Works

Works

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Following the disappointing commercial performance of the dance-oriented Hot Space in 1982, Queen took 1983 off to get refocused and work on a follow-up that would put the band back on track. While the songwriting had definitely improved on the resulting The Works in 1984, the album sonically lacked the punch of such earlierSee more details below

Overview

Following the disappointing commercial performance of the dance-oriented Hot Space in 1982, Queen took 1983 off to get refocused and work on a follow-up that would put the band back on track. While the songwriting had definitely improved on the resulting The Works in 1984, the album sonically lacked the punch of such earlier releases as News of the World and The Game (strangely, Hot Space even had a better overall sound). Although the album only peaked at number 23 on the U.S. album charts, it was a Top Ten hit in just about every other area of the world, producing the huge single "Radio Ga Ga." Three other tracks were hits in Queen's native England -- the uplifting "I Want to Break Free," the love song "It's a Hard Life," and the politically conscious rocker "Hammer to Fall," which dealt with the danger of nuclear weapons. Other highlights included the '50s-sounding "Man on the Prowl," the electronic experiment "Machines," the thunderous "Tear It Up," and a touching acoustic ballad, "Is This the World We Created...?" Perhaps with a more straight-ahead production (and a U.S. tour), The Works would have landed Queen back on the top of the charts stateside.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2012
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087250591
catalogNumber:
001460202
Rank:
59801

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Radio Ga Ga  -  Queen
  2. Tear It Up  -  Queen
  3. It's a Hard Life  -  Queen
  4. Man On the Prowl  -  Queen
  5. Machines (Or 'Back To Humans')  -  Queen
  6. I Want To Break Free  -  Queen
  7. Keep Passing the Open Windows  -  Queen
  8. Hammer To Fall  -  Queen
  9. Is This the World We Created...?  -  Queen

Disc 2

  1. I Go Crazy  -  Queen
  2. I Want To Break Free  -  Queen
  3. Hammer To Fall  -  Queen
  4. Is This the World We Created...?  -  Queen
  5. It's a Hard Life  -  Queen
  6. Thank God It's Christmas  -  Queen

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist
Fred Mandel   Synthesizer,Piano

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Queen   Producer
Brian May   Composer,Executive Producer
Roger Taylor   Composer,Executive Producer
Jim Beach   Management
Michael Beiriger   Engineer
John Deacon   Composer
Nick Froome   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Fred Mandel   Programming,Synthesizer Arrangements
Nigel Mills   Engineer
Adam Ayan   Mastering
Gregg Brooks   Sleeve Notes
Deacon   Composer
Bill Smith   Sleeve Design
Gary Taylor   Sleeve Notes

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