in original session keyboardist Mike Moran to record a new piano track while creating a stripped-down take on the song, much like he heard in rehearsal; the new mix was paired with footage from the original video shoot at the Dominion Theatre.

Alongside the song and video’s release, Clark is also streaming footage of an interview with the Queen icon and himself that sees the pair share their experience working together to create “Time.”

Mercury – who passed away in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS – was portrayed by Rami Malek in the 2018 biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”; its worldwide success earned four Academy Awards, including Best Actor to Malek and technical production honors in the fields of Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.

The project has inspired Queen's 2019/2020 Rhapsody tour, which premieres with a North American trek that begins in Vancouver, BC on July 10 and early 2020 appearances in New Zealand and Australia.

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