Watch Freddie Mercury Perform Never-before-seen Version of Time Waits for No One
Universal Music Group / UMe today announced the release of "Time Waits For No One", a performance unpublished and unpublished Freddie Mercury, legendary leader of the queen. Originally recorded in 1986 for the concept-album of the musical 'TIME & # 39; with the musician, songwriter and producer Dave Clark, "Time Waits For No One" presents Freddie Mercury at his most fascinating; a completely uncluttered performance, accompanied only by a piano, featuring one of the most appreciated and spectacular voices of music.
The new video that accompanies it will delight millions of Queen and Freddie fans around the world. Attend an unprecedented sequence of Freddie's performance in his most captivating, iconic and electric film, recorded one afternoon in April 1986 at the Dominion Theater in London. It follows the unprecedented global success of last year's Queen Biography Bohemian Rhapsody which has become the most profitable musical biopic in history , generating more than $ 900 million at the box office with the actor Remi Malek winning the category of best actor at the Oscars and Golden Globes for his interpretation of Mercure on the big screen. In December 2018, Queen's seminal single Bohemian Rhapsody was named the most-watched track of the 20th century, as well as the most-watched classical rock song of all time.
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"Temps" It's the invention of Dave Clark, former leader of the extremely popular group The Dave Clark Five, which has millions of sales, and one of the musicians, authors -the most prolific and famous producers and producers in the United Kingdom. Time, the West End musical, which opened at the Dominion Theater in London in April 1986, fused science fiction, rock, and avant-garde multimedia and special effects. With a cast including Sir Laurence Olivier and Cliff Richard, he broke records and performed in front of over a million people during his two years of existence.
For the concept-album sold to several million exhibitors, Dave had: a song in mind for Freddie ("In My Defense"), and despite critics of the industry claiming that & # 39; He would not do it, Freddie agreed to fly to London from his home in Munich, Germany, to record the song at Abbey Road Studios from October 1985. Mike Moran, the group Dave's four-session musicians, who had never met Freddie, was introduced to the piano after meeting Dave for many years. This was Freddie's subsequent relationship with Mike, who wrote "Barcelona" with singer Queen a few years later. The "Time" session was recorded in a late-night haze fueled by "fabulous food, vodka and Cristal Champagne", courtesy of Freddie's personal chef, Joe Fanelli.
Dave Clark still remembers the recording session:
"We got on very well … if I did not like what I would say, and vice versa … we both aimed at the same goal: to create something special. "
When Freddie asks him if he has anything else, Dave responds in the affirmative by proposing the title of the musical, "Time". In January 1986, they returned to Abbey Road Studios with an incredibly talented group of musicians to record the song. Dave wrote the song with John Christie, unbeknownst to them at the time. The words "Time does not expect anyone" would be as relevant today. Having started as a rhythm track, the session recorded 48 tracks of choruses (Freddie, John Christie and Peter Straker), 2 bands of 24 tracks locked together – something that had never been done before for such a large amount of chorus in Abbey Road – and the final version of "Time" including a huge production of 96 tracks.
The video of the song was filmed in three hours on a Tuesday at the Dominion Theater and was quickly wrapped up to allow the musical to get ready. Tonight's performance had opened earlier this month with Freddie attending the opening party. Worried to grasp the entire performance, it was a 4-camera photo shoot, which was cut off quickly in order to be able to reverse the trend for the broadcast this week of the year. hit TV show "Top of the Pops" in the UK. Going directly to the video, not the original 35mm movie in which it was shot, the song was released on May 6 this year and the original footage was recorded in the vaults.
Dave Clark was always reminded of this performance. Freddie Mercury at Abbey Road Studios from 1986. The original had sold millions and, in his own words, "worked". But the feeling that he had had during the initial rehearsal, feeling "goose bumps", had not dissipated over the decades, and he wanted to hear that original recording – just Freddie at the singing and Mike Moran at the piano. After searching the vaults a lot to find the version without the choruses, he finally extracted it from his tape archive in the spring of 2018.
Inviting the original keyboardist Mike Moran to record a new track of piano, he restores the enormous potential of this historic performance in the latter's studio in Buckinghamshire, Dave, believing that "the impossible was possible" ends up producing the performance that he wanted to revive – bringing the 96-track version back to a single version: Freddie Mercury.
But the audio needed a visual and Dave did not just want to cut the old footage together. He had the negatives of shooting 4 cameras and the untreated film that was stored for some time at Rank Laboratories in Pinewood, but which was returned to Dave after his 2014 documentary, Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond . A four-day confinement in a special installation to examine negatives with his publisher led to the discovery and production of this visual masterpiece, a perfect representation of Freddie's "magical performance". he tasted every word.
"Time Waits For No One" is a tribute to the musical strength of Freddie Mercury; performance, drama, vocal range and after four decades of waiting behind the scenes are finally looking for old and new fans; Superb funeral eulogy to the Queen's Chief, produced and directed by one of his closest friends.
"The time ahead" is available on UMe / Universal Music Group.