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Works

Queen Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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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

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars One video that spooked the horses. One great CD. Oct. 17 2005
Format:Audio CD
Queen never really cared for concept albums(except for maybe Queen II). Here you have a mixed bag of really exceptional song writing. "Radio Ga Ga" is probably the best song Roger Taylor ever wrote. Next you've got "Tear It Up", which I have to say worked better live, but that's just my opinion. "It's A Hard Life" is a song with beautiful lyrics. I think Freddie really put in much of his own personal turmoil at the time. "Man on the Prowl" and "Machines" were both at opposite ends of the album's musical spectrum. You've got the traditional rock-a-billy feel in "Prowl" versus the 80's techno-supercomputer programming feel of "Machines". "I Want To Break Free" is a Queen classic. It was John Deacon's second biggest hit to "Another One Bites The Dust" although it didn't do much commercially in the States. This is mainly because of the video (which featured the band in all out drag!) and naturally 'spooked the horses' amongst the conservative population of a Regan led nation. "Passing the Open Windows" has meant to be in the movie "The Hotel New Hampshire" but never made it there. "Hammer To Fall" is a straight forward rocker. I hate the album version and love the single edit instead. "Is This World We Created" is the final track and leaves us with a little bit of guilt for chopping down all those trees and ignoring the hungry people in the world. All-in-all it is fantastic. America was horrified: they became paranoid that Queen music might somehow turn their children into transvestite housecleaners with moustaches. LOL.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hammers! July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album starts with a very good track "Radio Ga Ga" which has very funny lyrics! "Tear It Up" is a heavy track, a very fast one. "It's a Hard Life" is quite a peaceful track. "I Want to Break Free" is a classic track. It must be the best track in this album. "Hammer to Fall" is also very heavy track. Real Rock! Other tracks are quite boring, so they aren't worth saying!
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By Alan
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to Queen, there's a slump for me after "News Of The World" which begins to rise back up with "A Kind Of Magic". I don't like too much on this album, but don't dislike the material -- it just doesn't do much for me. "It's A Hard Life", "Machines", "I Want To Break Free", and "Hammer To Fall" are standout tracks, but the rest of it, while (IMHO) not bad, just don't rise to the level of some of their other material (that the band was able to put out so many good albums is a testament to their talents). But this is just my opinion, to each his/her own. Any way you slice it, Queen was a great band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album worth the $ June 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I got this album a few days ago from amazon (nice job on the shipping guys). The whole album is great but several tracks really stand out. Radio Ga-Ga: classic, Roger Taylor's best. I want to break free: again, classic (if you can, try and see the video to this one; queen in drag=funny). Hammer to Fall: 80s rock with the queen sound (perfect). Is this the world we created: beautiful, simple, thumbs up. Best track=it's a hard life: freddie at one of his most personal points. Beautifully done, amazing vocals as always (again see the video, freaky at first but cool). I've seen people knocking the album and I can understand that perhaps you'd first want to get a compilation before geting this one if you're new to queen; but this is still a great album. If you don't like Queen, like em enough to apreciate this album, choice stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Musicians review of this album... May 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
Queen is my favorite band. They are diverse, fun, cheeky, melodic, excellent showmen, and are pioneers in the art of recording and songwriting.
"The Works" is simply an album from a band rebounding from a poor selling expirement viewed by some (not me) as awful. With this, we find Queen Coming back to what they did best; Over the top pop/rock that sounds effortless.
The album itself contains songs that have a hint to Queens early arraingments. What makes this album different from all of Queens albums is that there really isn't any diversity here at all (which is what distinguishes almost all Queen of albums). It's the basic Drums, bass, piano, layered guitars and vocals in a pop/rock setting. This is the reason that this album is so enjoyable is because of the overall 'feel' to the album... It basically is what it is...!
To me, the songs themselves are similar to their "A Day At The Races" album with the heavy melodies, harmonies, and rock/pop backdrop... but the production on the recording is very much 1984 with heavy slap-back on the final mixes. This is possibly what sets most listeners off..
The last reviewer said it best when he said That the album is not bad, but it's definately is a piece of work that when the mood strikes you for it, you'll listen to the whole thing and love it.
Check this out and see what you think. The melodies are great and it is definately something that you will like over time.
All The Best, The AndyMan ;o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It works Feb. 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
after hot space Queen took a break then came back with a solid effort. The works is a mixture of classic Queen sounds and 80's pop. Some of the classic queen sounds are freddy mercury's it's a hard life, see's freddy goin to his operatic influences, also the underated keep passing the open windows is a great song and has great lyrics. Brian may penned the hard rocker hammer to fall, while john Deacon and roger taylor came up with the biggest hits on the album, Deacons "I want to break free and taylors "Radio ga ga". Freddy and brian collaberated on "is this the world we created. The works isn't a night at the opera or sheer heart attack, but it's still very good album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for when the mood strikes
I find it a sin to say anything negative about Queen, and fortunately, one rarely must do so. And although The Works is not the pinnacle of Queen's music, it is a great album. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by D. Rausch
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen's best eighties album.
Track by track:
Radio Ga Ga - A big hit for Queen in the eighties, eminently hummable, if a bit overlong. Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by Thomas K. Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time Favourite CD
I would have to say this is my favourite CD, the funny thing is it has been my favourite since I was 6 years old, now thats a long time. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by karinam78
4.0 out of 5 stars A Top 10 Queen Album, But Not The Best
This album has some great songs on it such as I Want To Break Free, It's A Hard Life, and Machines (or 'Back To Humans'). I don't give it five stars simply because of one thing. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good stuff...
As an ardent fan of 70's Queen, this would certainly not be my favourite Queen album.
A lot of the songs - like 'Tear It Up' and 'Keep Passing The Open Windows' are quite... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2002 by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites...
'The Works' kicks off with Roger Taylor's addictive masterpiece, 'Radio Ga Ga', a nostalgic and catchy ode to the days before video. Read more
Published on June 24 2002 by Claire Hennessy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Game's older brother
Quite often, Queen's catalogue can appear to contain pairs of brother/sister albums, the most clear example being "A Night at the Opera" and "A Day at the Races", which were even... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2002 by Jhon
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