LISTEN: The "lost" version of Freddie Mercury song sees the light of day

We all know Freddie Mercury was an incredible performer with a remarkable voice. Now, we get to hear and see Freddie Mercury's wonderful version of a song many may not have even heard before.

This past Thursday, Universal Music released a song and video for a previously unreleased version of the 1986 song "Time Waits for No One." It's a stripped-down performance of the song with Mercury's vocals accompanied only by a piano. The original version, which was released as a more "theatrical" version backed by a full choir, hit #32 on the UK charts and was credited to Freddie as a solo artist, not as part of Queen. The song itself was part of Dave Clark musical "Time" (yes, that Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five.)

Universal Music explained in a statement with the release that Mercury's friend and producer Dave Clark made sure this recording was dug out of the vault, which originally happened last year:

"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 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."

Along with the newly released song version, Clark and his team put together a new video, pieced together using negatives from the original video shoot at the Dominion Theater, which you can watch here. The single is available to stream via video (above) and most streaming platforms - check for it on your free iHeartRadio app!

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