Queen - The Works


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The Works is the eleventh studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on 27 February 1984 by EMI Records just shortly after recording for the album had been completed in the United Kingdom and it is the band's first studio album to be released by Capitol Records in the United States. After the synth-heavy Hot Space (1982), the album saw the re-emergence of Brian May and Roger Taylor's rock sound, while still incorporating the early 80s retro futuristic electronic music (at the behest of Freddie Mercury) and New York funk scenes (John Deacon's topic of interest). Recorded at the Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California, and Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany, from August 1983 to January 1984, the album's title comes from a comment Taylor made as recording began – "Let's give them the works!".

During the decade, after a negative reaction to the music video for "I Want to Break Free" in the United States, the band decided not to tour in North America and lost the top spot in US sales, but sales around the world would be much better, especially in Europe. Despite failing to reach number one, it spent 94 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, the longest for a Queen studio album. The Works has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Radio Ga Ga" Roger Taylor 5:48
2. "Tear It Up" Brian May 3:28
3. "It's a Hard Life" Freddie Mercury 4:08
4. "Man on the Prowl" Mercury 3:28


Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Machines (or 'Back to Humans')" May Taylor 5:10
6. "I Want to Break Free" John Deacon 3:20
7. "Keep Passing the Open Windows" Mercury 5:21
8. "Hammer to Fall" May 4:28
9. "Is This the World We Created...?" May Mercury 2:13
Total length: 37:15 (WIKIPEDIA)

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