The Works

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087250591
  • Catalog Number: 001460202
  • Sales rank: 57,100

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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