Produced by: Dave Clark and Freddie Mercury
Recorded at: Abbey Road Studios
UK EMI 7": 6 May 1986 EMI 5559 / UK Chart #32
UK EMI 12": 6 May 1986 12 EMI 5559

7" Side One
1. Time (Single Version) (Clark/Christie) 3:58
  7" Side Two
1. Time (Instrumental Version) (Clark/Christie) 3:22

12" Side One
1. Time (Extended Mix) (Clark/Christie) 4:37
  12" Side Two
1. Time (Single Version) (Clark/Christie) 3:58
2. Time (Instrumental Version) (Clark/Christie) 3:22

Related Songs
In My Defence (Clark/Soames/Daniels), It's In Everyone Of Us (Pomeranz), Born To Rock 'n' Roll (Clark/Soames/Daniels)

Single Info

Time was a West End musical production conceived by Dave Clark, David Soames, and Jeff Daniels. The idea was to run a live musical with state of the art special effects, a true multimedia experience. To accompany the live musical, Clark wanted to produce a Time concept album featuring recording artists from all spectrums of music and people he admired.

Dave Clark was a fan of Freddie's since Queen's legendary Hyde Park concert and wanted him not only for the concept album but for the live show. Clark flew to Munich in person to present Freddie the script, videos, and various tracks. Freddie did not like the idea of matinee performances, but did agree to record the track In My Defence for the concept album. In My Defence was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in October 1985; guitar and synthesizer parts were recorded at Musicland Studios in Germany.

The title track, Time, was originally not meant for Freddie, but after his incredible performance of In My Defence, Clark had little choice. Time was recorded in January 1986, also at Abbey Road Studios, featuring Freddie, John Christie, and Peter Straker on backing vocals, all 48 tracks of them!

A third track from Time, Born To Rock 'n' Roll nearly went to Freddie, but Cliff Richard had been contracted to record the song, which was also released as a single.

The track Time was released as a single on both 7" and 12" on May 6, 1986, reaching #32 in the UK chart. In My Defence, oddly enough, was never a single at the time, but found success after Freddie's death. In My Defence was remixed by Ron Nevison and released as a 7" vinyl and a 2-part CD single in the UK on November 30, 1992, reaching a respectable #8 in the chart.

The musical debuted on April 9, 1986, running for two years at London's Dominion Theatre, the future home of the Queen musical We Will Rock You. The Time concept album featured not only Freddie Mercury but also Cliff Richard, Lawrence Olivier, Julian Lennon, Stevie Wonder, and Dionne Warwick, among others.

Freddie was convinced to do a one-off live performance at the Dominion Theatre for the musical. "Give Time To AIDS" was a gala charity performance to raise money for the deadly disease which eventually claimed Mercury's life. This proved to Freddie's final live performance.

Time was revisited again in 2019 as a stripped down version, featuring just Freddie's vocal and a new piano performance by Mike Moran. The newly renamed Time Waits For No One was released as a digital download with physical media formats following a month later.


Time (Album Version) 2:58
Appears on: Dave Clark's "Time" The Album LP

Two things separate this version from the Single Version: firstly, the song starts with crowd cheering almost drowning out the beginning; secondly, the song is split in two (see the Reprise below). Why, you ask? The character singing the song is whisked away in the middle of his concert, mid-song, to stand trail for the crimes of humanity. So his song, "Time" gets interrupted. In the context the entire soundtrack album, it makes sense, but doesn't make for a clean version of this particular song. Worth hearing to understand how it fits into a key moment of the stage play, but otherwise you'll be happier with the Single Version (see further down).

Time (Reprise) 0:58
Appears on: Dave Clark's "Time" The Album LP

Whooshing back to Earth, the singer reappears onstage at the moment he left, so at the end of the soundtrack album, the song picks up where it left off and all is well with the universe again. Rather than trying to edit the two pieces together, as I said before, go find the Single Version.

The Return - Time (Reprise) 3:10
Appears on: Dave Clark's "Time" The Album iTunes download

In 2012, the Time album finally was released digitally format on iTunes. The iTunes version of the album combined The Return and the Time reprise as one track.

Time (Single Version) 3:58
Appears on: UK Time 7" vinyl, UK Time 12" vinyl, The Solo Collection, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs (Limited Edition)

This is the full, unaltered version of a great song. Co-written by Dave Clark for his musical of the same name (see above), this seems tailor-made for Freddie. Even without knowing the context of the stage play, the song's lyrics are easily accessible and universally relevant. Hands down, this is a great track!

Time (Extended Mix) 4:37
Appears on: UK Time 12" vinyl, The Solo Collection

Not extended very much (only about 40 secs), this rivals the Single Version in most ways. A real treat is the sax in the middle, which is not present in the Single or Album versions. The only failing is right at the very end, with the fast rattling off of the chorus line. Otherwise, this is a great version.

Time (Instrumental Version) 3:22
Appears on: UK Time 7" vinyl, UK Time 12" vinyl, The Solo Collection

Almost the entire song as an instrumental, with the first verse cut out. Not bad, until you reach the very end, when the sudden burst of chorus hits your ears. It is the same ending as the Extended Version, but more jarring because you don't expect it from a mostly instrumental track. A full uncut instrumental, without that blast at the end, would be perfect.

Time (Nile Rodgers Mix) 3:49
Appears on: US The Great Pretender CD, The Freddie Mercury Album, Remixes CD, The Solo Collection, US Hollywood Records Time promo CD

Time was remixed by the multi-talented Nile Rodgers (of Chic fame) for the 1992 Freddie Mercury compilations. The backing is calmer and less weighty, making the song a bit less urgent, but no less strong. This version is easily recognizable in the opening verse, featuring prominent keyboard in the backing track. It's a good runner-up to the Single Version and easy to find on both The Great Pretender and The Freddie Mercury Album.

Time (Nile Rodgers Radio Mix) 3:49
Appears on: US Hollywood Records Time promo CD

This is one of the stranger mixes you will find. The track starts with Freddie singing "Time.." instead of "Time waits". The last vocal line comes in at about a half beat earlier than the regular Nile Rodgers remix, which itself comes in earlier than the 1987 single version.

Time (2000 Remix) 4:01
Appears on: Solo, Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles

Arguably an improvement on the Single Version, this remix by Dave Clark simply cleans up the backing tracks, allowing each instrument more presence and ultimately more punch. You can easily pick out this version by listening to the first verse. Freddie's lead vocal is brought to the front and is easily heard over the backing vocals. This version appears on a few odd releases. It's first appearance was on the bonus disc of 2000's "Solo" 3 CD set. It was notably not included on The Solo Collection or on Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs. It did reappear on 2016's Messenger Of The Gods vinyl singles box set in place of the 1986 single version.

Time Waits For No One 3:18
Appears on: Time Waits For No One CD single, Time Waits For No One 7" picture disc, Never Boring CD, Never Boring vinyl, Never Boring box set

Time Waits For No One is a stripped down, renamed version of the 1986 track Time. This brand new mix removes all of the original orchestration, which is replaced by a new piano performance by Mike Moran. Freddie's original vocals and some alternative bits are pulled from the multitracks to complete this thrilling new version. Released as a download in June 2019 and in physical formats the following the month, Time Waits For No One received a fair amount of mainstream media attention.

In My Defence

In My Defence (Album Version) 3:57
Appears on: Dave Clark's "Time" The Album LP

This is a beautiful and powerful song which, like "Time," is perfectly suited to Freddie, making this a must-have for even casual Queen fans. Freddie sings as if his life depends on it (true to the character, who is literally singing for his life). The album version of In My Defence opens with continuing dialogue from the previous track. The song starts with a synthesized string opening with dialogue continuing over the music.

In My Defence (Ron Nevison Mix) 3:51
Appears on: US The Great Pretender CD, The Freddie Mercury Album, UK In My Defence 7" vinyl, UK In My Defence CD single (Part 1), UK In My Defence CD single (Part 2), The Solo Collection

Ron Nevison is an American producer best known for his work with UFO, Survivor, Chicago, and Ozzy Osbourne. In 1992, his mix of In My Defence debuted on the compilation albums The Great Pretender and The Freddie Mercury Album. This version was also used for a single release which charted at number 8 in the UK. The mix is meant to be more single oriented than the original album version; it loses the synth string opening and has a slightly heavier backing track with more guitar and different percussion. Also of note, this version is not featured on the 2016 Messenger Of The Gods box set; instead Dave Clark's 2000 Remix is used instead.

In My Defence (1992 CD Single "Original Version") 3:49
Appears on: UK In My Defence CD single (Part 1)

Unlike Time, In My Defence was not released as a single in 1986. When it came to release Freddie Mercury compilation albums, there was no clean, dialogue-free version of the song to include. A remix by Ron Nevison was used for The Freddie Mercury Album and The Great Pretender in 1992. Nevison's mix was also the centerpoint for a vinyl and two CD singles to support The Freddie Mercury album. The first of the two CD singles featured the "Original Version" of In My Defence as the closing track. This is an edited version of the album version. The track starts with piano and the last few bits of the synth string opening over top. Instead of doing a proper dialogue free mix, the dialogue and synth string opening were just chopped off.

In My Defence (The Solo Collection Version) 3:58
Appears on: The Solo Collection

The Solo Collection included In My Defence on the second "Singles" CD. However, the version used never appeared on any CD single. What the box set lacked in accuracy for including this version, it more than made up for in content. This is a true stand-alone version of the song. The full synthesized string opening is present but the pointless dialogue from the album version is not present in this mix.

In My Defence (Instrumental Version) 3:57
Appears on: The Solo Collection

This is an instrumental of The Solo Collection version. It is Freddie's performance that makes this song what it is, so an instrumental version will always come up short. That said, this mix really does get moving around the second verse, when the strings come in. Freddie's last few vocals sneak in at the end.

In My Defence (2000 Remix) 3:55
Appears on: Solo, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs (Limited Edition), Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles, Never Boring CD, Never Boring vinyl, Never Boring Box Set

In 2000, Dave Clark remixed both Freddie Mercury songs from his Time musical album. This new remix is extremely similar to the Ron Nevison version; it seems to have more clarity and the piano is more prominent in the mix. The synthesized string opening is not present here; the song opens with piano. Also of note, this version is featured on the 2016 Messenger Of The Gods box set in place of the Nevison mix.

In My Defence (Video Version with Interview Soundbites) 3:50
Appears on: The Solo Collection, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs DVD

This video version uses the audio from the Ron Nevison Mix and intercuts soundbites from various interviews with Freddie.

It's In Everyone Of Us

It's In Everyone Of Us (Live At The Dominion Theatre - April 14, 1988) 4:00
Appears on: Unreleased

A special gala performance of the musical Time was held on April 14, 1988 to raise money for AIDS charities. 'Give Time For AIDS' featured special performances by Cliff Richard and Freddie Mercury. Freddie performed four songs - Born To Rock 'n' Roll, In My Defence, It's In Everyone Of Us (w/ Cliff Richard), and Time. Audience recordings exist of the entire performance and a good soundboard recording of It's In Everyone Of Us has unofficially leaked. This proved to be Freddie Mercury's last non-mimed live performance.