Queen was recognized for highly-produced, sweeping ballads comparable to “Bohemian Rhapsody” — however when artist/producer Dave Clark met Freddie Mercury at Abbey Street Studios in 1985, he needed to listen to a unique facet of the enduring singer.
They had been there to report the title observe from Mercury’s sci-fi rock musical “Time,” which grew to become a thunderous rock anthem very similar to the others, peaking at No. 32 on the UK charts. However earlier than they wrapped the session, Clark requested the legendary frontman to attempt a stripped-down model — simply Freddie and a piano.
This bare-bones rendition, which they known as “Time Waits for No One,” Clark tells USAToday, “gave me goosebumps.”
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“It (grew to become) a mega-production, which I used to be proud of and Freddie beloved,” Clark says. “However I didn’t take into consideration what we had initially achieved till a decade or so later, once I thought, ‘I’ve by no means felt that type of goosebumps feeling that I obtained on that unique run-through at Abbey Street with simply Freddie and piano.’ ”
For many years “Time Waits for No One” sat in Clark’s archives, till spring 2018 when he determined to unearth the recording and polish it with a contemporary piano backing observe, carried out by the unique session pianist Mike Moran. Clark didn’t need the by no means earlier than heard music to be overshadowed by Queen’s now Oscar-winning biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which premiered within the fall of that 12 months, so he held on to the observe till now.
Clark says the songs lyrics nonetheless resonate right this moment.
“Freddie simply needed to have enjoyable and dwell within the second,” he says. Within the studio, “he gave his all. If Freddie didn’t like one thing, he’d cease and say so. He was very meticulous. That’s why I used to be stunned we hit it off so properly, as a result of all people mentioned he’d be a nightmare to work with. However Freddie was nice. We had been each aiming to create one thing particular and it actually was particular.”