Here’s the new single from Freddie Mercury. Wait–what?

Although Freddie continues to remain dead, he does have a song for us. This lost track made its appearance today.

A bit of background: This is actually a cover of a Dave Clark (of Dave Clark Five) song from the 60s and was destined for a weird, spacey West End musical called Time. That was 1986–and it was released in highly-produced version.

This newly-discovered recording is an early piano-only demo with a different vocal take. Clark matched Freddie’s isolated vocal with a newly-recorded piano track.

This underscores (a) the importance of labels and artists keeping all master recordings safe and sound and (b) the tragedy of the 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood. Besides the 500,000 tracks we’re told burned up, what else did we lose?

More at the BBC.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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