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The Works

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This 1983 gem showcases It's a Hard Life; Radio Ga Ga , and I Want to Break Free !

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Radio Ga Ga
  2. Tear It Up
  3. Its A Hard Life
  4. Man On The Prowl
  5. Machines (Or Back To Humans)
  6. I Want To Break Free
  7. Keep Passing The Open Windows
  8. Hammer To Fall
  9. Is This The World We Created....?
  10. I Go Crazy
  11. Radio Ga Ga
  12. I Want To Break Free


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OBL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After the release of the Hot Space album in 1982, Queen knew that their next album had to be a good one, as Hot Space was poorly received by even their biggest fans. Some fans even got very picky and wanted Queen to reinstate their "no synthesizer" policy, which was lifted in 1980 with "The Game."... ... ...
This album gives you a taste of Queen both new and old. "It's A Hard Life" could have well fit on albums such as News Of The World or Jazz, while "Radio Ga Ga" and "Machines" showed everyone that Queen were just as hip to new sounds as anybody.
The album opens with "Radio Ga Ga," probably one of the best songs of the 80s. Ironically, this song with the sound of those others being played on MTV is about how much the singer misses listening to the radio, and how MTV has replaced the radio. Then, things get rocking with Brian's anthemic "Tear It Up," a track very reminiscent of "We Will Rock You," giving the listener an adrenaline rush and a musical high. Next is a track that is vintage Freddie Mercury from top to bottom. "It's A Hard Life" has everything one loves about Freddie. It is a piano ballad ala Somebody To Love with plenty of multilayered vocals and and excellent May guitar solo, yet it still rocks you. Following this then-current classic is a catchy rockabilly track. "Man On The Prowl" is somewhat reminiscent of Elvis Presley, except with a little more modern rock mixed in, as was their 1980 hit "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." The next track is not one of the more popular Queen tracks, but "Machines" is very very cool. All the synthesizers fit the lyrics perfectly. If the Terminator movies were made back then, one could picture a pretty cool video based on the movie being used for this synth track.
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Queen is my absolute favorite band on the planet and I am totally obsessed (as also with Freddie Mercury). I have a total of 12 Queen albums, and I plan to get more. I just picked up this one along with "A Kind Of Magic", about 3 weeks ago, and to be quite honest from listening to the song clips, I didn't think I was going to like this, along with the rest of Queen's 80's and 90's catalog...boy was I wrong. I knew the song's "Radio Ga Ga", "Hammer To Fall", and "I Want To Break Free", from both "Queen's Greatest Hits", and "Classic Queen".
All of those songs, plus those 2 albums are fabulous. But the rest of the tracks literally are just as fabulous, if not even more. "Tear it Up", is ultra heavy, and was written by Brian May. "It's A Hard Life", another great song, written by Mr. Mercury. "Man On The Prowl", is reminiscent of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", which Elvis-like rockabilly. "Machines", sounds like 80's incorporated music. "Is This The World We Created", is soft, melodic and beautiful.....But, my absolute,favorite track on the whole entire album has to be "Keep Passing The Open Windows", written by the man himself, Freddie Mercury. This song is reminiscent of "Bohemian Rhapsody", (don't believe me?, listen to it yourself)and basically the Queen we know from the mid 70's, featuring Freddie's elegant, heartfelt vocals against his elegant piano playing, progressions containing pop/hard rock, choiral overdubs, guitar solos, etc, to make it short, the perfect ingredients to a perfect song. The lyrics talk about feeling lonely and thinking about the end, which I think everyone has felt, or will feel some time in their life.
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'The Works' kicks off with Roger Taylor's addictive masterpiece, 'Radio Ga Ga', a nostalgic and catchy ode to the days before video. It's followed by an average rocker by Brian May, 'Tear It Up'. 'It's A Hard Life' and 'Man On The Prowl' are both by Freddie Mercury, the former being a classic rock/pop hit, the latter echoing 1979's Elvis-inspired 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'. The fifth track, a May/Taylor collaboration, is the sorely under-rated 'Machines'. Great lyrics, great music. Next up we have John Deacon's utterly brilliant 'I Want To Break Free'. (Love the video...) 'Keep Passing The Open Windows' is Mercury again. Originally recorded for a movie project, it's a high point of the album with stunning lyrics and a beautiful melody. 'Hammer To Fall' is another hard rock song by Brian May, completely surpassing his earlier contribution, and is - well, brilliant. The album ends with 'Is This The World We Created...?', another masterpiece, this time a thought-provoking collaboration between Mercury and May. Some of Queen's best work is on this album, although bear in mind that this is coming from someone who prefers their late 80s/early 90s work to the earlier 70s stuff.
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Although Queen made a fantastic turn into the 80s decade with their hit album "The Game", their disco-funk album "Hot Space" left them off charts in the United States and other long time fans skeptical. "The Works" marks the hit pop/rock band's return to the top in the UK, featuring several classic hit singles. However, as a full length studio album, "The Works" does not quite stand up Queen's best material. Read on for more.

The album opens with probably the best song Roger Taylor ever composed in his time with Queen. "Radio Ga Ga" is a beautiful, synth-driven pop classic which showcases Queen's ability to still write pop hits. "Tear it Up" is simply an all-out 2 minute rocker, and is well done. "It's A Hard Life" is maybe Freddie Mercury's best contribution to this album, and he pioneers it with his superb vocals and infectious piano line. "Man on the Prowl" is a folk/rockabilly song which is lacks a catchy melody. "Machines" is a little too ridiculous of a song, but has its moments. "I Want to Break Free" was a huge hit off this album, purely a fun pop tune. "Hammer to Fall" is an excellent rock song from Queen, showing that Brian May could still rock out with his guitar anytime he wanted to. "Is This the World We Created..." is a haunting melody, backed beautifully by Mercury's gorgeous vocals. "I Go Crazy" is another solid rocker to close and the remixes are decent.

Overall, this is a pretty solid studio album by Queen, and skyrocketed them back on top of the charts in the UK. Featuring a few hit singles, this marked Queen's use of synthesizers excessively. Although it does not stand up to their 70s albums, this will be a hit for any diehard Queen fan. Recommended.
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