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Freddie Mercury in the Time video

Time and Time again: “lost” Freddie Mercury performance unearthed

In the wake of the success of last year’s Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, a new version of Mercury’s 1986 solo hit Time has been released, with the original’s multiple layers of vocals and instrumentation stripped back to reveal the full power of the Queen singer’s performance.

Written by Dave Clark for his stage musical Time, the original version was one of two songs Mercury recorded for the show’s accompanying album, and reached number 32 in the UK charts thirty-three years ago this month. Freddie’s other contribution to the album, In My Defence, wasn’t released as a single at the time but was remixed into a posthumous top ten hit in 1992.

Despite his contributions to the Time album, Mercury turned down the offer of a starring role in the show, apparently telling Clark: “For one thing, my darling, I don’t get up until 3pm, so I can’t do matinees. For another, when I do a show, I sing my butt off for three hours and then I drop dead. So it would be impossible to do eight shows a week.” With a cast including Cliff Richard and a projection of Sir Laurence Olivier, the show ran in London for two years.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Clark recalls how Mercury’s first take of the song “gave me goosebumps” and is keen to stress that the release of the track is not an attempt to cash in on the success of Bohemian Rhapsody. “I decided it would be wrong to bring it out before the film or during it,” he explains, “so I waited.”

Now retitled Time Waits For No One, the track has been remixed on previous occasions, including a Nile Rodgers mix on 1992’s The Freddie Mercury Album, but this is the first time Freddie’s demo version has been released. An accompanying video clip has also been prepared, using footage from the original 1986 promo and additional scenes which were not used at the time.

Off The Chart: 18 June 1984

Off The Chart: 18 June 1984

Join us on a trip back to this day in 1984 on another edition of Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual mix of the week’s obscure and half-remembered hits, plus a flavour of the week’s album chart, a look … read more

Off The Chart: 11 June 1989

Off The Chart: 11 June 1989

We’re going back a mere thirty years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit this week in 1989. Tune in for a brace of hits you might have forgotten (or never knew about in the first place), three of … read more

Off The Chart: 4 June 1983

Off The Chart: 4 June 1983

Come back to this day in 1983 as we unearth some buried treasure on another Off The Chart! As always we’ve got a shedload of hits you might have forgotten or never knew in the first place, plus tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 28 May 1987

Off The Chart: 28 May 1987

We’re nipping back to this day in 1987 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for another two hours of hits you might have forgotten, or never knew in the first place, plus a sampling of the new entries … read more

Off The Chart: 21 May 1981

Off The Chart: 21 May 1981

Come all the way back to this day in 1981 with us on another Off The Chart! As usual we’ll have two hours of hits you might not remember, as well as some of the week’s new hit albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

We’re heading back 33 years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit the UK singles chart from this day in 1986! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten or half remembered hits, pick out three new entries on … read more

Off The Chart: 7 May 1982

Off The Chart: 7 May 1982

Time for another trip back in time to resurrect some of the hits you’ve forgotten about or maybe didn’t know about in the first place – yes, it’s 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian as … read more

Off The Chart: 30 April 1988

Off The Chart: 30 April 1988

Here we go again with another trip to 1988 for this week’s Off The Chart! We’ve got all the usual features, except for one… There’s still the regular round-up of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, … read more

Off The Chart: 23 April 1985

Off The Chart: 23 April 1985

It’s the end of another dexy which means it’s 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for another two hours of hits, headlines and Harvesters including the usual barrowload of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one … read more

Off The Chart: 16 April 1980

Off The Chart: 16 April 1980

Join us for another two hours of hits, headlines and horsefeathers as we journey all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual we’ve got a host of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from … read more