Around the year 1986, Freddie Mercury originally wanted Queen to record the title track for the musical, 'Time'. UMG has recently released the previously-unheard version as a music video on YouTube, calling it 'Time Waits for No One'.
The originally released rendition of the song appeared on the soundtrack album of the science-fiction musical that starred Cliff Richard, Laurence Olivier, and more in its cast, lasting a two-year run in West End, London. Mercury's longtime friend, Dave Clark, spearheaded the musical. He also known for leading a '60s British Invasion band, Dave Clark Five.
Clark told Rolling Stone that the first time he heard Mercury sing this song, it gave him goosebumps. "I thought, ''This is magic," he said. The song was co-written by Clark and John Christie and was produced with heavy layers of backing vocals and drums.
Clark has stripped the song down, focusing only on Mercury's vocals and adding a new piano accompaniment. You can watch and listen to the song below.
Clark said that he wasn't inclined to clash with the release of Queen's biopic film, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' late last year, claiming he has been trying to do this for decades. He tells Billboard, "I was trying to get it together for myself and I couldn’t find it until the end of 2017 when I heard they were starting to film. I thought it would be wrong to bring it out [when] the film came out. It was so big I waited until it petered off and died down a bit."
Clark also mentioned that it was never an issue about money, saying that it was the only unreleased track by Mercury. "We all know how good he is. But this shows how extra special he is when nobody knows and there’s nobody else accompanying him," he says.
Listen to the originally released song below.