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The Works (Deluxe Version)

February 7, 2012

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Hollywood Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:02:16
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  • ASIN: B0071T5K8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,217 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Pulling themselves up after the commercial disappointment of "Hot Space" meant two things for Queen in America. The first was a major return to the pomp of their glory days, the second was a label change to Capitol. The band strikes a serious pose on the cover of "The Works," the the first single made them sound like they were ready to get back to business. "Radio gaga" is now notorious for two reasons: it was the last Queen US Top 40 single (prior to the reissue of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and inspired a young New Yorker to take that song's last name and claim it for herself.

There's also a question of the album's focus. The nine songs sound more of a piece than "Hot Space" did, from the aching closer "Is The The World We Created" to the worldwide hit "I Want to Break Free" (the single/video mix, which is substantially different than the original, makes one of the reissue's bonus tracks). While both "The Game" and "Hot Space" seemed consumed with dance synths, this time they hold that to the goofy "Machines/Back To Humans." Probably the smartest move of all was tossing the drum machine out the window and letting Roger Taylor back to his drum kit. As Queen's 80's discs go, "The Works" is one of the better ones.

As for the bonus discs, the real surprise is the remixed versions of "I Want to break Free" and the harder rocking version of "Hammer To Fall." There's a B-Side, "I Go Crazy" that has the laugh-inducing line "but I don't wanna go see Queen!" and finally, the Christmas single "Thank God It's Christmas," which was only available before on the lackluster third volume of greatest hits. A pair of live cuts round out the disc. Overall, a nice set of extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J. Reardon on November 11, 2014
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Queen's eleventh studio album The Works was released in March of 1984.
The band were frustrated after the poor response to Hot Space and was the album that was the start of the unnecessary downfall Queen had.
With The Works, Queen made some changes. First, they switched record labels from Elektra to Capitol/EMI to all countries outside Europe where they were already with EMI. Second, the band decided to go back to their classic sound whilst moving forward simultaneously. Third, Queen and co-producer Mack decided to record the album mainly in the US. Would these changes improve or hurt Queen, read on!
The Works kicks off with drummer Roger Taylor's ode to MTV and radio called "Radio Ga Ga". The song is about how much the singer misses listening to the radio, and how MTV and music videos had replaced the radio and interesting fact, Roger's son Oscar came up with the title after he heard some New Wave act on the radio in LA and replied "Radio Ca Ca" (they didn't change the lyric). That track did well hitting #16 in the US but was also cemented the band's downfall in the US as their hard rock fans were irate that "Ga Ga" was the first single (and a certain pop star Stephanie Germanotta took her stage name from this song's title, just replace Radio with Lady and you know who I'm referring to). We then rock out next with Brian's "Tear It Up". This song rocks and had the band decided to release this rocker as the US' first single, I believe The Works would have done well Stateside. Next is classic Freddie on the ballad "It's A Hard Life". This song is a masterpiece and its video was classic much to what Brian and Roger claim otherwise. We end The Works' first side with Freddie's "Man On The Prowl".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Now there are other reviews for this CD. But not this particular remaster. The first of the new Queen double CD remasters I actually picked up. By virtue of it's hits,and also the fact I somehow associate Queen in my mind with this particular period of their career this is one of those albums I was always extremely curious about. Turned it down many times and regretted it each one. So when I found out it was being remastered I made the plunge. Queen were thoroughly engaged in the MTV era when this album came out. Not only that they were about to embark on a very famous tour and made a show stopping performance at Live Aid. Soon thanks to some fast living on his part,Freddie would sadly fall victim of HIV/AIDS and Queen's fortunes would start to hit the skids a little. In a sense one could almost say this represented a strong peak for the band. From the time they released Jazz at the end of the 70's up to this albums predecessor-the highly misunderstood Hot Space the band had been giving their sound a new makeover,in particular emphasizing funk and dance elements into their sound. But all the same maintaining their rock side as well. On this particular album? Well everything all came together it seems. And I personally see it as a triumph for the group.

"Radio Ga Ga" is probably the bands most fully realized hit of the decade. With it's electro-funk rhythms,heavy pop songcraft and anthemic hook,it says it all pretty much for Queen during this era. Not to mention it's celebration and support of radio,to which they had a lot to be thankful for.
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